Application Instructions & Forms


Application Instructions & Forms

Instructions for Applying

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Prior to applying to the Graduate Center you are strongly encouraged to visit and read the homepage of the program to which you are applying. 

Although you may be interested in two programs, you may apply to only one program. The Application Deadline Chart summarizes the requirements and deadlines for each program.

Review Deadlines

All Graduate Center program deadlines are firm, so it is advisable to apply early. The online application form must be completed in its entirety and submitted electronically prior to midnight Eastern Standard Time of the day listed in the program deadline chart. All supporting documents must be uploaded to our online application system prior to published deadline. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all materials are uploaded or delivered by the appropriate deadline (including the standardized test scores delivered by ETS and online letters of recommendation.)  

Complete Online Application Form

All prospective students must submit an application form through the Graduate Center's ApplyYourself online application system.  Please use an email address that will not expire before your desired term of entry, as it will be used for correspondance from the Office of Admissions.  


Transcripts must be submitted from each college or university attended even if you did not complete a degree or did not enroll in courses in your current field.  Applicants are required to upload scanned/electronic copies of all their transcripts to the online application.  All international documents that are not issued in English must also be accompanied by certified English translations. If an applicant is offered admissions and decides to attend the Graduate Center, the applicant will then be required to provide unopened, official hard copies of all transcripts which will be compared to the unofficial uploads.  In the event of discrepancies or false reporting of any information, the Graduate Center reserves the right to change/withdraw its offer of admission to the applicant.

Letters of Recommendation

You will need to obtain the email address and contact information for at least two professors who can appraise your academic achievement and promise. When you complete your online application, you will be asked for the email address of each recommender and our application system will send an email directly to each recommender. Please notify the individuals from whom you request references that they must submit the recommendation online. If it has been more than five years since you were last enrolled in college or graduate school, you may choose to request letters in addition to your two required academic evaluations. These letters should be from professional acquaintances and others who can vouch for your ability to pursue graduate study. Professional references may be substituted for academic references only if you are applying to the Doctoral Program in Social Welfare.

Graduate Record Examination

All doctoral* applicants to the Graduate Center must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test and, where requested, the Subject Test in the area of intended study. The Graduate Center does not set a minimum GRE score for any of the programs. The scores are evaluated in a context of other measures of academic performance. For information, call 1-800-GRE-CALL or visit Official scores must be reported to The Graduate Center—College Code 2113. If this code is not used, scores will not reach us. Test scores should not be sent to individual program offices.
Note: In addition to the General Test, the GRE Subject Test is required for English, and Clinical Psychology. The GRE Subject Test is recommended for all other Psychology training areas.
*The GRE is not required for applicants to the Doctor of Social Welfare Program, and the Liberal Studies Program. The GRE is optional for the Journalism Program and
the Middle Eastern Studies Program.
*A professional writing sample is required for the Doctor of Social Welfare program.

*The GMAT may be submitted in lieu of the GRE for applicants to the PhD in Business. 

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

Applicants for the Ph.D. Program in Business may take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) in lieu of the GRE. For information, call 1-866-505-6559 or visit Official scores for GMAT should be reported to The Graduate Center—College Code XWT-S7-47. If this code is not used, scores will not reach us.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

International students must present authoritative evidence of sufficient competence in the English language to pursue a regular course of study at the City University of New York. It is required that applicants who have not studied and earned a degree in the US, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand or Australia must take the either the International English language test system (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), administered internationally by Educational Testing Service and sent directly to the Graduate Center–College Code 2113.

Inquiries concerning these examinations may be made to Test of English as a Foreign Language, Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, U.S.A., or to most American embassies and consulates in cities outside the United States. For additional information, call 1-800-GO-TOEFL or visit Or

International Students

If you will be applying for a nonimmigrant F-1 or J-1 visa for entry into the United States or if you are already in the United States in F-1 or J-1 student status, you must complete the Request for Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019) and Declaration & Certification of Finances for International Students. United States government regulations require documentary evidence of financial support for the duration of a proposed course of study prior to the issuance of the Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 or DS-2019). This documentation may also be requested by United States consular officials upon application for an entry visa by U.S. immigration inspectors at ports of entry into the United States or by immigration inspectors when applications are made for extension of stay or change of status in the United States. Submit original documents in support of this application and prepare an additional set of original documents for support of visa applications. Please read more information about applying as an international student.

Financial Assistance

The Graduate Center will automatically consider you for financial aid as long as you have applied for admission before the appropriate deadline.

Immunization Requirements

Medical Record Requirements — New York State law requires all students to complete a Meningococcal Meningitis Response Form prior to registration. In addition, New York State law requires all students born on or after January 1, 1957, to be immunized against measles, mumps, and rubella. Registration will not be permitted if a student does not comply with state medical record regulations. Specific questions should be directed to the Wellness Center at 1.212.817.7020; Fax: 1.212.817.1602; email:; Website

Statement of Nondiscrimination: Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Regulations

The Graduate Center is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, alienage or citizenship, or veteran or marital status in its student admissions, employment, access to programs, and administration of educational policies. In accordance with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972 and the implementing federal regulations, the Graduate Center maintains a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of gender in the operation of its educational programs and activities. Inquiries concerning Affirmative Action may be directed to the Affirmative Action Officer (Telephone: 1.212.817.7410); and inquiries concerning Title IX may be directed to the Vice President for Student Affairs (Telephone: 1.212.817.7400).

Submit Application and Pay Application Fee (Waived for CUNY Graduates)

In order to officially submit the application, you must click submit, pay the application fee, and electronically sign the application. The Graduate Center has a nonrefundable $125 application fee. The application fee is now waived for CUNY graduates with a bachelor's or master's degree.

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Credit card payments will be accepted online. Checks and money order payments must be made payable to the Graduate Center. Cash will not be accepted by mail. Please note that no action will be taken on your application until payment is received. The City University of New York implements a 2.65% service fee on all credit card transactions.

Once you submit your application, you will be able to track your application materials on you Next Step Checklist.  Please note, it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure the Office of Admissions receives all required materials by the application deadline.  Under no circumstances will any application materials submitted to the Office of Admissions be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another college, university, or place of business. All records submitted in support of an application for admission become part of the property of the Graduate Center.  


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