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Baruch College of the City University of New York

Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs

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Baruch College of the City University of New York


Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College

Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College provides "education that makes a difference." It's the only public graduate school in New York City dedicated to public affairs. It provides a variety of programs including undergraduate and graduate programs in public policy and administration, masters programs in higher education administration and educational leadership, and certificate programs in several areas.

It draws from the largest public affairs faculty in the country. Faculty members include award-winning scholars and former New York City commissioners as well as a member of the National Academy of Public Administration and a presidential professor.

The school takes an interdisciplinary approach to professional development, research, and teaching and develops new programs to provide the most relevant education and training. In addition, it provides a forum to discuss public policy and maintains research centers to conduct innovative studies concerning matters of the public interest.

Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs is one of the top programs in country. Its curriculum, which can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis, has a minimum of 42 credits for students with administrative experience. Students without this experience complete an additional three-credit internship. Specializations are offered in five areas: health care policy, nonprofit administration, policy analysis and evaluation, public management, and urban development and sustainability.

The MPA has two non-traditional delivery models: Executive MPA and National Urban Fellows MPA. The 42-credit Executive MPA was created for mid-career professionals who want to develop analytical and leadership skills. The 33-credit National Urban Fellows-MPA is offered in collaboration with National Urban Fellows, Inc. It enables people from underrepresented communities to earn MPA degrees through a combination of full-time study and internships.

Master of International Affairs

The two-year Master of International Affairs provides multidisciplinary analysis and understanding of global policy and governance in the international setting. Its curriculum has 42 credits of core and concentration courses.

Concentrations include international nongovernmental organizations, western hemisphere affairs, trade policy and global economic governance, and special concentration.

Students also receive advanced training in key techniques of policy analysis, budgeting, assessment of political culture, global communication strategies, regionally specific issues and comparative methods. The program offers opportunities for study in a variety of substantial social and public policy areas (e.g. welfare and social security, international development, housing, migration, health), across a range of national, regional (Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the European Union) and global settings. While our concentration in Western Hemisphere Affairs will focus on that region, the MIA program is committed to analyzing problems in a global context. The School has relationships with educational institutions in Europe, Latin America and Asia and students will have the opportunity to do internships or study abroad.

Master of Science in Education in Higher Education Administration

The Master of Science in Education in Higher Education Administration was created for higher education professionals. It offers two programs: generalist and institutional research and assessment specialization.

The 36-credit generalist program provides skills and knowledge in higher education management with a focus on student services. It has 21 credits of core courses including a capstone course and 15 credits of electives. Students without administrative experience also complete a three-credit internship.

The institutional research and assessment specialization also has 36 credits (27 credits of core and 9 credits of elective courses). It builds upon capstone and core courses in the generalist program. Its curriculum includes research and analysis requirements and electives in budgeting, institutional research, and program evaluation.

Financial aid

Baruch College offers graduate students who reside in New York State competitive tuition rates in comparison to many other universities and colleges in the New York City metropolitan area. Financial aid in the forms of federal loans, graduate research assistantships, and scholarships helps them pay for their education. A competitive Fellowship and scholarship packages are offered to qualified incoming and continuing students. Some of these Fellowship offers provide full tuition coverage.

Accomplished faculty

The Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs has accomplished faculty members who bring expertise and scholarship in numerous areas to the classroom. Professor Cristina Balboa examines comparative policy, international relations, and organization theory to explain the relationship between organizations' internal characteristics and external accountability, effectiveness, and legitimacy. She's also an administrator for the Global Issues/Transnational Actors interest group, which is part of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.

Extensive research opportunities

The Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs supports public policy through civic engagement and applied research. Its innovative policy and research programs promote public affairs education and social advocacy. It has seven centers:

- Baruch College Survey Research
- Center for Educational Leadership
- Center on Equality Pluralism and Policy
- Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management
- CUNY Institute for Demographic Research
- International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum
- New York Federal Statistical Research Data Center

These centers provide in-depth knowledge about a wide-array of policy topics as well as hands-on experience that can be applied to career pursuits and research projects.

Baruch College

A member of the City University of New York, Baruch College was founded in 1847 as the Free Academy. It was the first free public college in the country. Today, it continues the tradition of providing academic excellence and opportunity for students in New York City, the metropolitan region, and the world.

The college educates one of the most diverse student bodies in the United States. It has over 18,000 students who speak more than 130 languages and trace their roots to 170-plus countries. It offers them 29 undergraduate majors, 56 undergraduate minors, 53 graduate programs, and two doctoral programs.

U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, and the Princeton Review rank Baruch College among the nation's top colleges.


Baruch College is located in New York City, New York in the northeastern region of the United States. Its vibrant campus provides many academic and social resources. Its campus provides easy access to Midtown; Wall Street; and the international headquarters of major companies, cultural institutions, and non-profit organizations. Thus, students have excellent career, internship, and networking opportunities. They also have access to New York City's diverse array of cultural, dining, entertainment, and outdoor recreational options.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
(Advanced Certificate)
Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Master of Science in Education (MS Ed)
Master of Science/Master of Public Administration (MS/MPA)
Master of International Affairs (MIA)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 270

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test, GMAT, MAT, or LSAT
Capstone (for MPA)


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline March 1st March 1st Yes
Spring deadline November 15th November 15th Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test, GMAT, MAT, or LSAT

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required
IELTS: Required

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards May 15
Types of financial support available Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 15.85%
Black or African American 22.77%
White or Caucasian 41%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.11%
Asian 9.15%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.11%
Two or more races 3.35%
Unknown 2.68%


Male (32%)
Female (67%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 45
Part-time - 34
Male (50)
Female (29)


Focus of faculty research: Housing and community development; healthcare policy and delivery systems; urban service delivery; public management systems; governance in nonprofit and public agencies; demography; public sector economics; polling and survey research; demographic mapping; political communication and public rhetoric; sustainable development; urban sociology; social welfare policy; comparative international civil society; comparative policing; history of school leadership; history of U.S. health policy
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:

Location & Contact

Address 45 Plymouth St
New York, NY  10010
United States
Contact David Birdsell
Phone: 646-660-6700
Fax: 646-660-6721