About the College

Committed to public service, Former Mayor Tom Menino studied Community Planning and graduated in 1988 from CPCS

The College for People Who Want to Make a Difference

The College of Public and Community Service (CPCS) is an innovative college with a dynamic faculty, motivated students, and distinguished alumni, including the late Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino (Class of 1988) and Citizens Energy Corporation President and former congressman Joseph P. Kennedy (Class of 1976).

For over 40 years the College of Public and Community Service has been a recognized leader in education for social change, providing effective and empowering educational opportunities for students who are committed to working for positive development in their communities, workplaces, and professions. CPCS is a college for people who want to make a real difference.

Throughout our history, our student body has been highly diverse. CPCS students range in age from 18 to 80-plus years. They come from a wide range of economic backgrounds and confirm UMass Boston’s reputation as the most ethnically varied university campus in New England. We are justifiably proud of this great diversity of outlook, perspective, and opinion, and of the abundance of cultural experiences it provides for our students.

Currently, the college is undergoing organizational and programmatic changes designed to strengthen its operations, refresh and enrich its academic programming, and augment its contributions to the university and the communities it serves. In this period of transition, programs in social work, public health, and other areas will be introduced.

Current Offerings:

Professional development certificate program

With its unique blend of programs based on the study and active experience of communities and positive social change, our curriculum helps you deepen your understanding of the types of issues affecting today’s urbanized society while supporting you in your efforts to become effective professionals who can make a difference in your life and your communities. Theory learned in the classroom is applied through our service-learning courses, internships, or field placements.  When you graduate from CPCS, you leave with professional work experience, a resume, a network, and your degree.