Graduate Admissions Information

There is one Baruch College application for the MPA and MSED programs. Link to Apply Now. No paper applications are accepted.  Partnership programs have additional application forms and requirements that are completed along with the Baruch College application.

Applications are reviewed and approved by the SPA Admissions Committee.  It is comprised of four public affairs faculty members and the SPA Director of Academic Advisement.  The SPA Director of Graduate Admissions and Enrollments is a non-voting member of the Admissions Committee.

Applications are considered as they arrive.  Early applicants are given first consideration for graduate assistantships.  The application timelines are as follows:

Fall Semester

April 1         Full-Time (12 or more credits) and International Students

May 1          Part-Time (less than 12 credits)

Spring Semester

November 1 Full-Time (12 or more credits) and International Students

December 1 Part-Time (less than 12 credits)

Applications may be reviewed after the deadline has passed, but there is no guarantee of entry to the succeeding semester.  Applicants for a particular semester may be deferred to a succeeding semester for acceptance.

All applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed Personal Information Form.
  2. Non-refundable application fee of $135. Applicants who are Veterans of the United States Military Service, currently on Active Duty or members of the National Guard or Reserves are exempt from paying the graduate application fee and should contact the SPA Admissions office and submit their DD-214 form or a copy military ID prior to applying.
  3. Official transcripts of all postsecondary coursework completed at a college or university where a minimum of three courses were completed. Transcripts from foreign institutions should be sent to one of the following approved, accredited independent evaluation agencies prior to submission: AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers) or WES (World Education Services). Be sure to request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grades, recommended United States degree equivalency, grade-point average (GPA), and date of degree conferral. Verified transcripts and evaluations should then be forwarded to the SPA Admissions office. Transcripts should be accompanied by official English translations if they are in another language. Evidence of the completion of specific courses in mathematics, economics, or statistics is not required.  However, when the Admissions Committee reviews applications it considers that applicants with a strong quantitative background are more likely to be successful in the School’s rigorous analytical courses. Prospective students are encouraged to strengthen their analytical skills by completing an introductory course in economics and/or statistics and to submit the course transcript.
  4. Two official letters of recommendation. Applicants will register recommenders via the online application, and recommenders may complete the entire process online. If a recommender cannot complete the process online for any reason, they may submit their recommendation directly to the SPA Admissions office. The recommendation letter should be on official letterhead and accompanied by the recommendation form, which is available in PDF form in the recommendation section of the online application. If the applicant is submitting the letter on behalf of the recommender, the documents must be in envelopes that bear the recommender's signature across the seal of the envelope to be considered official. Recommendation letters may be enclosed in ordinary envelopes.
  5. Resume. Include employment and academic history, volunteerism and community service, honors, publications, leadership roles, professional association memberships, and other activities related to the applicant's career goals. Should be no more than 2 pages. 
  6. A 500-1000 word essay. It should describe a challenge facing your organization, field of interest, or a public policy issue. Discuss how your experience and proposed degree choice will help you address the challenge. Be sure to include why you want to pursue graduate studies at Baruch, and your career goals. Educational Leadership Programs applicants should refer to the application instructions for specific essay prompts. Use a 10 or 12 point standard font with one-inch margins. Grammatical errors and/or misspellings are looked upon unfavorably by the Admissions Committee. Essays are checked with software that detects plagiarism.
  7. Official GRE scores (Graduate Records Examination) or the GRE Waiver Request Form. The criteria to apply for the GRE Waiver is contingent upon successful completion of a Master's degree or possession of a competitive undergraduate academic record with a GPA of 3.0 or above. Applicants seeking to be considered for Graduate Assistantships should plan to attend full-time and are strongly encouraged to submit GRE scores. To expedite the score reporting process, ETS has assigned the School of Public Affairs the code 2027 as a unique identifier to be used by test takers to ensure the prompt reporting of official GRE scores directly to our Admissions office. For that purpose, test takers should choose this code or simply select the School of Public Affairs from the list of institutions provided. Remember, GRE scores are only valid for five years. In addition, we will accept either the GMAT or the LSAT as substitutes for the GRE. We encourage all applicants to adhere to the GRE requirement to remain competitive.

    Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
    For GRE testing, registration information and preparation materials click the link above or call 1-800-GRE-CALL (1-800-473-2255).

    Educational Testing Service (ETS)
    ETS is the official administrator of the GRE and the world's largest private educational measurement organization. To learn more about ETS click the link above or call 1-609-921-9000.

Additional Admissions Requirements

International students are required to submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) scores, official transcripts and translations, and the International Student Supplement (application for I-20 and financial support documents). Refer to Baruch's International Student Center for information. The code to have your TOEFL scores submitted to Baruch is 2027.

Applicants for the MSEd in Educational Leadership and Advanced Certificates in SBL and SDL programs must refer to the application addendum for additional requirements and guidelines.

Admission to the Executive MPA (EXMPA) is the same as for the traditional MPA, except for the additional requirement that applicants must have 2-3 years significant experience in public administration.  The executive program is tailored for career administrators seeking to advance their leadership skills.  Since administrative experience is necessary, the requirement for standardized test scores is waived. The size of each class is limited to 20-25 students and priority is given to applicants with an accomplished record of professional and academic achievement.  

Partnership Admissions

SPA collaborates with several organizations to deliver its graduate degrees.  Each partner has its own unique application and screening process.  

Admissions for the NUF-MPA are made through National Urban Fellows, Inc.  Link to NUF Admissions.  

For K-12 educational leadership programs, other than SAM Citywide, admissions are managed by partnership organizations.  Link to New Leaders’ for their Aspiring Principals Program or link to the New York City Leadership Academy for their Advanced Leadership Institute, Aspiring Principals Program, Leaders for Education Advanced Placement Program, and Leadership Advancement Placement.

Admissions Decisions

Applicants to graduate programs are reviewed on a rolling basis.  Official admissions decisions are sent by postal mail to the address provided in the application.   Partner organizations also notify to applicants separately.  Denied applicants may appeal the admissions committee's decision in a subsequent semester.

Prior to the beginning of the fall and spring semesters, student orientations are held.  Students are notified by email of the date, time, and place. Information about class registrations will be presented at the orientation and by email. Refer to Newly Admitted Graduate Student Requirements for information that must submitted prior to registration.

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