The vision of Albert Gallatin to establish “in this immense and fast-growing city...a system of rational and practical education fitting for all and graciously open to all” lives in the animating principles of NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS): an overarching academic focus on “practical” or professional and career-focused study, responsiveness to changing educational needs arising within the regional economy, and a commitment to broad access.
Now celebrating its 75th anniversary, the School boasts a singular yet highly diverse profile. Widely known for one of the most respected post-baccalaureate continuing education programs in the United States, SCPS has transformed itself as well into NYU’s fourth largest graduate school and fifth largest undergraduate college. Its curricula reflect the highest standards of the University and New York’s own driving energy, applied and specialized knowledge, and creativity.
Approximately 4,500 full-time and part-time matriculated students pursue 14 distinct master’s and 26 undergraduate degrees. For adult learners studying for career advancement or intellectual discovery, nearly 4,000 courses, lecture series, and conferences are held in subjects ranging from applied income real estate property valuation to Arabic, from hospitality industry investment to digital filmmaking, from credit analysis to arts appraisal, to programs that address global human trafficking or explore the American dream through literature and cinema or New York’s urban landscape. Classes are held in Washington Square, downtown, midtown, days and evenings, and online.