Community Semester

Community Semester

A full-time, intensive academic and service experience in New York City

Be a leader. Put your passion for social justice to work inside and outside the classroom. Earn credits and financial support toward your educational expenses.

Community Semester is a full-time, intensive academic and service 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.  Students analyze the experience they gain in the field by studying community organizing, community development, government, and non-profit leadership, and by sharing their work experiences with fellow Community Semester students and with students in Murphy’s sister program, Union Semester.

The program welcomes:

Undergraduates – Apply for a BA in Urban and Community Studies (You need at least 24 credits from an accredited college or university; an overall GPA of at least 2.5; and have demonstrated basic proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics.) Information about undergraduate admissions can be found here.

Graduates – Apply for an MA in Urban Studies (You need a BA or BS with at least a 3.0 GPA or higher from an accredited undergraduate institution.) Information about graduate admissions can be found here.

Students participate in Community Semester to:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of social movements
  • Gain experience working for a community-based organization
  • Sharpen their analytic skills in order to be more effective in their studies or on the job
  • Obtain professional experience that can help build a career path in social justice
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Begin building a lifelong professional network
  • Earn credits that may apply towards a baccalaureate or graduate degree
  • Receive financial support toward educational expenses.

Contact Us

To speak with the Community Semester Program Coordinator, Crystal Joseph, e-mail or call (212) 857-1966.