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As a doctoral student at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, you will join a diverse community of scholars, scientists, activists, and artists committed to creating knowledge and driving change.

You will have the opportunity to work with our acclaimed faculty members — thought leaders in their fields who are invested in your success. You, in turn, will have the chance to teach and mentor undergraduate students throughout CUNY.

At the Graduate Center, you will benefit from our outstanding laboratories, world-renown research and artistic centers, and revered community outreach programs.

Whether you are pursuing scholarly interests, seeking in-depth training for a profession in academia, or advancing your career opportunities, your Ph.D. degree from the Graduate Center will empower you to excel.

Graduate Center alumni are top authors, scholars, corporate and nonprofit leaders, activists, entrepreneurs, policy makers, and creators who are eager to open doors for fellow graduates.

Our commitment to graduate education is about more than just supporting new areas of interdisciplinary exploration. It’s about giving students the resources, strengthened by research and outreach partnerships in New York and at CUNY, to thrive in any workplace.

Seize New York City’s cultural, intellectual, and scholarly resources with a doctoral degree from the Graduate Center, CUNY.


Program Highlights:

The GC's graduate programs are among the best and most affordable in the world, with extensive financial aid and grants for our doctoral students.

We offer more than 30 doctoral programs in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences, including:

  • Anthropology
  • Biochemistry
  • Comparative Literature
  • Classics
  • Criminal Justice
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Educational Psychology
  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Theatre

We are also the home of the Advanced Science Research Center, a premier research institute devoted to applied sciences — nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences.


The Graduate Center, CUNY, founded in 1961, is the primary doctorate-granting (Ph.D.) institution of the City University of New York, established in 1847.