The Baruch College Fire Department of New York City (FDNY)--Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs (BSPA) cohort program is an interdisciplinary degree for members of the Department committed to leadership and public service. The partnership was initiated in April 2015 by Dean David Birdsell of the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs (MSPIA) for employees looking to complete their Bachelor’s Degrees.

The BSPA program is a cohort program open to all members of the Department. The curriculum is grounded in a number of areas, including public policy, communications, public administration, non-profit management, data analysis, and urban planning. The BSPA teaches social science methods–teaching students to analyze populations, programs and social structures— and quantitative methods in the context of service delivery in New York. The Program also covers how to communicate effectively about public sector issues.

Earning this degree gives recipients a path to grow within the FDNY and to build the next generation of leaders. The Program is being offered to both Uniformed and Civilian members of the FDNY. As a cohort program, each class is comprised of FDNY members. The program is flexible, allowing students to take some classes online as they work toward their degree. Each student will be required to complete a group-based Capstone project to complete their degree.

The program offers hands-on customer service, helping members register for classes and providing ongoing advisement sessions. Baruch is also committed to meeting with each student to review transcripts in order to issue college credit for academic work or life experiences. Prospective students may receive up to 12 credits for academy-based training and/or in-house training and education.

For more information about this program, contact Melissa Sultana, Deputy Director of Academic Program: Melissa.Sultana@baruch.cuny.edu