Master's Programs

Master’s Programs Open Houses
Please join the Dean for Master’s Programs, faculty, current students, and the Office of Admissions for our upcoming Open Houses.
The Humanities and Social Sciences Master’s Programs Open House will be on Tuesday, February 11 at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in our Dining Commons. It will feature master’s degrees in Biography and Memoir, Classics, Comparative Literature, Data Analysis and Visualization, Digital Humanities, International Migration Studies, Liberal Studies, Linguistics, Middle Eastern Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Details and RSVP here.  

Meet some of our students:

  • Daisy Reyes, M.S. in Cognitive Neuroscience, is conducting research on how expertise and personality function in esports.
  • Seth Schimmel, M.S. in Data Analysis and Visualization, is providing data support at the Open Society Foundations

And our faculty:

Master's Programs at The Graduate Center, CUNY


The Graduate Center’s master’s degrees span the sciences, humanities, and social sciences,
and often create spaces for collaboration between disciplines, as explained in our open house video:


Our Master’s Programs are


We now have seven new interdisciplinary master's degrees, in Biography and MemoirCognitive Neuroscience, Data Science, Data Analysis and Visualization, Digital Humanities, International Migration Studies, and Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences. In Fall 2020, we will open our newest master's program in Nanoscience. In a rapidly changing world, these master's programs build flexible capacities for critical analysis, knowledge acquisition, and problem solving.

All of our master’s degrees are designed to prepare students for career advancement as well as doctoral education. 


Our master’s programs are embedded in The Graduate Center’s longstanding commitment to research and academic excellence. Graduate Center master’s students take many classes alongside doctoral students. 

Our classes are taught by full-time professors. Master’s students work with our acclaimed faculty on in-depth research and capstone projects. They don’t just receive knowledge, they create it.


Our tuition is affordable, and we schedule courses in the afternoons and evenings to enable students from a range of backgrounds and life situations to pursue their master’s education.


Julie Suk

I am thrilled to welcome you to The Graduate Center’s master’s programs. Our master’s programs embrace students from a broad diversity of backgrounds pursuing a variety of career paths. They embody CUNY’s public mission as an engine of opportunity and a place of social integration.

That’s why I joined The Graduate Center last fall as dean for master’s programs and professor of Sociology.

For over a decade, I was a law professor, having taught at some of the best law schools in the United States.

I immigrated to New York from Seoul, Korea, at the age of four and grew up in Queens. I studied English and French literature as an undergraduate and then moved to England to pursue master’s and doctoral degrees in politics. When I returned to the United States, I went to law school and subsequently began my career clerking for a federal judge in Washington, D.C., before returning to academia.

My love of crossing national, disciplinary, and professional boundaries drew me to The Graduate Center where master’s programs are building bridges across all these boundaries in exciting new ways. This year, I will be focused on fostering the intellectual and professional development of the master’s community. Together, we can transform the landscape of knowledge in the public interest, within and beyond the university.

Listen to Dr. Suk discuss master's programs at The Graduate Center in an excerpt from The Thought Project podcast. 
Julie Suk
Dean for Master's Programs and Professor of Sociology