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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 2016 is March 15,2016 . Students are not admitted to the program at other times.

Program News and Announcements

Program Earns National Ranking

us newsThe MPA program is among the top 100 nationally according to the most recent US News 2016 rankings of the best graduate programs. This is the second time the MPA program broke the top 100 in the national rankings.  The MPA program joins two psychology graduate programs to make a total of three at the Colin Powell School making the top rankings for the year.

Congratulations Graduates

grad15At a campus ceremony on May28th, Colin Powell addressed graduates and urged them to dream big. In total the program awarded degrees to 15 exceptional students: Thomasina Brown, Krystina Buckley, Kieshorne Dennie, Ndeye Diop, Erika Gutierrez, Patrick Herring, Wai Ping Kan, Sulay Lora, Karla I. Mansilla, Evan Mastronardi, Roselyn Rosa, Keiko Sometani, Fiordenisse Urena,Hector Velez and Qiuchen Zhang.