Survey Research

The Doctoral Student Experience Survey (DSES) and Master’s Student Experience Survey (MSES) are administered regularly in alternating years in order to obtain information about the experience and satisfaction of students at the Graduate Center. The surveys’ primary purpose is to inform administrative and academic decisions at the Graduate Center, as well as the Graduate Center’s accreditation and strategic plan for institutional improvement. In addition, data from the survey are used for research on factors related to student persistence and completion. Modeled partially on the Undergraduate Student Experience Survey administered biennially by CUNY campuses, the DSES and MSES are designed to capture the details of the student experience at the Graduate Center, in areas such as program climate, funding, work-life balance, advising, professional development, and overall satisfaction, among others.

The following information is available to the GC Community: 

DSES Fall 2016 DSES Fall 2016
MSES Spring 2015 MSES Spring 2015
MSES Spring 2017 MSES Spring 2017

The Doctoral and Master’s Student Exit Surveys are completed by all Graduate Center students when they deposit their dissertation, thesis or capstone project. The Exit surveys collect information on students’ post-graduation employment plans, and data are merged with other information in our Alumni Tracking Database which is used for research and reporting on alumni employment.

Doctoral Exit Survey 2017 Doctoral Exit Survey 2017
Master's Exit Survey 2017  Master's Exit Survey 2017

The Graduate Center also participates in several external surveys and data collection efforts:

The CUNY Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA) completes required reports on behalf of the Graduate Center for the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the New York State Education Department, and other mandated data collection programs.