Baruch College School of Public Affairs



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Develop skills in budgeting, communications, economic analysis, fundraising, management, program evaluation, and research methods. Prepare to work in either the nonprofit sector or government. A public service career may be pursued as an elected officeholder, program manager, policy advocate, or researcher.

  • 42-45 credits
  • Full- and part-time options
  • Day, evening, and online classes in the fall, spring, and summer semesters
  • Five 12-credit specialization options include:

Health Care Policy

  • The Health Care Policy specialization is designed for those who want to make a difference in health and healthcare delivery systems. You'll get a firsthand understanding of how to analyze, implement, and evaluate responsive health policies at the local, state, and national levels. You'll also be introduced to the political, economic and social factors affecting health care delivery to diverse populations, including the disadvantaged and vulnerable. These skills can be applied to government health care agencies, private and public hospitals, health advocacy groups, or insurance companies.

Nonprofit Management

  • There are some 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the U.S. today, including 30,000 in New York City. The Nonprofit Management specialization will help you think like a nonprofit leader, focusing on fundraising, decision-making, emergency preparedness, and ethics and philanthropy. This track prepares students for roles as nonprofit board members, managers, executive directors, or chief financial officers.

Policy Analysis and Evaluation

  • In order to improve a system, it needs to be understood. Policy Analysis and Evaluation students will learn how to analyze and evaluate policy issues affecting all areas of society, including the way in which evaluation based on sound methodology can be used to improve the policy-making process. Coursework includes economics, political science, population studies and sociology, as well as extensive courses in qualitative and quantitative approaches to policy analysis. Many students in this specialization have gone on to pursue analytical positions in government agencies, advocacy organizations, think tanks, or university research centers.

Public Management

  • Explore new ways of workforce and asset administration with the Public Management specialization. It prepares students by focusing on human and capital resource issues, changing venues of public management, and sound practices of institutional representation. Students who pursue this specialization are often nominated as finalists to competitive fellowship programs like the New York State Public Management Institute and the Presidential Management Fellows Program.

Urban Development and Sustainability

  • Urban development and sustainability are among the hottest buzzwords in public service today. This specialization evaluates sustainability in urban centers from a social, economic, and environmental perspective. Students learn how cities can improve and sustain housing, land use, business activity, and infrastructure. Program graduates often pursue roles with community organizations, nonprofit advocacy groups, and government sustainability agencies.

Executive Master of Public Administration
(Executive MPA)

This program is for experienced professionals with a minimum of 3 years management experience who want to gain administrative leadership skills through a convenient course schedule and accelerated program of study. Classes focus on current issues and challenges that confront public service professionals in New York City. Skills are developed in budgeting, communications, economics, management, and research methods.

  • Classes are taught from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm on 35 Saturdays from September through June
  • Coursework is completed in 2 years through a cohort program
  • 5-day immersion experience in Washington, D.C.

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"The Baruch advantage is that classes are small, so students have access to their professors and
are able to dig in, question, challenge, and thoroughly debate complex issues and
along the way pick up strong analytical skills."

-Robert Walsh, Distinguished Lecturer, Baruch College;
Former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Small Business Services