A new School of Education at Medgar Evers College focusing on underserved city students, new honors programs and forward-looking degrees embracing emerging science, technology and arts careers are being launched across The City University of New York this fall as students begin the 2017-18 academic year.

“In keeping with our commitment to expand access to a high-quality college education, CUNY continues to meet the needs of the city, the state and students at every academic level, offering proven initiatives to boost college readiness and graduation rates, new honors programs, world-class faculty and innovative courses of study that prepare our graduates for success,” said Chancellor James B. Milliken.

Some of the initiatives include:

  • Medgar Evers’ School of Education, which will focus on underserved, diverse students; research economic, cultural and other variables that affect learning, and offer education students and faculty opportunities as part of the college’s ongoing partnerships and exchanges with Caribbean educators.
  • An M.S. in computer engineering that City College offers in response to high demand in the tri-state area for expertise in the combined application of hardware and software for telecommunications, medicine and other fields.
  • A cybersecurity program at Queensborough Community College that allows students who complete it to pursue a bachelor’s in the specialization at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
  • A degree program available only at CUNY: a B.S. in the business and technology of fashion at New York City College of Technology.
  • The only degree of its kind in New York State for teaching both math and computer science will be offered at Queens College.
  • A groundbreaking three-year doctoral degree program in business at Baruch College that’s designed for people who are already executives.
  • Associate degree programs at Borough of Manhattan Community College in music, public health and gender and women’s studies that articulate with bachelor’s programs at Lehman, York, Brooklyn and John Jay Colleges.
  • Online master’s of science programs in nursing education and nursing organizational leadership at the CUNY School of Professional Studies.
  • M.F.A. degree programs in scoring, sonic arts and digital animation at Brooklyn College’s Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema.

Medgar Evers College’s new School of Education aims to transform urban education by meeting the challenges of educating and counseling underserved New York City school children. “Education continues to be the source of growth and justice redistributed through quality schooling,” said President Rudolph F. Crew. “The School of Education is devoted to this outcome.”

The school comprises several departments and initiatives. Its Department of Developmental and Special Education oversees teacher training in remediation and special education pedagogy. In addition to granting special education degrees, the department will research brain-related disorders and their impact on learning and development, to address challenges students may face, and increase retention and graduation rates. The school’s second academic department, the Department of Multicultural Early Childhood and Elementary Education, will prepare educators through associate and bachelor’s degree programs, as well as respond to a growing need for culturally and linguistically diverse teachers.

Other programs under the auspices of the new School of Education include the Medgar Evers College Pipeline initiative, a college readiness program that guides Central Brooklyn students through grades K-12 and into college, and provides professional opportunities; the Parent Academy, offering education and resources to parents of city public school students, and the Ella Baker/Charles Romain Child Development Center, a preschool and afterschool program located on the Medgar Evers campus.

Here are highlights of other new programs on CUNY campuses this fall:

Baruch College

Executive Doctorate in Business (E.D.B.): Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business is launching a groundbreaking three-year doctoral degree program that will provide highly motivated business executives the means to differentiate themselves in today’s complex, competitive business environment. The highest university degree available in business, the E.D.B. provides a top-level, integrated view of all facets of business and commerce. The interdisciplinary program is designed for senior executives with seven to 10 years of extensive business and managerial experience who seek the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in the C-suite.

Master of International Affairs (M.I.A.): Globalization, climate change, trade, migration, resource management, public health, food security – many of today’s most urgent problems and greatest opportunities – transcend national borders. To address these demanding issues, Baruch College’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs created the M.I.A. program to prepare students to become successful, globally focused leaders in the public and private sectors. This program, which takes two years of full-time study or can be taken part time, is designed for students committed to responsible leadership in government, global institutions, international nongovernmental organizations and business.

Confucius Institute of Global Finance: The Confucius Institute of Global Finance at Baruch College opens this fall in collaboration with Shanghai International Studies University (SISU). Initially, it will provide Baruch students with no-cost, non-degree language and cultural classes; eventually it will offer its programs to the New York City community. The institute’s mission is to develop top business talent who are fluent in Chinese, well versed in diversified cultures and knowledgeable about Chinese and American financial systems and markets. Given its focus on global finance, Baruch College and SISU believe that this Confucius Institute will be the first of its kind in New York City and, perhaps, the nation.

Borough of Manhattan Community College

A.S. in Music: Offered by BMCC’s Music and Art Department, this associate degree program nurturesspecializations in Music Studies and Music Performance that articulate with the B.S. in Music program at Lehman College. Also new this fall is a specialization in Music Education.

A.S. in Public Health: Students enrolling through the BMCC Health Education Department will be on track to enter York College’s B.S. in Public Health program.

A.A. in Gender and Women’s Studies: This degree was created by two departments: Speech, Communications and Theatre Arts, and Social Sciences, Criminal Justice and Human Services. The program articulates with the B.A. in Gender Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies at Brooklyn College.

Brooklyn College

M.F.A. in Media Scoring: The college’s Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema offers students advanced knowledge and practical experience in the composition and production of music scores for cinema, television, video games, animation and other commercial applications. The intended audience includes composers with a bachelor’s in music (or demonstrated equivalency) who wish to pursue a career in scoring or related positions. The program places a premium on teaching media scoring techniques to students who have demonstrated success as composers. Most of the courses focus on developing knowledge directly related to scoring as it exists today, along with traditional film-scoring skills such as orchestration, conducting and composition.

M.F.A. in Sonic Arts: Aimed at electroacoustic and electronic music composers, sound artists and sound designers, this Feirstein program offers advanced training in the production of artistic and commercial works of sound. Its primary goal is to develop historically and theoretically informed and technically skilled composers and artists working in the medium of sound. Graduates will be capable of pursuing successful careers in the arts and commercial media industry.

M.F.A. in Digital Animation: The Feirstein School’s Digital Animation & VFX Program is at the leading edge of ongoing digital technology advances that have transformed the media and cinematic landscapes. Emphasizing experimentation and imagination and a foundation in narrative structure, the program bridges the worlds of technology-based innovation and cinematic storytelling. Courses and workshops are taught by industry professionals, culminating in the completion of a portfolio.

City College of New York

M.S. in Computer Engineering: The Grove School of Engineering’s 30-credit degree program responds to the demand in the tri-state area for expertise in the combined application of hardware and software for telecommunications, medicine and other fields. Computer Engineering integrates concepts and methods from electrical engineering and computer science to develop hardware and software. The program encompasses design, development, testing and evaluation of components, systems and networks.

Beyond Identity: A Gendered Platform for Scholar-Activists: CCNY’s Politics of Sexual Violence Initiative and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership are collaborating on a campus-wide initiative, Beyond Identity: A Gendered Platform for Scholar-Activists. The program will train young women of color from immigrant and U.S.-based minority communities in identity-driven research, allowing them to draw on lived experiences of discrimination to inform unique research agendas. It combines teaching, writing, activism and public engagement to, the official description says, “support a more thoughtful resistance to the challenges faced by young women of color, allowing them to develop a portfolio of work to establish their own, unique, political platforms.”

Community Change Studies: The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership introduces this minor to connect students with the skills and organizations at the forefront of change in New York City and prepares them for public service careers. The minor includes required courses in community organizing and community-based research, taught by experienced practitioners; internships with leading social justice organizations; and possibly, funded summer internships.

CUNY School of Professional Studies

M.S. in Nursing Education – Online Degree Program: This program prepares nurses to develop curricula focused on our changing health care systems; adapt and teach education strategies for diverse learners; develop clinical and classroom evaluation strategies; and adopt effective evidence-based practices in academic and clinical health care settings. It will help address the shortage of full-time nursing faculty by increasing the number of nurse educators and, ultimately, help to produce an adequate supply of nurses, which would improve patient access to affordable, high-quality health care. Program graduates will be qualified to serve as educators in institutions ranging from community colleges to major universities, as well as in academic health centers and community-based health facilities. They also could pursue doctoral education in Nursing Education, Nursing Science and Nursing Research.

M.S. in Nursing Organizational Leadership – Online Program: This degree prepares nurses to contribute to the health, education and social structure of communities by assuming leadership positions. It creates a landscape for nurses to promote innovative change and quality outcomes, translate evidence-based research into practice, build collaborative interprofessional, health care teams to coordinate care, and employ advocacy strategies to influence health care policy across the health care spectrum. Graduates will be qualified to serve as directors of nursing, chief nursing officers, nurse managers, accountable care coordinators and wellness program directors. Potential workplaces for these roles include hospitals, outpatient care clinics, medical centers, home health care agencies, long-term care facilities and academic health systems.

Guttman Community College

A.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences – Science Track: This curriculum adds an alternate set of degree requirements for the Liberal Arts and Sciences (LASC) degree, geared toward students who wish to enter science or math programs when they transfer to four-year colleges. Currently, such transferring Guttman students have not yet fulfilled their prerequisites, since Guttman has not offered the necessary four-credit, lab-based science courses. Creating this new set of courses as part of the LASC program allows students to complete their first two years of science courses at Guttman, making them program-eligible when they transfer. That will save them valuable tuition dollars and time toward graduation with a bachelor’s degree. This curriculum also fulfills minimum requirements for students to begin careers as research technicians and research assistants.

Hunter College

M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis: The Hunter College School of Education is augmenting its Applied Behavior Analysis program by offering this M.S. degree in addition to the Advanced Certificate. The M.S. program provides intensive training in behavior-analytic intervention to professionals seeking to work or currently working with children, youth and adults with autism spectrum disorder, as well as to the supervisors and administrators of the programs in which they work. Applied behavior analysts work with individuals from infancy through adulthood in settings that include schools, homes, day programs, communities, residential care settings, businesses and research laboratories. The program will prepare students to develop, deliver and evaluate the effectiveness of applied behavior analytic intervention for learners with autism. It also will increase the availability of professionals who have the appropriate training and experience to provide behavior-analytic services to children, adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Students who complete the program will have the graduate training necessary to sit for the national Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) exam. Upon passing the BCBA exam, graduates will be eligible for New York State’s new license in behavior analysis.

M.S. in GeoInformatics: One of only two GeoInformatics master’s in the country, this novel program delves into areas that are not covered by Hunter’s existing certificate program. This interdisciplinary degree features courses in GeoInformatics, GIScience, and GIS application areas and prepares students for management and advanced research-level employment positions. Training includes computational aspects of spatial data science, such as modeling and programming, remote sensing, visualization, databases, spatial ontologies, spatial statistics, big data and complexity. Students have opportunities to explore links with both Geography and Computer Science faculty at Hunter, as well as with employers and the tech community in the New York metropolitan area. Part-time study is permitted. In addition to traditional courses, students can participate in technology and research seminars, field trips to local private and public sector GIS groups and research sites, and contribute to real-world GIS projects through mentorship programs.

RN to B.S. Program: New Hybrid Program: This Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing program is designed for students with an associate degree in nursing and a New York State RN license who are interested in earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing.  The 120-credit baccalaureate degree requires courses in the liberal arts and sciences and in professional nursing, including associate-level credits. Sixty of those credits must be earned at Hunter College. Non-nursing courses are offered at the 68th Street Hunter campus and vary in format from face-to-face (in-person) to hybrid to fully online. Students must complete non-nursing courses before enrolling in nursing courses.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

M.A. in Economics: This program offers a comprehensive and rigorous education in applied, pluralist economics. It is one of a handful of graduate programs in the country that focuses primarily on issues of economic justice, such as economic democracy, diversity, inequality, sustainability and community development. Students will study the history of economics and economic thought; the economics of gender, environmental sustainability, local and international economic development; and global inequalities of income and wealth. They also will acquire expertise in data analysis and writing, which are valued by practitioners in the field.

Accelerated M.P.A./J.D. in Law and Public Accountability: Offered jointly with the CUNY School of Law, this program brings together the greatest strengths of each institution, combining the law school’s nationally renowned expertise in public interest law with John Jay College’s incomparable M.P.A. program in investigating waste, fraud and abuse in public services. The program will graduate lawyers who are uniquely qualified to be leaders in inspection and oversight functions as practitioners, policy makers, or legal scholars for federal, state and local agencies, as well as independent and private sector organizations.

Accelerated M.A./J.D. in Forensic Psychology and Law: John Jay also partners with CUNY School of Law on this dual-degree program. As a premier public interest law school, it educates outstanding attorneys committed to representing underserved populations and promoting social justice and to educate and support individuals from communities historically denied access to the legal profession. John Jay is committed to educating for justice, and the college’s M.A. Program in Forensic Psychology specializes in psychology as it relates to law and the courts. Graduates will be prepared to advocate for clients with psychological concerns, to work with relevant service providers, and to serve as mental health and legal policymakers and administrators. The program design facilitates earning both degrees in four years instead of the five it would typically take if the programs were pursued independently.

Lehman College

M.S. in Organizational Leadership: The only CUNY graduate program of its kind aims to prepare students to assume leadership positions in the nonprofit, corporate, government, and health care fields. Lehman Director of Graduate Studies Richard Finger calls the program “ideally suited to the Bronx,” home to several hospitals, city agencies, and social service organizations.

Macaulay Honors College

Combined Bachelor/Master’s in Liberal Studies: Macaulay Honors College and the CUNY Graduate Center are launching a combined degree program as a pipeline for eligible Macaulay students to take up to 12 semester hours of graduate coursework with the Graduate Center’s M.A. Program in Liberal Studies (MALS) during their final two or three semesters as undergraduates. Macaulay undergraduates must maintain a 3.5 GPA and earn at least a B in any MALS course. Those completing the program will receive a Master of Liberal Studies from the Graduate Center.

New York City College of Technology

B.S. in the Business and Technology of Fashion (B.T.F.): Fashion has always been defined by the latest technologies – from the sewing needle to laser-etched fabrics. To keep pace with industry demand for a workforce trained in the business and technology of fashion, City Tech’s Business Department offers this degree, which is unique to CUNY. Supporting New York City’s role as the world’s center of fashion media, marketing and retailing, it weaves core business competencies with fashion industry-specific coursework. Emphasis is placed on the development of technology-based proficiencies and on exploring the rapid changes in business practices as they adjust to new technology in the fashion industry.

B.S. in Applied Computational Physics: This degree places a unique emphasis on task-oriented, rather than theoretical or formal aspects, of physical sciences, and on the use of advanced computational techniques to solve problems. Graduates will be equipped with a solid foundation in physics, computer science and mathematics, enabling them to pursue careers in STEM disciplines like aerospace engineering, applied mathematics and computer science, finance, environmental science, chemistry, biomedicine and research in academia, industry or national laboratories. Graduates will gain access to employment opportunities in the private and public sector, as well as to advanced degree programs.

Queens College

M.S. in Science Education: The only degree of its kind in New York State for teaching both math and computer science, this program will provide secondary school teachers with the specialized knowledge and skills in computer science that they need to teach the subject, including AP courses in computer science.

Dual Sociology B.A./M.A. in Data Analytics: Both programs will enhance the data literacy of students and position them well for today’s job market. The Sociology Department also introduces a minor in Data Analytics.

Social Medicine Minor: The Urban Studies Department offers a minor in Social Medicine, which focuses on the economic, social, environmental and political factors that shape the health of individuals and communities.

B.S. in Quantitative Economics: Offered by the Economics Department, this degree is tailored for students who wish to pursue advanced graduate study in economics.

Graduate Certificate in Archives and Preservation of Cultural Materials: This revamped certificate program from the college’s Graduate School of Library Science and Information Studies complements its successful dual master’s degree programs offered with the History Department.

Italian Culture for the 21st Century: This certificate program focuses on the study of “made in Italy,” a phenomenon resulting from the intersection of art and culture with technology and industry. It will serve as a gateway for students to study Italian in contemporary and international contexts. Opportunities for students include internships with the Italian Trade Commission.

Queensborough Community College

A.S./B.S. Computer Science and Information Security: The program offers students a curriculum in Computer Science with a specialization in Information Security. Students will complete their associate degree at Queensborough and progress to John Jay College of Criminal Justice for their bachelor’s in this dual/joint degree program. Cybersecurity represents a broad, well-compensated set of new and emerging occupational areas, offering opportunities in New York City as one of the fastest-growing professions. It includes instruction in the latest technologies, making students optimally ready for cybersecurity careers. It provides academic pathways leading to careers in Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Forensic Financial Analysis.

A.S. in Music: This prepares students to meet national requirements in the field of music. The Music Department is seeking accreditation of its A.S. degree program by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), which requires at least four semesters of individual instruction in a musical instrument or voice. The revised curriculum of the individual study in music performance component aligns with other instruction, including music theory, history, and performance ensembles. Students will develop an understanding and ability to perform the techniques, styles and repertoire on their musical instrument or voice, obtain a fluency in music notation(s) for their instrument or voice demonstrating general musicianship, and a skill level relevant to professional standards. This program will transfer easily into many baccalaureate music programs.

The College of Staten Island

Advanced Certificate in Public History: The program will train post-baccalaureate students to be historians who are intellectually, as well as professionally, qualified to apply historical content and method to a public history context. Public history is a growing field in institutions like museums, historical societies and sites and archives; cultural institutions need staff with academic expertise and practical experience in the field. This includes lectures, in-class discussions and internships.

M.S. in Engineering in Electrical Engineering (M.E.E.E.): CSI’s first graduate engineering program will prepare graduates to excel in communications, photonics, signal and information processing, electronics and related fields. Internationally recognized faculty offer special focus areas in Photonic Systems and Networks and in Information Processing and Transmission. Alternatively, students can design their own focus, including research and thesis options. For those who decide on further study, the degree is designed to mesh smoothly with the Ph.D. program at City College.

New Disability Studies Track: The Department of Social Work has introduced a macro track within the Disability Studies concentration, preparing for licensing at the LMSW level. The track contains these advanced practice courses: Social Work Macro Practice in Organizations; Social Work Macro Practice: Program Planning and Evaluation; Social Work Macro Practice: Community Organizing and Development; and Financial Management. Students also take Introduction to Disability Studies for Social Work, and Social Work and Disability Studies Policy Practice. Advanced standing students take two electives and two semesters of field internships.

The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in 1847, the University comprises 24 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the CUNY Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law, the CUNY School of Professional Studies and the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. The University serves more than 272,000 degree-seeking students. College Now, the University’s academic enrichment program, is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 400 high schools throughout the five boroughs. The University offers online baccalaureate and master’s degrees through the CUNY School of Professional Studies.