Advanced Certificate in Community Leadership

Format: On Campus

Effective Fall 2018, the Murphy Institute will become the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies and the Advanced Certificate in Community Leadership will no longer be offered at the CUNY School of Professional Studies.

The Advanced Certificate in Community Leadership provides students with the educational and professional credentials to help them pursue leadership-path careers in public service, specifically in locally serving nonprofits, community advocacy organizations, government agencies, and elected office. Using New York City and its diverse municipalities as the classroom, students learn how communities are organized, how nonprofits serve constituents, and how engagement can result in community empowerment. Students deepen their understanding of the critical theoretical, conceptual, practical, and grassroots issues relating to community development and urban policy innovations.

Students who complete the program may apply their certificate credits towards the MA in Urban Studies degree program, if admitted to the program.

Community Semester

Community Semester is a full-time, intensive academic and service learning program that provides students with an opportunity to put their passion for social justice to work.  Students learn first-hand how community-based organizations fight for environmental justice, housing rights, immigrant rights, tenants’ rights, economic justice, youth engagement, neighborhood resilience, civic justice, and community empowerment by contributing to the movement themselves. 

As part of the program, students receive a $7,000 financial award toward educational expenses. Upon completion of the program graduate students earn 12 credits and are awarded an Advanced Certificate in Community Leadership.  These credits can be applied toward the MA in Urban Studies, if admitted to the program. Click here to learn more about Community Semester.

Career Prospects

Graduates of the program may pursue management-level positions at community-based non-profits and community-level public sector work relating to community organizing, equity, housing, community economic development, climate change adaptation and resilience, political participation, and immigrant rights.

Admissions Criteria

Candidates for admission to advanced certificate programs must possess a bachelor’s degree with at least a 2.5 GPA or higher from an accredited institution. Applicants are required to write a personal statement and upload a resume. 

Application Deadlines

Applications for Fall 2018 are due by July 19, 2018

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