Access the tools, knowledge and practical experience you need to make a difference—in your life and in the lives of others—as an educator or leader in the helping professions.

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For you, a career isn’t just about making a good living. It’s about making a difference. With a degree from the MCNY’s Audrey Cohen School for Human Services and Education, you can do both.

Named for MCNY founder Audrey Cohen, we’re an accredited institution offering associate and bachelor’s degrees in Human Services, a master’s degree in Special Education (grades 1-6)/Childhood Education (grades 1-6), Master of Arts in Community Health Education and a New York State Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate Program. All our programs are designed for working professionals with accelerated timetables and convenient schedules. That’s the MCNY advantage.


Joanne Ardovini
Welcome to Metropolitan College of New York’s School for Human Services and Education. MCNY is comprised of three distinct Schools, each built upon the foundation of Purpose Centered Education. Our Programs are committed to experiential learning and applied scholarship. Each Program will challenge you academically, professionally and personally.

The Audrey Cohen School for Human Services and Education is the original School of MCNY and grew out of the War on Poverty in the 1960s. Our Master’s in Early Education is aligned with these historic roots. In the School for Human Services and Education, we are constantly revising and developing new and innovative Programs and Certifications so that our students remain relevant and competitive in an ever-changing field. Our Faculty is composed of scholars and working professionals who are committed to the success of our student in becoming productive and creative members of society.

Choosing to become a member of MCNY’s learning community reflects your commitment to changing your own life, your community, and the world at large. Graduates of our programs have achieved great success in the field of Human Services and Education. In addition to benefiting society by contributing their knowledge to roles in Criminal Justice, Corrections, Social Services, Group Activism, Community Organization, Mental Health, Crisis Intervention, Drug and Alcohol Recovery, Geriatrics, Child and Family Services, and Student Affairs Administration.  Our graduates have also been successful in creating new agencies and programs in order to help their communities.  As a student of our Program, you will engage in civic life as an agent of social change. All of our degree programs offer opportunities for students to examine themselves and to explore different aspects of their fields of study while receiving the skills necessary to create social justice and be agents of positive change in the world.

MCNY’s Purpose Centered Education Model focuses on a specific theme for each semester during which students demonstrate mastery of the knowledge and skills, which they apply within the Field. These Constructive Action (CA) projects allow students to identify a problem, collect information to develop strategies for change, implement a plan of action and evaluate the results of their activities. These Field Placement experiences also allow students to develop skills, creates networks and build stronger resumes.  Both employers and students have noted that this makes the MCNY educational experience unique in preparing students for the challenges they will face as professionals.

The Audrey Cohen School for Human Services and Education programs are the beginning to an amazing academic and professional journey. As Interim Dean, I can promise that you will be challenged. Faculty and Staff will guide you. And you will find your Purpose!

Joanne Ardovini, Ph.D.
Dean of Human Services Education & Public Administration, Program Director of Human Services and Common Curriculum

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It all begins with MCNY’s unique Purpose-Centered Education model

It combines classroom instruction with applied knowledge and practice. During each semester or “purpose,” you take what you’ve learned and apply it to the real world—whether it’s as a resident teacher in a local school or through a Constructive Action (CA) project. In your CA, you’ll identify a real need or opportunity in an organization or community then propose a solution that addresses it.

Our graduates are socially responsible, contributing members of our global community who go on to make a name for themselves in their profession—and a difference in the lives of many.

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An accredited institution, all our programs are designed for working professionals with accelerated timetables and flexible schedules.

MCNY Human Services Dimensions Series

EPISODE 1:  A Virtual Discussion with Stephen Hilton – From Addiction to Media Influencer hosted by Dr. Joanne Ardovini