Public Service Management


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 program 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. The program offers scholarships, tutoring, paid internships, and research fellowships. 

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. The deadline for fall 2014 admission is April 1st. Students are not admitted to the program at other times.

Program News and Announcements

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.

Career Events Announced for Spring Semester

Career Services Director Natalia Trujillo recently announced this terms schedule of career events including workshops on resume writing and interviewing techniques. The schedule of events is part of the full range of career services offered to PSM students. see schedule, learn more about PSM career services

PSM Student Arshad Elected University Senate Chair

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.

Professor Espinosa Heads to Bosnia Herzegovina

Adriana headshot medium
In September, PSM Deputy Director and Professor Adriana Espinosa will travel to Bosnia Herzegovina at the invitation of the University of Sarajevo's School of Economics and Business to give a series of honors lectures in research methods.  She also met with the Director of the USAID Mission there to discuss research and program collaborations.  Professor Espinosa has been with the PSM program for four years and teaches economics and advanced quantitative methods.  She is a graduate of CCNY and earned her PhD in economics from Berkeley.

Washington Interns Attend Networking Event

The PSM program held its annual career networking event in Washington, DC on July 11 Dan Crippen, Executive Director, National Governors Association

at the Hotel George. Students mingled with representatives of more than a dozen organizations, including the National Disability Rights Network, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the White House, the Government Accountability Office, the Congressional Budget Office, and the Washington Center. The event featured keynote speaker Dan Crippen (pictured), the executive director of the National Governors Association, who gave a moving presentation about the importance of public service.
PSM students were joined by Colin Powell Center fellows and other CCNY students
interning in DC this summer.

Public Management Fellows at Clinton Foundation

Public Management Fellows Weeks Mensah (pictured with former President Clinton) Former President Bill Clinton with Public Management Fellow Weeks Mensah

and Nicholas Scoufaras each earned coveted spots this spring as interns with the
Clinton Foundation Global Initiative. Weeks, who will be a senior this fall, studies business administration. He has served as a refugee diplomat for the International Rescue Committee and holds a Peter F. Vallone Scholarship. Nicholas is majoring in international studies with a minor in public policy. He interned in Washington, DC with Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and with the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

PSM Students Win Powell Awards

PSM students Preeya Saikia (left) and James Suggett
First-year PSM graduate students Preeya Saikia and James Suggett earned highly competitive fellowships from City College's Colin Powell Center for Leadership and Service. Starting this fall, the two will receive a $15,000 scholarship and participate in seminars, workshops, and other events to help them develop a deep understanding of pressing policy concerns and build the leadership skills to address them. PSM student Nkemakonam Ejoh, a current Powell fellow, will finish her fellowship and graduate this Spring.

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