Applying for Admission

The School of Public Affairs seeks a diverse group of students with strong academic skills, the potential for career growth, and a commitment to public service.  The School’s degree programs are applicable to those employed, or who seek employment, in international organizations; federal, state, or local governments; colleges and universities; public schools; hospitals; nonprofits; and private enterprises with public interests.  The admissions staff have years of experience in processing admissions applications and are ready and willing to help applicants to achieve their educational goals

Graduate Admissions

SPA’s Office of Graduate Admissions and Enrollment Services (GAES) manages applications to the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Science in Education (MSED) programs. Link to Apply Now for entry in the fall or spring semesters.

Link to Request Information to learn more about SPA's degree programs. To hear from faculty and pose questions to the admissions staff, information sessions are held on campus every month.  Link to Information Sessions. Prospective students are also welcomed to meet with a member of the admissions office for one-on-one counseling on the 9th floor of 135 E. 22nd Street. Contact to schedule an appointment.

Applicants to the MS in Nursing Administration-MPA are processed by the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing.  Students apply to Hunter College and are matriculated as Hunter College students.  The public affairs coursework is completed on e-permit. Link to Hunter College Graduate Admissions.

Undergraduate Admissions

Admission to study for the Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs (BSPA) is through the City University of New York application process.   Baruch College’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions is the primary source of information. Link to Undergraduate Admissions. Advisors are available for in-person counseling sessions on the BSPA any weekday from 10:00am to 4:00pm in the advisement offices on the 4th floor of 135 E. 22nd Street. Information can also be obtained by email from

SPA has agreements with several community colleges to facilitate the easy transfer of credits for the BSPA degree.  Public affairs transfer credits are in addition to credits transferred under the CUNY Pathway’s common and flexible course curriculum.  Baruch College currently has articulation agreements with the public administration program at Hostos Community College and the social sciences program at LaGuardia Community College.

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