About the CUNY School of Professional Studies

Offering bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, dual degrees, undergraduate and advanced certificates, and professional non-degree programs, the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) provides online and on campus programs that meet the needs of adults who are looking for a seamless way to finish a bachelor’s degree, earn a master’s degree or certificate in a specialized field, advance in the workplace, or change careers.

Drawing on CUNY's renowned faculty and practitioners, as well as industry and education partners, the School's programs provide opportunities for personal growth, job mobility, greater civic participation, and new ways to advance knowledge.

The School's growth has been remarkable. Launching over twenty-two degrees since 2006, enrollment has grown to over 3,200 students in the credit-bearing programs, and the School has seen more growth in its non-credit offerings, with a portfolio of grant-funded programs currently accounting for more than $20 million. In addition, the School now maintains an active Alumni Network and has established the CUNY SPS Foundation that offers multiple scholarship opportunities to students. 

Learn more about our student enrollment trends, non-credit programming, and personnel data by viewing the 2017 CUNY SPS Institutional Profile (PDF)

U.S. News Badge for Best Online Programs 2018Affirming its role as a leader in online education, CUNY SPS was ranked in the top 5% in the Nation in U.S. News & World Report’s list of the 2018 Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs. Of the institutions listed, CUNY SPS ranks 1st in New York State. Our degree programs have also been recognized by several other ranking organizations. ValueColleges.com ranked the MS in Data Analytics degree program 15th in the nation in its Top 50 Best Value Online Big Data Programs, and the MS in Business Management and Leadership degree program was ranked 20th in the 50 Best Value Master’s in Management Programs. The BA in Sociology degree program was ranked 1st in the nation by BestSchools.org in its Best Online Bachelor of Sociology Programs. 


The CUNY School of Professional Studies is part of the University Center of CUNY's Graduate School and University Center. Its programs are registered by the New York State Education Department: Office of Higher Education and Professions, Cultural Education Center, Room 5B28 Albany New York 12230; Telephone (518) 474-5851; www.nysed.gov/heds/IRPSL1.html. The Graduate School and University Center is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 284-5000.

The Graduate School and University Center is embarking on its re-accreditation effort by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Learn more.

View the Statement of Accreditation Status (PDF).

View the Consumer Information for Prospective and Current Students.