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.

CUNY SPS launched its first undergraduate degree program – the first online degree program at the University — in 2006. We now offer 22 degree programs, 19 of them online (10 online bachelor’s degrees and nine online master’s degrees).  By providing high-quality online education for working adults, we uniquely embody the University’s mission of access and excellence. Our undergraduate programs are open to students with 24 or more college credits who wish to complete their undergraduate studies, and these, in addition to our online master’s degrees and our certificates, provide pathways for professional mobility.

This year, CUNY SPS was ranked 16th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its 2018 list of Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs, placing in the top 5 percent of the 357 institutions that were ranked, and making it the highest nationally-ranked program in New York State.  The full list can be found here:  https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/bachelors/rankingsU.S. News & World Report also ranked us 13th nationally for Best Online Programs for Veterans this year.

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 Health Services Administration (online)
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Relations
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems (online)
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies (online)
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (online)
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (online)
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology (online)
  • 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 (online/in person)
  • Master of Arts degree in Disability Services in Higher Education (online/in person)
  • Master of Science degree in Nursing Education (online)
  • Master of Science degree in Nursing Organizational Leadership (online)
  • Master of Arts degree in Psychology (online)
  • Master of Science degree in Research Administration and Compliance (online)
  • Master of Arts degree in Youth Studies

 

Enrollment at CUNY SPS has grown to nearly 3,300 students in the credit-bearing programs, and the School’s non-credit offerings offer a portfolio of nearly $25 million in grant-funded programs in partnership with such agencies as the NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), 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 Central Park Conservancy, among others.

The School’s seven-year-old Foundation offers 14 named scholarships, including the ACE Scholarship, which covers the full cost of tuition for its awardees.

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