New York University School of Professional Studies

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The New York University School of Professional Studies ( also known as SPS ) is one of the schools and colleges that compose New York University. Founded in 1934, the school offers undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs. The school's main campus is located at 7 East 12th Street, New York at NYU's Washington Square main campus.



The School of Professional Studies was established in 1934[1] as the Division of General Education (DGE). During the Depression year, when almost 25% of the U.S. workforce was unemployed, the DGE responded with training programs for new social workers in the Temporary Emergency Relief Association, the city's public welfare agency, and the Home Relief Bureau. As the city emerged from the Depression, DGE created the Washington Square Writing Center, the Center for Graphic Design, and began its first art workshops.

Shortly after World War II, in response to increasing demand for skills, training, and for-credit courses, DGE developed, among other new programs, a Certificate in General Education that helped veterans fulfill requirements under the G.I. Bill. DGE also formulated the Management Institute to focus on courses for business and industry.

In 1954, the School is renamed the Division of General Education and Extension Services (DGEES) to reflect the full scope of its activities. The School offered courses at 19 locations in the tri-state area. Enrollment surpassed any other individual school at NYU, and income reaches $2 million for the first time. New departments were created: Office of Special Services to Business and Industry, and the Liberal Arts in Extension program.


DGEES is on the forefront of issues in a decade marked by tenuous political times and a focus on social and economic change. The 1960s bring the creation of the Office of Community Service Programs; the Division of Business and Management; and new associate degree offerings in the liberal arts, business, public service, and physical therapy, which lay the groundwork for the future Paul McGhee Division for adult learners returning to college to earn a degree.

In 1971, the School is renamed the School of Continuing Education (SCE). New diploma programs are created in business, data processing, computer technology, and systems analysis. The Institute for Paralegal Studies is created. The General Studies Program is instituted to offer two years of instruction to college-age students. A boom in the real estate market drives rapid expansion of the Real Estate Institute, which still thrives today.

SCE began ramping up its IT offerings in the 1970s, and in the 1980s, the School extends this growth by expanding its publishing and business programs. SCE's Master of Science in Real Estate is launched, eventually becoming the largest such program in the country.


This decade witnesses rapid growth in new courses and students. SCE explores virtual and Internet-based learning. New degree and certificate programs are created in hospitality and tourism, real estate, digital technology, and media. Ushering in technological advances in media, the Center for Advanced Digital Applications is formed. In 1998, the School is renamed the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS).


NYU SPS's main building

The school was renamed the School of Professional Studies in 2014 and offers 17 graduate degree programs and 12 graduate certificates. Through the Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies, students who cannot attend school full-time, transfer students, as well as older students who wish to return to school, can complete their undergraduate degree.

Classes are held at four locations:

NYUSPS also offers Programs in English and High School Academy at NYU Shanghai Campus.[2]

Academic departments[edit]

The NYU School of Professional Studies offers undergraduate degree programs, graduate degree programs and certificates, and career advancement courses and diploma programs in a wide range of professionally oriented areas of study.

Faculty members of the school are often practitioners in their fields. Departments and programs include:

  • Applied Politics
  • Career and Life Planning
  • Center for Advanced Digital Applications (CADA)
  • Center for Global Affairs
  • Center for Publishing
  • English Language Institute
  • Finance, Law, and Taxation
  • Foreign Languages, Translation, and Interpreting
  • George H. Heyman, Jr., Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising
  • Graphic Communications Management and Technology
  • Health and Care Programs
  • High School Academy
  • Humanities, Arts, and Writing
  • Leadership and Human Capital Management
  • Management and Information Technology
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • NYUSPS Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities
  • Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies (formerly the Paul McGhee Division)
  • Professional Advantage Program
  • SPS Non-Credit Diplomas
  • Schack Institute of Real Estate
  • Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism
  • Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business

Degree programs[edit]

Undergraduate programs[edit]

Associate's Degrees[edit]

Bachelor's degrees[edit]

  • B.A. in Applied General Studies
  • B.A. in Humanities
  • B.A. in Social Sciences
  • B.S. in Applied Data Analytics and Visualization
  • B.S. in Digital Communications and Media
  • B.S. in Healthcare Management
  • B.S. in Information Systems Management
  • B.S. in Leadership and Management Studies
  • B.S. in Marketing Analytics
  • B.S. in Real Estate
  • B.S. in Sports Management

Graduate degree programs[edit]

Master's degrees[edit]

  • M.A. in Graphic Communications Management and Technology
  • M.S. in Construction Management
  • M.S. in Fundraising and Grantmaking
  • M.S. in Global Security, Conflict and Cybercrime
  • M.S. in Global Affairs
  • M.S. in Hospitality Industry Studies
  • M.S. in Human Resource Management and Development
  • M.S. in Integrated Marketing
  • M.S. in Management and Systems
  • M.S. in Professional Writing
  • M.S. in Project Management
  • M.S. in Public Relations and Corporate Communication
  • M.S. in Publishing: Digital and Print Media
  • M.S. in Real Estate
  • M.S. in Real Estate Development
  • M.S. in Sports Business
  • M.S. in Tourism Management
  • M.S. in Translation

Graduate diplomas[edit]

Graduate certificates[edit]

  • G.C. in Benefits and Compensation
  • G.C. in Construction Management
  • G.C. in Core Business Competencies
  • G.C. in Enterprise Risk Management
  • G.C. in Global Energy
  • G.C. in Hospitality Industry Studies
  • G.C. in Human Resource Management
  • G.C. in Information Technologies
  • G.C. in Organizational and Executive Coaching
  • G.C. in Peacebuilding
  • G.C. in Real Estate
  • G.C. in Sports Business
  • G.C. in Strategy and Leadership
  • G.C. in Tourism Management
  • G.C. in Transnational Security


Current Faculty[edit]

Past Faculty[edit]

Notable Alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ "Dean's Message | NYU Shanghai". Retrieved 2018-05-01.

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