The CUNY School of Professional Studies


In 2003, the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York created the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) with the purpose of meeting the educational needs of working adults, organizations, and employers. Since then, CUNY SPS has developed into a well-established school serving New York City by providing innovative and academically rigorous programs of study designed to address new or unmet needs.

Drawing on the University’s faculty as well as on leading industry practitioners citywide, the School’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs, certificate programs, and professional development courses provide opportunities for job mobility, civic participation, and personal growth.

The School’s own growth has been remarkable. Since 2006, it has launched fourteen degrees – eight bachelor’s degrees (open to students with 24 or more college credits who wish to complete their undergraduate studies) and six master’s degrees, and more programs are currently in development. CUNY SPS leads the University in developing and operating online degree programs, and trains faculty throughout CUNY in online instruction. The School currently offers the following degree programs:


•     Bachelor of Science degree in Business (online)
•     Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Media (online)
•     Bachelor of Arts degree in Disability Studies (online)
•     Bachelor of Science degree Health Information Management (online)
•     Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (online)
•     Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (online)
•     Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology (online)
•     Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban and Community Studies
•     Master of Arts degree in Applied Theatre
•     Master of Science degree in Business Management and Leadership (online)
•     Master of Science degree in Data Analytics (online)
•     Master of Arts degree in Disability Studies
•     Master of Arts degree in Labor Studies
•     Master of Arts degree in Urban Studies

 

Enrollment at CUNY SPS has grown to over 2,150 students in the credit-bearing programs, and the School’s non-credit offerings offer a portfolio of over $7 million in grant-funded programs in partnership with such agencies as the NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM), the NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS), the New York City Human Resources Administration Office of Child Support Enforcement (HRA OCSE), and the American Museum of Natural History, among others.

 CUNY SPS is also the home of the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, which offers higher education programs for working adults and union members, and serves as a nationally-recognized center for scholarship and resources for labor, academic, and community leaders seeking a deeper understanding of labor and urban issues.

Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the CUNY SPS has graduated over 1,700 students, and now maintains an active Alumni Association. The SPS Foundation has been established and oversees new fundraising and scholarship efforts. And, perhaps the most exciting news of all: in Fall 2013, CUNY SPS begins to occupy its new home at 119 W. 31st St., a move that will strengthen the School and its identity even more in the years to come.

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