Advising

Newly admitted students in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Western Michigan University need to see an advisor before starting a program so that all their questions can be answered and a customized program plan developed.

Undergraduate programs

Major and/or minor declarations - Contact the College of Arts and Sciences advising office at (269) 387-4366

Major and/or minor in-depth questions and student program planning are handled through School of Public Affairs and Administration at (269) 387-8930.

  • Dr. Vickie Edwards - Tuesdays - by appointment only
    September 4 through December 18

Master of Public Administration

Lansing appointments are handled through School of Public Affairs and Administration at (269) 387-8930 to make an appointment.

  • Dr. Robert Peters
    Fridays 9/7, 9/28, 10/26 and 11/30 from noon to 5:30 p.m. – by appointment only

Kalamazoo appointments are handled through the School of Public Affairs and Administration at (269) 387-8930.

  • Dr. Matthew Mingus – Tuesdays – by appointment only
    January 8, 15, 22, and 29, 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    February 5, 12, 19, and 26, 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    March 12 and 26, 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    April 2, 9, and 16, 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • Dr. Udaya Wagle
    Tuesday, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.– by appointment only
    Thursday, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.– by appointment only

If you foresee the need for a leave of absence, to extend your time to complete the degree, or to discuss strategies for success, please see an advisor. Graduate coursework coupled with a full-time job can be difficult.

Doctor of Philosophy

Doctoral students should contact Dr. Matthew Mingus.