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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.


The next round of admissions will be in Spring 2019 for the Fall 2019 cohort. The deadline to apply for the Fall 2018 cohort has passed.


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.)