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Baruch College - School of Public Affairs
Since its founding in 1994, Baruch's School of Public Affairs (SPA) has established an outstanding record.

We have the single most diverse student body of all full time graduate programs in Public Administration in the United States, according to the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM). Our faculty is routinely cited in the press, consulted by government offices, foundations and nonprofit organizations, and published in the leading academic journals. Our students go on to rewarding careers as leaders and policy makers in education, health policy, government and nonprofit management.

In addition to its graduate programs – the MPA, the MSEd, and the MSEd in Higher Education Administration -- the School has a growing undergraduate major in Public Affairs (BSPA). Students in all of our programs have access to a wide range of internships in the public and nonprofit sectors and have been highly successful in national awards competitions.

We are also proud of our extremely effective research centers, including the Center on Equality, Pluralism and Policy (CEPP), the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Government (CILG), and the Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management (CNSM). SPA boasts highly developed capacities in population studies, bringing together the resources of the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR), the New York Census Research Data Center (NYCRDC), and Baruch College Survey Research (BCSR).

The School has 47 full-time faculty and approximately 1,200 students.

Course Selections
A wide array of courses is available during the Fall and Winter semesters. Information on course choices will be shared as the course calendar becomes available.

The following are a few examples of graduate level courses offered through The School of Public Affairs:

PAF 9141: Community Development: History, Present, and Future
This course will trace the history of the community development movement in the United States, from approximately 1960 to the present, and consider the possibilities of the movement’s future. Students will examine the complex economic, political, and social context that gave rise to the idea of community development, and then follow the successes and challenges in the field over its nearly fifty-year history.

PAF 9142: Housing Policy
This course serves as a gateway to the field of housing and community development, and gives the student the background necessary to become informed participants in policy analyses and debates over the future of housing policy at both national and local levels.

PAF 9143: “Greening” and Growing Cities: Sustainability and Public Policy Choices
This course focuses on environmental policies as they relate to cities and sustainable growth. It will critically examine current policies and programs at the national and local levels, with particular attention paid to sustainability programs and proposals in New York City.

PAF 9120 Public and Nonprofit Management I
This course introduces the fundamental concepts and techniques for managing government and not-for-profit agencies, including schools. This course focuses on structural models; individual behavior, including group dynamics and leadership; effective use and management of human resources; and political and cultural frameworks. Questions of effectiveness, responsibility, and professional relations are considered.

PAF 9130 Economic Analysis and Public Policy
Introduction to concepts and analytic tools necessary to economic examination of individual and firm behavior; analysis of causes and consequences of public sector intervention in the economy.

PAF 9181 Comparative Public Administration
Public-sector managers at all levels respond to demands generated from beyond the borders of their own jurisdiction. This course focuses on international variations in public administration through a comparative analysis of the political and cultural environments that configure the public and nonprofit sectors around the globe.

PAF 9136 Urban Economic Development
This course introduces students to the major features of the field of urban economic development. The course reviews the principles by which economic activity is organized in an urban setting, focuses on methods of analyzing the existing economic structure of a community, and examines examples of successful business development, human resource development, community-based employment, and physical development programs.


Admissions Information
The next upcoming exchange opportunity will be our Fall semester September-December 2011. Note that applications are due by April 15, 2011.
First day of classes begins on August 26 and ends December 22.

Everyone who travels abroad requires a valid passport or travel document. If you do not already have a passport, now is a good time to get one. If you do have a passport, make certain that it is valid until at least six months after the end of your proposed study abroad program.

All international and study abroad students who must provide proof of insurance coverage for the time they are abroad. This insurance may be purchased as part of the program cost, or the student may be responsible for purchasing it herself or himself. The insurance must minimally cover basic medical needs, accidental death, dismemberment, emergency evacuation and repatriation of remains. Students may also be required to comply with national health regulations of the host country as well.

For more details please email

All international students are responsible for securing housing although we are here to help.  For more details please email

Contact Information
Angelina Delgado, MPA MSED
Director of Operations
School of Public Affairs, Baruch College
One Bernard Baruch Way
Box D0901, Room 913
New York, NY 10010
Office: 646-660-6827
Fax: 646-660-6721

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