Apply ASAP: The Application for Fall 2022 Is Closing Soon

We continue to accept applications on a rolling basis for the Fall 2022 cohort.

How to Apply

To apply, follow the steps outlined on the Admissions Office Graduate Studies Overview webpage. There you will find guidance on how to create an online account, pay the application fee, and submit the required application materials, which include a personal statement, short essays, a resume, two letters of recommendation, transcripts, and TOEFL scores (if applicable). The admissions committee will review applications on a rolling basis and invite strong candidates to an admissions interview. Interviews are typically conducted in-person but are taking place virtually amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Candidates receive an admissions decision by email after their interview. The video below will help to orient you to the online application system. 


Tuition and Fees

See current tuition and fees.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the name of the degree that you award?

Our graduates earn a Master in Public Administration (MPA).

Can I join the program in the spring semester?

No. The program enrolls new students in the fall only.

Do I need to take the GRE?

No. The GRE is not required for admission.

Do I need to take the TOEFL?

Yes, if English is not your native language and you have not studied full-time for at least two years at a university in a country where English is the official language. Permanent residents, refugees, and asylees in the US are not exempt. Minimum TOEFL scores are 500 (PBT), 61 (IBT) or 6. Read the CCNY Admissions Office's policy on language proficiency exams here

Will instruction be online or in-person?

The MPA Program is mostly in-person. Consistent with CUNY policy, we observe strict guidelines on vaccination and masking. Occasionally some events or class sessions may be conducted online due to conditions imposed by COVID-19.

What is the time commitment?

Being a full-time student in the MPA Program requires a commitment of approximately 40 hours per week, including 10 hours for classes and office hours, and 30 hours for homework and team projects. The degree requires a total of 45 credits, which most students complete in two years.

Classes are held in the evening Monday-Thursday. Some classes take place from 5:15-7:15 PM, and some classes take place from 7:30-9:30 PM. Students must plan to be available for both time slots. The course schedule is predetermined each semester, and all students in the cohort take the same set of classes together.  

Can I work full-time while studying?

Only if you can make arrangements in your professional and personal life to make the MPA program a priority. The program requires 10 hours per week for classes and 30 hours per week outside of the classroom for studying, research, group work, and events. 

Is there a part-time option?

No. There is no part-time option. The program is full-time, which means 12 credits (four courses) per semester.

Can I choose which classes I take?

No. We have a carefully designed course sequence for you to follow every semester. Students must enroll in classes according to the approved schedule.

Can I finish the program in less than two years?

No. The program takes two full years of full-time academic study to complete.  

Can I take classes as a non-matriculated student, without joining the program?

No. Non-matriculated students are not allowed to take classes in the MPA Program, and we do not allow auditing of courses. You are welcome to visit a class by contacting us at If you are matriculated in another graduate program at CCNY, you may take an MPA course as an elective.  

My background is not in the social sciences. Am I eligible to apply to the MPA program?

Yes. We do not require a specific background or undergraduate major. We welcome applicants from all disciplines. 

My undergraduate GPA is below 3.0. Can I still apply to the MPA program?

Yes. The program does not require a minimum GPA. When reviewing candidates, the admissions committee considers a broad range of characteristics, including professional experience, dedication to public service, work ethic, writing ability, and courses taken in economics and statistics. 

I did poorly as an undergraduate. How can I strengthen my application and improve my chances of getting in?

The admissions committee looks for evidence that you will succeed both academically and professionally if admitted to the MPA program. One way to demonstrate your potential for success in public service is to gain paid or unpaid work experience with a social mission-oriented organization, whether in government, the nonprofit sector, or private sector. To demonstrate your potential for academic success, you may consider taking undergraduate or graduate courses as a non-matriculated student in statistics, economics, or public policy. These must be taken in a program other than the MPA Program, since we do not permit non-matriculated students. Consider online courses as well as in-person courses.  

Last Updated: 08/08/2022 15:34