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 Certificate in Community Leadership will no longer be offered at the CUNY School of Professional Studies.

The Certificate in Community Leadership provides students with the skills to help them participate effectively in political processes on behalf of communities. Students gain the educational and professional credentials needed to pursue careers in public service, specifically in local 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 community engagement can result in social progress and political power. Students gain a deeper awareness of the importance of lived experience in the creation of urban policy and understand what factors influence how communities are organized.

Students who complete the program may apply their certificate credits towards the BA in Urban and Community 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, undergraduate students earn 16 credits and are awarded a Certificate in Community Leadership.  These credits can be applied toward the BA in Urban and Community Studies, if admitted to the program. Click here to learn more about Community Semester.

Career Prospects

Graduates of the program may pursue entry and mid-level positions at community-based nonprofits 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 the undergraduate level certificate program must have earned at least 24 credits at an accredited college or university; maintained an overall GPA of at least 2.0; and have demonstrated basic proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics. 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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