Fast Facts About Master's Degrees

A master’s degree is the first level of graduate study and is a much shorter program of study than a PhD. Some master’s degrees can be completed in as few as 30 credits.

Students get master’s degrees for a variety of reasons: to advance in their careers, to change careers, to prepare for further graduate study and for personal enrichment.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that people with a master’s degree earn 20% more than people with a bachelor’s degree.


  • City College has 50+ master’s level graduate programs.
  • 2,561 graduate students enrolled (2018)
  • 920 graduate degrees and certificates awarded (2018)
  • More than 50% of master’s students graduate debt free.
  • More than 90% of recent alumni would recommend their graduate program to others.
  • 10+ accelerated master’s programs enable CCNY undergraduate students to complete their master’s degree in as little as one additional year.
  • City College is #1 in the nation for social mobility.
  • Ranked top of 1.2% of universities worldwide for academic excellence


Take courses part-time

Most master’s programs at CCNY can be pursued part-time. Many students pursue a master’s degree while working full-time.

Eligible for programs

You may be eligible to apply to some graduate programs even if you did not major in that subject as an undergraduate

Outstanding opportunities

CCNY master’s programs offer outstanding internships and research experience. There are also on-campus opportunities to work as research or teaching assistants.

Take courses throughout CUNY

Master’s students can often take courses in other departments and/or at other CUNY schools.

Interdisciplinary degrees

Cutting-edge interdisciplinary master’s degrees like Study of the Americas, Sustainability, and Translational Medicine are open to students from various undergraduate majors.

A “Lavender Heart” is a student who earned a bachelor’s degree at City College and continued at CCNY for graduate study. About 12% of current graduate students are Lavender Hearts.

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Undergraduate Advisors’ Guide to Master’s Programs Fall 2019 Programs and Contacts

Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture

  • Architecture, M Arch I
  • Architecture, MS
  • Landscape Architecture, MLA I
  • Urban Design, MUP

Contact: Hannah Borgeson

Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

  • Economics, MA
  • International Relations, MIA
  • Law and International Relations, JD/MIA
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Psychology, MA
  • Public Service Management, MPA

Contact: Salome Gvinianidze

School of Education

  • Bilingual Education, MSEd & Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, MS (All Grades and Adults)
  • Childhood Education (Grades 1-6), MSEd
  • Educational Theatre (PreK-Grade 12), MSEd
  • Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2), MSEd
  • Teaching Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6 & 7-12) MSEd
  • Secondary Spanish Education (Grades 7-12), MSEd
  • Content Areas in Secondary Education: Art, English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies MA

Contact: Stacia Pusey

The Grove School of Engineering

  • Biomedical Engineering, MS
  • Chemical Engineering, ME
  • Civil Engineering, ME
  • Computer Science, MS
  • Computer Engineering, MS
  • Data Science and Engineering, MS
  • Earth Systems and Environmental Engineering, MS
  • Electrical Engineering, ME
  • Information Systems, MS (IS)
  • Mechanical Engineering, ME

Contact: Belkys Bodre

Division of Humanities and the Arts

  • Art, MFA
  • Art History, MFA
  • Branding + Integrated Communications (BIC), MPS
  • Creative Writing, MFA
  • Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice (DIAP), MFA
  • English, MA
  • Film, MFA
  • History, MA
  • Jazz Studies, MM
  • Language and Literacy, MA
  • Spanish, MA

Contact: Belkys Bodre

Division of Science

  • Biology, MS
  • Biochemistry, MS
  • Biotechnology, MS
  • Chemistry, MS
  • Geology, MS
  • Mathematics, MS
  • Physics, MS

Contact: Elizabeth Rudolph

Study of the Americas, MA

Contact: Susanna Rosenbaum

Sustainability in the Urban Environment, MS

Contact: Katherine Gloede

Translational Medicine, MS

Contact: Jeffrey Garanich

Physician Assistant, MS

Contact: Jaclyn Churchill