Fall 2020 Admissions

Applications for fall 2020 are closed. The next round of admissions will be for fall 2021.

Application Requirements

Your application to the MPA Program must include the following: 

  • Personal statement
  • Short-answer essay questions
  • Resume/CV
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (send to the Graduate Admissions Office)
  • TOEFL scores (for all students who have not completed at least two years of higher education in an English-speaking country)
  • $75 application fee (check or money order mailed to the Admissions Office or paid in-person at the CCNY Bursar)

Please review important information about standard application requirements on the CCNY Admissions website. 

How to Apply

Create an account (or log into your existing account if you have one), complete all required sections of your application, and submit your application online. Send any supplementary application materials to the Admissions Office. Applications are due at 11:59pm EST on the day of the deadline. If you have any questions throughout your application process, please contact the Admissions Office at .

Follow these steps: 

  • Create an account
  • Fill out your online application
  • Upload required materials
  • Identify your recommenders on the online system
  • Mail the $75 application fee in the form of a check or money order. City College does not currently accept online payments of the application fee.
  • Log back into the system and make sure your application is complete. 

Mail official transcripts to:

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

Please direct all questions about the application process, application requirements, and your application status to the CCNY Admissions Office at or call 212.650.6977. 

Admissions Interview

The admissions committee reviews applications and invites strong candidates to an admissions interview. Interviews are typically conducted in the MPA Office but are taking place virtually amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Candidates receive an admissions decision by email after their interview.    

Tuition and Fees

In addition to the College's competitive tuition, the MPA program adds value with a full range of student services, internship stipends, and scholarships. See current tuition and fees.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the name of the degree that you award?

Our graduates earn a Master's 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.

I have a green card. Do I need to take the TOEFL?

The TOEFL is required for all students who have not completed at least two years of higher education in an English-speaking country. Although CCNY Admissions makes an exception for permanent residents and those with refugee or asylum status, the MPA Program does not make this exception. Minimum TOEFL scores are 500 (PBT), 61 (IBT) or 6.  

What is the time commitment?

Being a full-time student in the MPA Program requires a commitment of approximately 35 hours per week, including 10 hours for classes and office hours, and 25 hours for homework and team projects. Classes are held at either 4:50-6:50pm or 7:15-9:15pm on weekdays, approximately three evenings per week. The degree requires a total of 45 credits, which most students complete in two years. 

I work full-time, and my free time is very limited. Should I pursue this program?

Only if you can make arrangements at work and in your personal life to make the MPA program a priority. The program requires 10 hours per week for classes and 25 hours per week outside of the classroom for studying, research, group work, and events. 

I want to start slow and take classes at my own pace. Is this possible?

No. We have carefully designed a full-time schedule 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.  

Do you offer classes online or on weekends?

No. Our program is in-person on weekdays.

I am not sure if I want to apply for the program. Can I take one class to try it out?

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.  

How can I be considered for tuition assistance?

All applicants to the MPA program are considered for merit-based tuition assistance. There is no need to fill out any separate financial aid application; your application to the MPA program is sufficient. 

What scholarships do you offer?

The MPA Program offers Changemaker Scholarships in three areas: management, research, and social innovation. Students may apply for the scholarships after finishing their first semester in the program in good standing. See our scholarships page for more details. 

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"The contacts I made while interning for Congress helped me land a job on graduation. I wouldn't be here without the opportunities the MPA program made possible."

Preeya Saikia MPA '14, NY State Department of Financial Services, former Policy Analyst at NY State Governor's Office

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"I am thankful everyday that the MPA program took a chance on me. I do richly rewarding work now because of the support and the encouragement of the program."

Mohamed Jallow, MPA '11, Senior Supply Chain Specialist at RTI International

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"With the MPA's location in the Colin Powell school, I had extensive access to accomplished faculty and extraordinary policy leaders from around the world. I don't think I could have matched that experience at other programs."

Evan Mastronardi, MPA '15, Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder, & Podcast