Graduate Catalog 2020-2021

About the College


History of College

The College of Staten Island is a senior college of The City University of New York (CUNY) offering Doctoral programs, Advanced Certificate programs, and Master’s programs, as well as Bachelor’s and Associate’s degrees.

Completed in 1994, the 204-acre landscaped Willowbrook campus of CSI, the largest in NYC, is fully accessible and contains an advanced, networked infrastructure to support technology-based teaching, learning, and research. Set in a park-like landscape, the campus is centrally located on Staten Island. Mature trees and woodlands, flowering trees and ornamental plantings, fields and outdoor athletic facilities, the great lawn, sculpture, and seating areas create a rural oasis in an urban setting.
Now with multiple locations. CSI St. George joins the CSI Willowbrook,and CSI Tech Incubator to make it even easier to begin your college career or take your educational aspirations to the next level.

CSI is home to The Lucille and Jay Chazanoff School of Business at the College of Staten Island, School of Education, and School of Health Sciences, as well as The Verrazano School Honors Program, and the Teacher Education Honors Academy. CSI is also a select campus of the Macaulay Honors College University Scholars program.
The CUNY Interdisciplinary High-Performance Computing Center, one of the most powerful supercomputers in the New York City region, handles big-data analysis for faculty researchers and their student research teams, as well as researchers nationwide.

Dolphin Cove Resident Halls, the college’s apartment-style luxury suites, celebrates its third year at full occupancy housing students from across NYC, the United States, and the world.
CSI has been named to MONEY magazine’s 2019 Best Colleges in America, Ranked by Value list, as well as a 2019 Forbes Best Value College. In addition, U.S. News and World Report has included CSI’s Master’s programs in Nursing and Social Work in Its 2020 Best Graduate Schools Rankings. In recognition of its exceptional support programs for student-veterans, CSI has also been named a Military Friendly School for ten consecutive years by GI Jobs magazine.

CSI opened in 1976 through the union of two existing colleges—Staten Island Community College and Richmond College. Staten Island Community College, the first community college in the University, opened in 1956. Richmond College, an upper-division college that offered undergraduate and graduate degrees to students who had successfully completed the first two years of college study elsewhere, opened in 1967. The merger of these two colleges resulted in the only public four-year institution of higher learning on Staten Island.

The Campus

The 204-acre campus of CSI/CUNY is set on the largest physical New York City college site. Surrounded by a park-like landscape, the campus is centrally located on Staten Island. A rural oasis in an urban setting, the campus includes classrooms, laboratories and instructional spaces, study lounges, department and program offices, and faculty offices, along with extensive athletic facilities and an acclaimed Center for the Arts.

Mission, Vision, Values, and Strategic Priorities


Grounded in the tradition of the liberal arts and sciences, the College of Staten Island is committed to the highest standards in learning, teaching, research, scholarship, and service.  As the only public institution of higher education in the Borough, and as a senior campus of The City University of New York, the College has provided access to excellence in higher education since 1956.  The College is dedicated to helping its students fulfill their creative and educational aspirations through competitive and rigorous undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.  We embrace the strength of our diversity, foster civic-mindedness, and nurture responsible citizens for our city, state, country, and the world.


Providing students with an outstanding educational experience guides everything the College of Staten Island undertakes. The College is committed to enhancing the success of all students and to evidence-based initiatives and opportunities.   We strive to provide rigorous undergraduate and graduate degrees at all levels and to respond to the changing educational and professional aspirations of students in a complex and dynamic world through innovative disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs.  Excellence in scholarship, research, and creative activities provides a strong foundation for our academic programs and student learning experiences, and by attracting and retaining an outstanding faculty we will also attract strong graduate students to our masters and doctoral programs and to work in our laboratories.  We aspire to be a vibrant center of intellectual and cultural exchange and to broaden the horizons of our students by increasing the integration of global perspectives through our curriculum, scholarship and international opportunities.  At the same time we will enhance students’ educational experiences by expanding opportunities to engage with our more immediate community through research, service, and civic engagement, consistent with our commitment to borough stewardship. The College is enriched by the diversity of its students, faculty, and staff, and we will expand efforts to ensure an inclusive and increasingly diverse campus community.  We will be a leader in conserving resources, will be creative in aligning resource allocations with strategic priorities, and will be data-informed in our decision-making. Through these accomplishments the College of Staten Island will become a destination for students, faculty, and staff, with greater regional, national and international recognition.


Strong commitment to teaching, scholarship, research, creative activities, and service.

  • We set and meet high expectations in our academic programs through innovative teaching, scholarship, and research. We promote engagement among students and faculty. We explore the broader impacts of our work and are proud of recognition received at local, national and international venues.

Emphasis on campus pride and the cultivation of a welcoming and inclusive environment.

  • We cultivate pride in our institution in everything that we do. We strive to ensure that all who come to campus feel welcomed and valued. We enjoy celebrating our successes. Together we work to achieve greater recognition through advancement and the promotion of campus activities.

Facilitation of serious conversations about difficult subjects.

  • We seek to make our campus a place for the open exchange of ideas. We encourage critical thinking, curiosity and creative expression. We see value in thoughtful conversation and the consideration of differing viewpoints. We promote events on campus that are relevant and related to larger questions that have impact on our lives.

Innovative approaches to student success.

  • As a comprehensive college, we provide support for students from pre-college through doctoral degrees. We embrace innovative approaches to increase student engagement and encourage progress in achieving individual academic and career goals. We also work with all students to help them overcome barriers to their success.

Commitment to integrity and mutual respect.

  • We expect honesty and fairness in our interactions with each other and in the work that we do. Ensuring integrity builds trust among students, faculty, and staff. Mutual respect is required to encourage open dialogue, critical reflection and a diversity of perspectives.  We value all members of the College community, as all play a vital role in making us a quality institution.

Reliance on informed decision-making and shared governance.

  • We seek to ensure that all of our decisions are informed by deliberation and data. We are continuously engaged in gathering information related to our institutional goals. We foster a model of shared governance. We are engaged in cross-institutional, national conversations related to best practices in higher education and support visionary leadership within every unit of the College.

Strategic Priorities

Strategic Priority 1 STUDENT SUCCESS: Lifting as We Rise

The College of Staten Island is committed to fostering success for students at all levels, as well as ensuring the strongest possible experience for students, including timely progress toward their degrees.  Strong student engagement, both inside and outside the classroom, as well as helping students to develop a “growth mindset,” are essential ingredients in achieving these objectives.  The College is committed to embracing the success of all students and eliminating achievement gaps, wherever they exist, to improve educational equity and inclusion.
To address this priority, the College will work toward the following goals:

  • Provide a comprehensive approach to student support services, including mentoring and advising with a focus on assessing student progress and an emphasis on improving retention, reducing achievement gaps, and increasing graduation rates. 
  • Provide a framework of professional development for teaching and non-teaching staff  to support student engagement and student success, relying on relevant research and  literature.
  • Promote a growth mindset for students through a combination of student involvement and  high-impact practices and educational experiences that are relevant to the world today.       
  • Promote improvements in learning effectiveness and services that embrace our  responsibility as a comprehensive college to serve students at all levels of preparation and  achievement.

Strategic Priority 2  GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT:  The World Right Here

The College of Staten Island is committed to creating a campus that embodies global perspectives in all its endeavors and engaging students, faculty, and staff to become global citizens who are inextricably connected to the world. To instill in CSI students a sense of global social responsibility and action through local, national, and international engagement.
  • Increase emphasis on global perspectives across the curriculum.
  • Increase the presence of international students and scholars, and encourage meaningful exchanges and communications among members of the campus community with varied international knowledge and experiences.
  • Promote and support research, scholarship, and creative activities on global issues.
  • Strengthen the capacity of campus structures, including the Center for Global Engagement, to extend our global reach and perspectives.
Strategic Priority 3 BOROUGH STEWARDSHIP: One Degree of Separation
The College of Staten Island is fully committed to advancing its role as a “Steward of Place” through direct, two-way interaction with the Staten Island community through the development, exchange, and application of knowledge, information, and expertise for mutual benefit in such areas as health and safety initiatives, educational partnerships, and economic and career/workforce development.
  • Provide opportunities and encouragement for students to be involved in community service, volunteerism, and civic engagement.
  • Advance the College’s standing as a cultural and intellectual center and a leader in public  advocacy and discourse.
  • Broaden the impact of faculty and student research and scholarship on the community.
  • Advance a multi-dimensional, reciprocal approach to community development and partnership to identify and meet community needs, in such areas as health and safety initiatives, educational partnerships, and economic and career/workforce development.
Strategic Priority 4 DESTINATION CAMPUS:  A Preferred Choice Institution  
The College of Staten Island will be a destination campus:  a preferred choice institution. Students, faculty, and staff will tell our story to various stakeholders, fostering a campus culture that supports and reflects the best of CSI, and cultivating relationships both on and off campus.  We will enhance the physical beauty and natural surroundings through the preservation and improvement of the campus infrastructure, facilities, and safety features.
  • Develop a first-choice mindset for students, faculty, and staff by more effectively “telling our story” about successes, unique qualities, signature programs, and best-selling features such as smaller classes.
  • Identify and promote the special mix of attributes that make us a unique comprehensive institution located in New York City, through branding and communication of that image to stakeholders in a sustained and effective way.
  • Embark on a campaign to develop an esprit de corps and promote school spirit among students, faculty, and staff.
  • Create an environment, reflected both in our campus climate and physical surroundings, where students, faculty, and staff can thrive and meet their personal and/or professional goals.
Strategic Priority 5  SCHOLARSHIP-DRIVEN EDUCATION:  A Community of Scholars
Excellence in scholarship, research, and creative activities strengthens academic programs and provides the foundations for many “high-impact” scholarship-based student learning experiences.  Opportunities for student engagement through undergraduate and graduate student research, artistic and creative expression, academic internships, and experiential learning, both in the curriculum and as part of campus life, will strengthen the value of the degree that students attain at graduation.
  • Provide opportunities for students at all levels to engage in high-impact learning  opportunities including faculty-mentored research, scholarship, and creative activities,  and for experiential learning across the curriculum.
  • Support the integration of faculty research, scholarship, and creative activities into teaching and campus life to enhance student learning and faculty engagement through professional development, recognition, and resources.
  • Build a strong and effective infrastructure to support and recognize faculty, staff, and student scholarship and research, through institutional and research funding opportunities and provision of venues in which such activities may be shared with campus and public audiences. 
  • Ensure access to essential and specialized tools of research – such as dedicated research and experiential learning areas, collaborative spaces, and, most especially, the Library – to enable our students, faculty, and College community to engage in up-to-date and responsive scholarship.
Strategic Priority 6  RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: Aspirations and Resources Aligned
The College of Staten Island has received recognition for its signature high-quality, low-cost education.  As a steward of public resources, the College will be deliberate regarding how and where it invests its funds, on conserving resources, and being more creative in developing and maintaining revenue streams and aligning resource allocations to strategic priorities.
  • Invest in applications that will facilitate improved analytic capability of financial, academic, and enrollment data sources to support informed decision making and  resource allocation.
  • Leverage technology to improve efficiencies, workflows, and productivity.
  • Diversify funding streams by strategically incorporating resources from related entities (Auxiliary Services, the Foundation, the Association, and the Research Foundation) in support of the College Mission.  
  • Align budget and campus resources strategically with faculty and staff recruitment initiatives.  Identify gaps in systems and staffing, and invest in resources to address these gaps.



CSI is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, (267) 284-5000.  The Commission is a voluntary, non-governmental membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources.  It is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation.

Research Institutes and Centers

Advanced Imaging Facility

Dr. Greg Phillips, Facility Director

The AIF is a shared core facility under the Division of Science and Technology at CSI that houses advanced imaging systems including confocal, live-cell, transmission electron, scanning electron, and atomic force microscopes as well as dedicated lab space for specimen processing and analysis suites to allow researchers to prepare, image, and analyze samples at a single site. This facility is open to research scientists from all CUNY campuses. Scientists belonging to other academic institutions and industrial scientists are also invited to utilize the facility.

Center for Developmental Neuroscience and Developmental Disabilities

Dr. Greg Phillips, Interim Director

The Center for Developmental Neuroscience and Developmental Disabilities (CDNDD) is a CUNY Center that conducts, promotes, and sponsors research, education, and training in the developmental neurosciences with special emphasis on research and educational programs in the specific field of developmental disabilities. The Center serves as a hub for collaborative efforts between the College and other research institutions in offering a Master of Science degree in Neuroscience and Developmental Disabilities, and also partnering with the CUNY Doctoral programs in multiple disciplines in mentoring Ph.D. students. On the CSI campus, the Center has established research laboratories for investigations in cellular, molecular, behavioral, and clinical neuroscience and provides advanced research training for graduate and undergraduate students.

Center for Environmental Science

Dr. Alfred M. Levine, Director

The Center for Environmental Science, established in 1987, provides support for research and policy recommendations concerning environmental problems. One of the major purposes of the Center is to define and solve environmental problems on Staten Island and its environs through research that includes studies of respiratory diseases, toxic and carcinogenic chemicals in the air, and the population at risk for lung cancer.

Center for the Study of Staten Island: Staten Island Project (SIP)

Dr. Richard Flanagan and Dr. Jonathan Peters, Co-Directors

The Center for the Study of Staten Island is designed to integrate the work of the College with the public affairs concerns of the people of Staten Island. To that end, it mediates and facilitates the collaboration of the College's faculty, students, and staff with government, civic organizations, and businesses in order to identify and assist in finding solutions to the borough's pressing public issues. More specifically, the Center serves as an information and consultation resource to prepare citizens and leaders to make better informed decisions about public life; it fosters the development of faculty research and undergraduate and graduate education through engagement with the Staten Island community; and it builds bridges to other public affairs institutes and local communities as a spur to innovations in public life on Staten Island. Whenever possible, the Center seeks to partner with community groups and agencies in advancing initiatives of mutual interest and in fulfilling consonant missions.

While encouraging and facilitating debate that accommodates differing and sometimes conflicting positions on controversial issues crucial to the community, the Center is committed to maintaining a nonpartisan stance.

Center for Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences

The Center for Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences brings together a wide range of research faculty and students with interests in interdisciplinary applications of mathematics and computational science.

The Center’s activities include the use of the campus super-computer, faculty collaboration, grant writing, student mentoring, undergraduate research, and sponsored lectures. More information can be found at Center for Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics.

Center for Engineered Polymeric Materials (CePM)

Dr. Qiao-Sheng Hu

CUNY High Performance Computer Center (HPCC) 

Building (1M) Room 206

The CUNY High Performance Computing Center (HPCC) advances the University’s educational and research mission by providing high-performance computing technology resources and technical assistance to CUNY faculty and students. The HPCC has a central role in the support of initiatives and sustaining intellectual growth by interacting with local and regional industries as well as the scientific community.  Across the University, researchers have achieved significant accomplishments and published works using the HPCC.  More information can be found at CUNY High Performance Computing Center.

CUNY Institute for Macromolecular Assemblies (MMA) 

Dr. Qiao-Sheng Hu

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Laboratory

Building (6S)

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy (NMR) is a powerful technique that can provide information on molecular structure and dynamics at the atomic level. It has been widely used in chemistry, polymer and biology. The NMR facility at the College of Staten Island has two Varian high-field multinuclear spectrometers, Inova 600 and a 300 wide-bore. The Inova 300 is configured with a 5mm 2RF channel PFG probe tuned to 1H, 13C, 31P and other X-nuclei. It also can be configured with varian 7mm CP/MAS probe or DOTY XC-5 probe for solid materials

investigation. The Inova 600 is usually configured with 5mm HCN cryoprobe in order to investigate structure and dynamics of biological macromolecules.



William J. Fritz, PhD
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost 

J. Michael Parrish, Provost and Senior Vice President
Dean of the School of Business
Susan L. Holak, PhD
Dean of the School of Education
Dean of the School of Health Sciences
Marcus C. Tye, PhD
Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences 
Sarolta A.Takács, PhD    
Dean of Science and Technology 
Michael Cavagnero, PhD
Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Student Success
Ralf Peetz, PhD 
Associate Provost for Graduate Studies, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness
Margaret-Ellen (Mel) Pipe, PhD
Associate Dean and Chief Librarian
Amy Stempler
Vice President for Student Affairs and Alumni Engagement

Jennifer S. Borrero, Esq.

Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Services and Dean of Admissions

Alexander Scott, MA
Interim Executive Director of Student Services
Danielle E. Dimitrov, Esq., JD
Assistant Vice President for Finance and Budget, Chief Financial Officer
Carlos A. Serrano, BS
Executive Director of  Institutional Advancement
Cheryl Adolph
Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Affairs
Assistant Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Information Technology Services and High Performance Computing Center
Patricia Kahn, PhD
Interim Vice President for Economic Development, Continuing Studies, and Government Relations

Robert Wallace, JD

Vice President for Campus Planning, Facilities Management and Operations

Hope Berte, MS

Assistant Vice President for Campus Planning and Facilities Management

Interim Chief of Staff/ Deputy to the President/Executive Director of Human Resources/Executive Legal Counsel to the President

Jessica Collura, JD
Director of Employee Relations and Labor Designee
Jessica Collura, JD

Interim Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Officer
Catherine Ferrera, JD.

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The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university.

Founded in 1847, CUNY counts 13 Nobel Prize and 26 MacArthur (“Genius”) grant winners among its alumni. CUNY students, alumni and faculty have garnered scores of other prestigious honors over the years in recognition of historic contributions to the advancement of the sciences, business, the arts and myriad other fields. The University comprises 25 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, William E. Macaulay Honors College, CUNY Graduate Center, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, CUNY School of Law, CUNY School of Professional Studies and CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. The University serves more than 275,000 degree-seeking students as well as 250,000 continuing education and certificate students.