Public Service Management

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Students and graduates of City College's Master’s Program in Public Service Management (PSM) have worked in the White House, won New York City Urban Fellowships, and taken top honors in a distinguished policy writing competition – and that was just last year! Others have worked on important public health issues, managed community-based programs for under-privileged teens, and advanced the agendas of influential politicians.

The PSM is a management degree program that prepares students, many of them from groups underrepresented in public service, for leadership roles in government agencies and nonprofit organizations. In addition to a rigorous curriculum, the program offers career services, internships in Washington, DC, scholarships, and research opportunities.

Apply to the Program

Students interested in applying for admission to the PSM program should follow the step-by-step process outlined on the graduate admissions page of the City College website.Contact the program for more information.  The deadline for September 2015 is March 1. Students are not admitted to the program at other times.

Program News and Announcements

Graduation 2014

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PSM awarded 15 degrees on May 30th during CCNY's 168th commencement exercise. President Lisa Coico urged graduates "to stay connected to your alma mater." A few days earlier, the PSM program hosted a reception honoring graduates.   At the reception, which was held in the North Academic Center's Amsterdam Room, six students were honored for outstanding achievement, they are: Muhammad Arshad, Mariya Komartsova,Chukwudi Onike, Ariel Quinones, Preeya Saikia, and James Suggett. PSM director Mark Musell told honorees "Our record of success would not be possible without the credit and recognition your outstanding work brought to the program." 

Program Opens New Public Management Center

The PSM program moved to a new facility located in Shepard One.  The space features a conference room, a smart classroom, a student study area and offices.  "This represents a big step forward for our program and the new Colin Powell School," said director Mark Musell.  The project was a year in the making and replaces the old office in the North Academic Center.

PSM Student Arshad Elected University Senate Chair

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Muhammad W. Arshad, who will earn his master's in public administration next May, was recently elected the 28th chairperson of CUNY's Student Senate.  His election gives him a seat and a vote on the Board of Trustees as the University's student representative.  Born and raised in Pakistan, Trustee Arshad is fluent in Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi.  He earned his BS in chemical engineering from CCNY. In the PSM program, he earned the position of research fellow, focusing on cross-cultural leadership in the public and government sectors. In his new post Trustee Arshad hopes to ensure that CUNY remains accessible and affordable.

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