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Public Service Management - The MPA Program at CCNY


Public Service Management is the program at City College and the Colin Powell School offering a master's degree in public administration (MPA).  The MPA is a management degree that prepares students for leadership roles in government agencies and nonprofit organizations. In addition to a rigorous curriculum, the program offers career services, internships in Washington, DC, scholarships, and research opportunities. As part of the Colin Powell School, our students have unprecedented access to world leaders, policy makers, and opportunity.  Almost eighty percent of our graduates have jobs within the first six months of graduation.  The pay increase for graduates has averaged fifty percent. (Read about requirements, courses, and schedule.)

MPA students and graduates work at the White House, have won New York City Urban Fellowships, and have taken top honors in a distinguished policy writing competition. Others have worked on important public health issues, managed community-based programs for under-privileged teens, and advanced the agendas of influential politicians.

Apply to the Program

Students interested in applying for admission to the MPA program should follow the step-by-step process outlined on the graduate admissions page of the City College website.Contact the program for more information.  The deadline for September 2015 was extended and is now March 31st . Students are not admitted to the program at other times.

Program News and Announcements

Student Study Published

Erika2Second year student Erica Guadalupe co-authored a recent study published in the Journal of Community Health.  The study, Health Care and End of Life Decisions, looked at end-of-life decision making for Hispanic seniors in East Harlem.  

Study Examines Noncitizen Voting for New York City

noncitizen1Should documented noncitizen residents be permitted to vote in municipal elections? This is the question that MPA students Ramon Jimenez, James Suggett, and Gregory Werhner examined in their final semester capstone project. Working under the guidance of Matt Bitz, their faculty advisor, and several directors of Citizens Union, a nonpartisan good government group, the students delved into the history of noncitizen voting, proposed legislation, and other concerns.  The subject is increasingly important as the city council weighs taking up the issue this session.  (Get the report.)

MPA Graduate Named Rising Star

muhammad-arshad2Muhammad W. Arshad, was recently named one of City and State's 2014 40 Under 40 Rising Stars for his noteworthy accomplishments in public service in New York City.  Muhammad, who was born in Pakistan, graduate from the MPA program last May.

MPA Program Offers Semester in Washington

MPA students can now spend thier final semester studying and interning in the Nation's Capital. Students intern full time and have the chance to study foreign or domestic policy with renowned national policy makers in courses designed just for them. The program also offers a full schedule of policy, professional, and cultural events. read more