All students are required to be in status each term. This means that students must either be registered or be on an approved Leave of Absence. Individuals who are not in status will be considered withdrawn from The Graduate Center. Registration information is emailed to students prior to the start of each term. It is expected that all registrations be completed by the end of the registration period.
For information regarding registration and academic record keeping, students should consult the Academic Policies and Procedures. In addition, the Student Handbook supplements information in the Bulletin of The Graduate Center with useful information about opportunities and services for students.
If you are a continuing student needing to reset your PIN, you can reset your PIN ONLINE. After you answer your challenge questions, you will be able to establish a New PIN (your new PIN must be 6 digits). If you do not remember your challenge question answers then you may contact the Office of the Registrar in person or via email to reset your PIN. The PIN will be reset back to your date of birth (MMDDYY). You must use your GC or other CUNY email account in your communication.
If you are a new student and you are accessing Self Service Banner for the very first time, your initial PIN is your birthday in (MMDDYY) format (6 digits). For example, if your birthday is January 1, 1988. Your initial PIN would be 010188. The purpose of the initial PIN number is to allow you to set up a login PIN number and challenge questions in case you forget the PIN you set. Be advised that the initial PIN expires as soon as you use it and reset it to a login PIN.
If you still have Self Service Banner (SSB) login issues, please contact the Office of the Registrar at (212) 817-7500 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration materials are emailed to current students prior to the start of each term. All students should review the academic calendar for the registration dates. The latest course offerings are posted on the Dynamic Schedule. All student registrations are done online via Self Service Banner (SSB). Students delinquent in their financial accounts or obligations to the library or with respect to any equipment loans from Information Resources will not be permitted to register.
All students are required to be in status each term. This means that student must either be registered or be on an approved leave of absence. Individuals who are not in status will be considered withdrawn from the Graduate Center.
Full payment of tuition and fees is due by the first day of classes. Make checks payable to CUNY Graduate Center. Payment may also be made by credit card (MasterCard/Amex/Discover) and electronic checks on the Web. Checks, cash, and money order payments may be made in person at the Bursar’s Office.
Employee Tuition Waiver
Employees eligible for a CUNY Employee Tuition Waiver must submit their original Tuition Waiver Form to the Bursar’s Office no later than November 1 for the fall term and no later than May 1 for the spring term. Once the Bursar's Office has settled your bill you will be provided with that semester's sticker. You must then take the original Tuition Waiver Form to the Office of the Registrar for final processing. Employees are still liable to pay the Student Activities Fee, University Consolidated Services Fee and the Techology Fee; these fees are not refundable.
Matriculated students may audit courses in which they have an interest so that they can increase their knowledge and proficiency.
During the first three weeks of the each term, students have the option of adding or swapping courses to their initial program as well as dropping courses. This process can be done via Self Service Banner (SSB). A change of program fee will be assessed for any program changes made during the first three weeks of classes. After the third week of the term, if a student elects to withdraw from a course, a Course Withdrawal Form must be submitted in-person to the Office of the Registrar prior to the course withdrawal deadline. A grade of “W” will be assigned and the student remains liable for tuition.
After the third week of the term, if a student elects to withdraw from a course, a Course Withdrawal Form must be submitted in-person to the Office of the Registrar prior to the course withdrawal deadline. A grade of “W” will be assigned and the student remains liable for tuition. Current students if applicable should refer to the Student Handbook for the special provisions for students in the military.
Student submit the Transcript Request Form to the Office of the Registrar for processing. The transcript fee is $7.00 USD per transcript with the exception of transcripts that are sent directly to CUNY Colleges which are free of charge. The transcript fee is payable by cash in person at the Bursar's Office, personal check, money order, or online payment. Transcript requests are generally processed within 2-4 business days.
A transcript will not be sent if the student has any holds on record (i.e. Bursar, Library, Financial Aid, etc.) The hold must be cleared before any transcript can be sent. Student may check the status of their transcript request by logging into their Self Service Banner account.
Checks or money orders are to be made payable to GSUC/CUNY.
Students using the non-instructional fee onoine payment method must attach their Bursar payment receipt along with the transcript request form.
Change of addresses can be submitted two ways.
1. Martriculated students may submit their change of address online through Self-Service Banner.
2. Submit a written request to the Office of the Registrar by using the downloadable Change of Address Form.
In addition, students changing their address should also inform their Program, Payroll Office (if you are paid by the Graduate Center), Student Affairs (if you receive NYSHIP), or International Student Office (if applicable).
The Change of Address does not impact a student’s residency status if the student is already an out-of-state status student. Students requesting a change of residency status must file a City University Residence Evaluation Application along with sufficient supporting documentation with the Office of the Registrar no later than the end of the third week of classes of the term for which the change is to be effective.
The Change of Name Form is available online or in the Office of the Registrar. If submitting in person, students must bring along original supporting documentation such as (Birth Certificate, Court Order, Divorce Degcree, Marriage Certificate, Naturalization, or Government Issued Photo ID) for inspection.
Commencement is held annually in May and graduation invitations are mailed to all eligible graduates in April. Diplomas are issued to the graduates at the commencement ceremony. Graduates not participating in the Commencement ceremony may pick up their diplomas two business days after the commencement in Room 9113.
Graduates who are unable to pick up their diplomas in-person should contact the Office of Special Events and Event Planning at (212) 817-7150 for diploma delivery information.
In the event the original diploma has been lost or destroyed, a new diploma will be issued as a duplicate and will bear a notation to that effect. The duplicate diploma fee is $30.00 USD payable online or in-person at the Bursar's Office. Please send a written request and include a copy of the duplicate degree payment receipt to the Office of Special Events and Event Planning for processing.
Office of Special Events
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Doctoral tuition charges are based on a student's "Level," which is determined by a combination of the number of graduate credits completed (including, in the case of transfer students, credits accepted by the student's degree program and the Office of the Registrar) and specific academic accomplishments. These levels are defined by Level I, Level II, and Level III.
Petition for a Change of Level
Students are responsible for ascertaining that their tuition level has been properly established. Students questioning their level for billing purposes must petition the Office of the Registrar and the Vice President for Student Affairs in writing by the end of the third week of the term in question. Unless a written petition is filed with the Registrar by the deadline and the Vice President for Student Affairs is notified in writing of the pending petition, no retroactive changes in level can be made.
Students use Banner (SSB) to register for courses during the registration period. Some courses may be limited to specific major, pre-requisite restrictions or permission required from the instructor. For courses with instructor permission requirement, students should contact the Department for an overide.
Registration information for degree students.
Registration information for current students who are non-degree.
Registration information for students who are on Permit to another CUNY.
Registration information for students who wish to cross register with one of the schools in The Inter-University Doctoral Consortium (IUDC). The IUDC is open to doctoral students from participating schools who have completed at least one year of full-time study (or equivalent) toward the Ph.D. Please be advised that Terminal Masters students and Non-Arts and Sciences students are not eligible.
The participating schools are:
Columbia University, GSAS
Fordham University, GSAS
New School for Social Research
New York University, GSAS
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Stony Brook University
Teachers College, Columbia University
The Graduate Center, The City University of New York
Current students may request an enrollment verification letter via email or in-person at the Office of the Registrar. There is no fee for the enrollment verification letter. Students using the email method may submit the request to email@example.com by using their student email account. Students who wish to have someone else pick up the enrollment verification letter for them must provide a written authorization to that person. The enrollment verification letter cannot be released if the student has outstanding obligations or holds (i.e. Bursar, Financial Aid, Library, etc.) on record. A photo ID is required when picking up the enrollment verification letter.
Please refer to The Graduate Center Bulletin for the grading system and the requirements to maintain satisfactory academic progress. Additional information on How to Calculate your GPA.
Grade Definitions at The Graduate Center
Incomplete Grade Policy
Please refer to The Graduate Center Bulletin for the degree requirements for the Master of Arts and the degree requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy.
Advancement to Candidacy
Awarding of Degrees
Time Limit for Degree
Leave of Absence will be granted to students deemed to be in good academic standing who wish to interrupt their doctoral study. A student returning from an approved leave of absence must complete an Application for Readmission before the start of the term.
Readmission following a withdrawal is at the discretion of the student's program. A special Application for Readmission must be filed in the Office of the Registrar before the readmission deadline.
Written notice of voluntary withdrawal from a doctoral program must be approved by the appropriate Executive Officer, forwarded to the Office of the Registrar, and clear by the Office of Financial Aid and International Students (if applicable), as well as the library, the Bursar, and the Business Office. Such notice must be submitted prior to the end of the third week of classes of a given semester to avoid full tuition liability for that semester. To resume doctoral study, a former student must submit a readmission application to the Office of the Registrar. Readmission following a withdrawal is at the discretion of the student's program.
Students who have not been granted a leave of absence or who have not registered by the first week of a given semester will be withdrawn automatically from The Graduate Center.
Refunds for Withdrawal and Leave of Absence
Each student registration, once classes have begun and regardless of whether or not the student has paid tuition at the point of registration, constituts a financial obligation to the State of New York that cannot be rescinded. Any leave of absence or withdrawal from an academic progam or individual courses must be requested by the student in writing. All students who are administratively withdrawn from classes will receive a grade of "WA" and are fully tuition liable. Withdrawal requests submitted after classes have begun but before the deadline for program changes will entitle the student to a partial adjustments in tuition, according to the CIty University's established remission policies.
For the purposes of determining tuition charges, a student is considered a resident of the State of New York if he or she has his or her principal place of abode in the State of New York for a period of at least twelve consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for Tuition and Fees the semester with respect to which the residency determination is made, states his or her intention to permanently live and maintain his or her principal place of abode in New York State, and is not in the United States on any temporary visa.
Petition for a Change of Residency
All students requesting a change of residency status must submit a "City University Residence" form to the Office of the Registrar along with sufficient supporting documentation no later than the end of the third week of classes of the semester for which the change is to be effective. Unless a written petition is filed with the Registrar by the deadline and the Vice President for Student Affairs is notified in writing of the pending petition, no retroactive changes in residency can be made.
Please refer to The Graduate Center Bulletin for the transfer of credit policy.
Transfer of Academic Credits