Courses of Study 2022-2023 
    Oct 04, 2023  
Courses of Study 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Policies, Procedures, Students Services, and Supports

At the outset, all students in the Cornell Jeb. E. Brooks School of Public Policy are admitted through the College of Human Ecology (CHE). Brooks School undergraduates must also meet their admitting college policies and procedures. (See CHE Policies and Procedures for more information). For policies regarding Brooks graduate programs please refer to the respective Brooks program page.

Professional Graduate Advising

Each professional master student is assigned a faculty advisor who can provide expert insight on curriculum planning. In addition to faculty advisement, each of our professional graduate programs offer career services.

Brooks Masters in Public Administration Office of Career Management
Assistant Director, Millie Reed
MVR 2201

The Office of Career Management is designed to help Master of Public Administration students and alumni put their degree to work in a competitive job market. Services include guidance to assemble individualized career plan, résumé and cover letter critiques, interview training, and networking advice. 

Sloan Executives in Residence
Associate Director, Cathy Bartell, MHA  
MVR 3301A

Experienced professionals in the Sloan Alumni network serve as executives in residence (EIR) to provide our Master of Health Administration students with industry insights. EIRs critique résumés, perform mock interviews, and help students identify and secure internships and full-time positions customized to students’ unique career interests.

Undergraduate Advising
To help students navigate the many opportunities and resources available in the Brooks School and at Cornell more broadly, we have developed a team approach to academic advising and student support. This approach is designed to give students the best support possible as they make their way through our Brooks programs. While it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to make sure that their course selections meet graduation requirements, our advising team will be available every step of the way. We want our students to succeed and are here to help make that happen.

Brooks School’s Office of Enrollment and Student Services

Director, Christie Avgar, MSW, LCSW
MVR 2301

The Brooks Office of Enrollment and Student Services is first point of contact for Brooks undergraduate students throughout their time at Cornell. The staff advisors in this office work closely with faculty advisors and offices across the university to provide personal and academic counseling, while encouraging a healthy school-life balance. Please note that our Enrollment and Student Services counselors are not formal psychiatrists or therapists. However, they are they are available to help students navigate Cornell, and to offer guidance, support, and referral.

The following support services and student groups are managed by and provided in consultation with the Brooks Office of Enrollment and Student Services:

  • Undergraduate Admissions – offering support for both first-year and transfer applicants
  • Academic Advising – Includes support with course scheduling, academic planning, graduation requirements, interpretating academic policies, minor selection, pre-med/pre-law advisement, study abroad planning, and related questions.
  • Career Counseling - Includes support with identifying career outcomes, developing networking skills, selecting course work appropriate to various career goals, and guidance on navigating the interview and job search or graduation school application process. Services include cover letter review, mock interviews, and résumé review.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programming – The Brooks School is committed to fostering an equitable and inclusive learning community.   Programming includes a peer-partnership program and our pre-first year summer program among other opportunities.    
  • Liaison, advocacy, and referral services - providing students connections with other Cornell offices such as Cornell Health, the Learning strategies center, Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI), Student Disability Services, and more.

As needed, the Brooks Office of Enrollment and Student Services partners with a shared Office of Student and Career Development that offers both Brooks School and College of Human Ecology students support in career planning, navigating off-campus opportunities, multicultural programming, and other advising and support areas.

Faculty Advisors

The Brooks School faculty advisors are experts in their field who know their way around Cornell and can give provide students valuable insight as they select electives, consider research opportunities, navigate challenging coursework, and think about academic goals. Our interdisciplinary team of faculty advisors have backgrounds in demography, economics, methods, or sociology, in addition to their expertise in public policy.

All undergraduate students are randomly assigned a faculty advisor during their first week in the Brooks School. If a student’s policy interests better align with an alternate advisor’s background, a faculty advisor change may be requested at