The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) administers the Mayor's Graduate Scholarship Program (MGSP), an opportunity for full-time New York City local government employees (employed by a City agency) with undergraduate degrees to study at accredited colleges/universities in the metropolitan area.
Schools fund full or partial graduate scholarships through the Program. The scholarships are for City government employees to study, on their own, in areas such as business and public administration, policy analysis, law, education, engineering, nursing, public health, computer science, and social work.
- be a full-time City government employee
- have obtained an undergraduate degree from an accredited college/university or have completed your undergraduate degree by the Fall of the academic year for which you are applying (applicants already possessing a master’s degree are eligible)
- remain a full-time City government employee throughout your course of study
- meet the minimum scholarship requirements listed in the Scholarship Offering guide (e.g., The school may require that you be a new entrant to the institution.)
How to Apply
Submit your complete MGSP application to your Agency Personnel Office by the indicated deadline. It will then be submitted to the MGSP office for screening and approval (Do not submit your MGSP application directly to the MGSP office). You must submit confirmation of school application submission before your scholarship application can be forwarded to a participating school. You may apply for more than one college/university scholarship, but can only accept one scholarship award through MGSP. When applying to the school(s) of your choice for admission, indicate that you are also submitting a completed MGSP Application through DCAS for their consideration.
For an overview of the application process, view the program presentation. If you need assistance, email DCAS via the form.
The links listed below provide important information detailing the procedures for applying for an MGSP scholarship.