The Advantages of City College



City College and Baruch College, both in the CUNY system, maintain the lowest tuition and fees for professional education in New York City. The total cost to complete the same MIS degree at a private school is three to four times higher than at City College, while the curriculum at the various schools has no significant differences.

Note also that Baruch College requires at least six more credits. Baruch also requires an additional dozen so-called abbreviated business core curriculum courses for those with a non-business background. City College never imposes an extra credit to the MIS program. City College is the most affordable among the MIS degree granting schools located in New York City and vicinity.

Easy Application Process

The City College MIS program does not ask for standardized test scores such as GRE and GMAT as part of the admission process.

The main objective of these tests is to rank, not to rate; to spread out the scores, not to gauge the quality of a given student or school. Standardized-test scores often measure superficial thinking. The time, energy, and money that are being devoted to preparing students for standardized tests have to come from somewhere.
Alfie Kohn, Standardized Testing and Its Victims, EDUCATION WEEK, September 27, 2000


City College seeks deep thinkers filled with enthusiasm to undertake challenging problems, develop constructive approaches for the solutions, and accomplish goals with substantial efforts. Individual achievement in academic setting and extracurricular activities will be carefully reviewed at evaluation.

Minimum Total Credits

City College only requires the completion of thirty credits (10 courses), yet offers a dynamic curriculum with an even distribution of the core subjects in business and technical areas. Courses are filled with pragmatic exercises.

There is no hidden or supplemental credit to cover individual’s academic deficiency. Therefore, admissions to the MIS program are highly selective. Strongly qualified students will be exposed to the fundamental business classes (4 courses), forefront technological training (4 courses), followed by an independent project as the touchstone of abilities to understand and solve a real problem.

An associated seminar class will provide an opportunity to deepen the understanding of the challenging problems and the technical solutions available today.

Cohort System


City College implements a cohort system to help students work together and build teamwork skills throughout the entire program. This is a departure from the ordinary curricular system limited to only passing a set of courses.

Although students are ultimately responsible for their own knowledge advances and are active and critical participants in learning, they are encouraged to collaborate with their fellow graduate students and faculty advisers to gather and organize recorded knowledge, to analyze and synthesize information, to draw conclusions and make creative solutions to address problems. Students will mutually benefit from each other through this academic process, a broader goal of the MIS program at City College.

Science and Engineering Connections

The MIS program is hosted by the Grove School of Engineering (named after Intel cofounder Andrew Grove in honor of his graduation and donation). It is one of the first public institutions of its kind, and is still the only public school of engineering in New York City with leading programs in biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical and mechanical engineering, and computer science.

City College is also one of the nation’s leading producers of engineering graduates from racial and ethnic minorities. The participants in this interdisciplinary degree program are guaranteed to have access to all the academic resources available at the City College.

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