GC Long Description

The Graduate Center defines the standard of contemporary graduate education: rigorous academic training and globally significant research. It is recognized for outstanding scholarship across the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, and is integral to the intellectual and cultural vitality of New York City. Through its extensive public programs, the Graduate Center hosts a wide range of events – lectures, conferences, book discussions, art exhibits, concerts, and dance and theatre – that enrich and inform. Finally, the accomplished and diverse student body exhibits an intellectual curiosity that enriches the learning experience for both faculty and students. 

The school enrolls more than 4,500 students from across the United States and approximately eighty foreign countries. The consortium of 2,000 faculty members consists of a core faculty of approximately 150 Graduate Center appointments supplemented by 1,850 additional faculty members drawn from throughout CUNY’s eleven senior colleges and New York City’s leading cultural and scientific institutions.

At the heart of our mission is knowledge creation. The Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC) extends the Graduate Center’s global reach and prominence as an international hub of advanced study. Specifically, ARC promotes interdisciplinary research; partners with the Graduate Center’s forty research centers, institutes, interdisciplinary committees, and other academic initiatives; connects the research activities of CUNY faculty at the colleges to Graduate Center research programs and seminars; provides a home for outstanding visiting scholars to collaborate with faculty and students; and offers support to Graduate Center doctoral students pursuing research as well as to postdoctoral students who have completed their initial projects.

Also affiliated with the institution are four University Center programs: the CUNY Baccalaureate Program, CUNY’s university wide individualized degree, through which undergraduates can earn bachelor’s degrees by taking courses at any of the CUNY colleges; Macaulay Honors College; the CUNY School of Professional Studies and the associated Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies; and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, which offers a master’s degree in journalism.