The deadline to apply for Fall 2023 is July 1

Students who would like to apply to a master’s degree or advanced certificate program should use the Graduate Application for Admission.

To be eligible for admission to our master’s degree programs, applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree and at least a 3.0 GPA from an accredited institution.
  • Submit a well-written 5-to-8-page writing sample that demonstrates your ability to follow a logical structure and summarize complex ideas. If you are a recent graduate, you may use an excerpt of a research assignment graded B or above. Other samples accepted include publishes articles, blogs, & editorials.
  • Provide a compelling statement of purpose describing your relevant experience as well as the reason and motivation for applying to the program (500-750 words)
  • Upload a current resume
  • Submit two letters of recommendation

To submit your application, a $75 non-refundable processing fee is required. Without payment, your application will not be sent to CUNY SLU. Current CUNY students, veterans of the United States Military, active duty service members, and members of the National Guard or Reserves are eligible for an application fee waiver.

We accept a maximum of 9 transfer credits. Our transfer credit section can tell you more. Contact the Admissions Office at with any questions.


Please send your official transcripts from all of the schools you have attended to our address below; electronic transcripts are strongly preferred during this time.

CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies
Office of Admissions
25 West 43rd Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10036

Or send electronic transcripts to: