About SPA


The study of public administration has rich history in New York City that dates to the turn of the 20th Century.

1911:  New York City employees were admitted to the City College of New York in a special program intended to improve the efficiency of city employees and to help them qualify for promotion within the civil service system. 

1919: The School of Business and Civic Administration was founded at City College's original campus located at 23rd Street and Lexington Avenue.

1951: The Master of Public Administration program (MPA) was established.

1953: The first MPA was awarded.

1968:  The Bernard M. Baruch College was created within the City University of New York System (CUNY) system.  At the 23rd Street location, the College comprised three school: 1) Business and Public Administration, 2) Liberal Arts and Sciences, and 3) Education.

1973: A separate Department of Public Administration was created in the School of Business and Public Administration, the same year that Clyde J. Wingfield, Baruch's President, became president of NASPAA, the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration

1980: Baruch’s MPA became the first in New York City to be accredited (originally called "peer reviewed") by NASPAA.

1982: Baruch joined in a partnership with the National Urban Fellows, Inc., to offer a unique, national MPA program for individuals from groups underrepresented in public service. 

1984: The Executive MPA (EXMPA) was established.

1994: The School of Public Affairs was established by then President Matthew Goldstein. The Department of Public Administration’s MPA degree moved to the new school, along with the Master of Science in Education programs (higher education administration and K-12 educational leadership) from the School of Education, which was eliminated in the reorganization.

1995: The Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs was established.

2000: MPA specializations were created in health care policy, nonprofit administration, policy analysis and evaluation, and public management.

2013: The MPA specialization in urban development and sustainability was established.


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