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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 May15th . Students are not admitted to the program at other times.

Program News and Announcements

Great Start for Washington Program

washington white house tourThe Powell School’s Washington Semester Program is off to a strong start.  Second-year student Ndeye Diop is completing her final semester there as the first MPA student to participate.  Her internship with Public Citizen, a DC public interest group, involves an assessment of the organization’s fund raising efforts.  Graduate Preeya Saikia recently treated participants to tours of both the West and East wings of the White House.  Preeya, was joined by MPA alumni Irene Castro, Natalia Trujillo and Yenory Garcia for a policy panel as part of the domestic policy class taught by Professor Andrew Rich.

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.

Student Study Published

Second 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.)