CUNY School of Professional Studies
The CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) is one of the schools of the City University of New York (CUNY).
CUNY SPS offers several undergraduate and graduate courses and programs, including:
- Online bachelor's degrees in Business, Communication and Media, Disability Studies, Health Information Management, Nursing, Sociology, or Psychology
- In-person bachelor's degree in Urban and Community Studies
- Master's degrees in Applied Theater, Labor Studies, Disability Studies, Urban Studies, and online master's degrees in Data Analytics, and in Business Management and Leadership
- Credit courses in a variety of areas, including project management, immigration law, and healthcare administration
- Customized training programs for government agencies, unions, and nonprofit organizations
CUNY SPS is located in Manhattan at 119 W. 31st Street and at the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies. CUNY SPS has additional offices at 101 W. 31st Street.
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In 2003, the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York created the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) with the purpose of meeting the educational needs of working adults, organizations, and employers.
Since then, CUNY SPS has developed into a well established school serving New York City's dynamic marketplace through the provision of timely, innovative and academically rigorous programs of study designed to address new or unmet needs. Home to CUNY’s first fully online degrees and groundbreaking master’s degree programs, CUNY SPS has found new ways of fulfilling CUNY’s mission of access, reaching students with new modes of instruction, new courses and curricula, new kinds of learning tailored for diverse requirements and constituencies.
In 2013, CUNY SPS opened a centralized campus at 119 W. 31st Street in midtown Manhattan. The building contains 4 floors of classrooms, as well as administrative offices.
CUNY School of Professional Studies Programs
The following list contains the names of the CUNY School of Professional Studies programs that have been registered with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) under the CUNY Graduate School and University Center and assigned HEGIS code numbers in compliance with State requirements.
- M.A. in Applied Theatre
- M.A. in Disability Studies
- M.A. in Labor Studies
- M.A. in Urban Studies
- Online M.S. in Data Analytics
- Online M.S. in Business Management and Leadership
- Online B.A. in Communication & Media
- Online B.S. in Business
- Online B.A. in Disability Studies
- Online B.S. in Health Information Management
- Online B.S. in Information Systems
- Online B.S. in Nursing
- Online B.A. in Sociology
- Online B.A. in Psychology
- B.A. in Urban & Community Studies
- Adult Learning: Program Design and Facilitation
- Business Communication
- Child Development Associate Certificate
- Coaching in the Organizational Context
- Disability Studies
- Diversity in the Workplace
- Early Childhood Education Administration
- Education Foundations
- Financial Studies
- Health Care Policy and Administration (graduate and undergraduate)
- Immigration Law (graduate and undergraduate)
- Labor Relations (graduate and undergraduate)
- Labor Studies (graduate and undergraduate)
- Management (graduate and undergraduate)
- Project Management
- Organizational Studies
- Project Management
- Public Administration and Public Policy (graduate and undergraduate)
- Understanding How Adults Learn
Non-Degree and Workforce Development Programs:
- Children's Program Administrator Credential
- Seminars on Science
- AFSCME District Council 37
- CWA Local 1180
- Local 94 of the International Union of Operating Engineers: Environmental Control Technology Programs
- SEIU Local 32BJ - Environmental Technology and Green Building
- Transit Workers Union Local 100: Transit Certificate Program
- United Federation of Teachers (UFT): Leap-to-Teacher
Centers and Institutes
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Institute for Worker Education
The John F. Kennedy, Jr. Institute for Worker Education supports workforce development initiatives in health and human services. The institute works with colleges, public and private employers, organized labor, professional associations, advocacy groups, community organizations, foundations and government agencies to:
- Design and implement collaborative worker education programs
- Provide career mentoring and college scholarships for exemplary workers
- Advocate for career ladders, health and educational benefits, and a living wage for frontline workers
- Support the employment of people with disabilities
- Conduct workforce research in related areas
Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies
The Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, named after a former CUNY Chancellor who was a strong proponent of organized labor, serves the educational, policy and research needs of unions and their members and increases access to higher education as well as retention and graduation of union members enrolled in CUNY colleges. The Institute provides a gateway to higher education by offering comprehensive information and academic support services that help union members attain their educational goals. The Institute’s commitment to revitalizing a strong and democratic labor movement is supported through research, leadership development programs, forums and national conferences, and publications such as the New Labor Forum.
The Off-Campus College (OCC) at the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) offers working students access to a college education by providing workplace related, credit-bearing courses and certificates. Founded in 1980 as part of Cornell University's Institute for Women and Work, the Off-Campus College provides college courses for women and men in preparation for advancement in the work place. The OCC is continuing its mission of advancing the world of work by introducing students to the history, sociology and behavior of organizations through the study of related issues in Communication, Finance, Management, Leadership, Diversity, Education and Adult Learning. The OCC prides itself on working with students individually to help them successfully begin or restart college careers.
Paul A. Kaplan Center for Educational Drama
Created in 1993, the Paul A. Kaplan Center for Educational Drama is the outreach and professional development program of the Creative Arts Team (CAT). The Kaplan Center offers graduate level professional training opportunities in educational drama and theatre methodologies that focus on active approaches to student-centered learning. Classes are led by CAT's senior artistic staff as well as guest instructors who are internationally recognized for their contributions to the field of arts in education.
- CUNY School of Professional Studies
- John F. Kennedy, Jr. Institute for Worker Education
- Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies
- Paul A. Kaplan Center for Educational Drama