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Master's in Public Administration


The Great Hall in Shepard Hall

How to Apply

Follow the step-by-step guide on the CCNY Admissions website, which will prompt you to create an account. Submit your application online and send any required application materials to the Admissions Office:

The City College of New York
Office of Graduate admissions
Willie Administration Building, Room A-101
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031

The application fee is $125 and must be a check or money order mailed to the CCNY Admissions Office with your application materials or submitted in-person at the CCNY Bursar. 

Please direct all questions about the application process, application requirements, and your application status to the CCNY Admissions Office.


April 1: Deadline to apply to join the fall 2018 cohort

Month of April: Application review and interviews 

April 30 - May 15: Applicants notified of the decision. (Please note: The MPA Program can only recommend approval or denial of your application; the Admissions office makes the final decision.)


The CCNY Admissions website provides information about standard application requirements, program-specific requirements, and how to submit your application. Your application to the MPA Program must include the following: 

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV
  • Required short-answer questions
  • TOEFL scores (international students only)

Frequently Asked Questions: Admissions

No spring admissions.

GRE: Not Required for Admission

Minimum TOEFL: 500 (pBt), 61 (iBt). This requirement is for international students from countries where the official language is not English. 

Minimum GPA: No minimum, but suggested 3.0 or above

Non-Matriculated Students are not allowed to take classes in the program.

Schedule of Classes: Classes are late afternoons and evenings. Students must be free at least two afternoons and two evenings each week for classes. Read more about degree requirements and courses. 

Time Commitment: Program requires 12 hours per week for classes and 24 hours per week outside the classroom for study, reading, research, group work, and events.

Total Credits Required for Degree: 45

Duration of Program: Most students take two full academic years to complete the program. 

Degree Awarded: MPA

Questions about the application process: Contact the CCNY Admissions Office

Questions about specific elements of the MPA Program: 212-650-5095 or write to us at and sign up for our prospective student list.

Tuition and Fees

The Princeton Review continues to list City College as a "Best Value" college. In addition to the College's competitive tuition, the MPA program adds value with a full range of student services, its own tuition assistance, paid internships, and other benefits. (See current tuition and fees.)