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Admissions Overview

Admission to the Ph.D. and M.A. programs in Philosophy is administered through the Graduate Center's Office of Admissions. Please visit their website to apply online


January 1 for Fall Enrollment (Ph.D.)
April 15 for Fall Enrollment (M.A.)


Ph.D. Program
M.A. Program

NOTE: A student's undergraduate preparation should ordinarily include at least 18 credits for approved courses in philosophy for admission to the Ph.D. program, and at least 15 for admission to the M.A. program. The Committee on Admissions may modify these requirements in special cases (e.g. a strong major in a related field).

Fellowships and Financial Aid


Institutional Aid

Every applicant to The Graduate Center’s doctoral programs will automatically be considered for five-year institutional funding packages. The aid we offer — including fellowships, tuition awards, and assistantships — is based on merit. 

Learn more about institutional aid for doctoral students »

Federal Aid

Federal aid for doctoral students includes Federal Work-Study, Federal Direct Loans, and Federal Perkins Loans. New York State provides the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for eligible graduate students who are New York State residents. In all cases, federal and state aid is based solely on financial need.

Learn more about applying for federal aid »

Support for Underrepresented Students

Additional funding may be available to incoming students from underrepresented populations through offerings from the Office of Educational Opportunity and Diversity, including several fellowships and the CUNY Pipeline Program for undergraduate CUNY students.

Learn more about funding opportunities from OEOD »


While The Graduate Center does not currently offer full-tuition scholarships or additional stipends for living expenses, there are funding opportunities available to master’s students that can help cover the cost of attendance, including scholarships, federal and private loans, and federal work-study.

Learn more about financial aid for master’s students »




Tuition rates for doctoral programs at The Graduate Center 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 Registrar) and specific academic accomplishments. 

The fee structure is also affected by a student’s resident status.

See current doctoral tuition rates »


Master’s students at The Graduate Center who are residents of New York State and registered for a minimum of 12 credits per semester will pay a flat fee for tuition. Out-of-state residents and students taking less than 12 credits will be charged on a per-credit basis.

See current master’s tuition rates »


Student Fees

Student Activities Fee

Each student will be billed for a Graduate School student activities fee, a University student senate fee, a University consolidated services fee and a technology fee. These fees are not refundable.


Nonmatriculated Students

Anyone who wishes to enroll in a Philosophy Program course as a nonmatriculated student must have transcripts documenting at least three undergraduate courses in philosophy, with excellent grades.

Prospective applicants who meet this requirement should email the Executive Officer two weeks before the start of classes (and no earlier) to schedule an appointment to complete the necessary forms. Registration is subject to the availability of places in requested courses and the approval of the Executive Officer. There is a $75 application fee. Nonmatriculated students may take only two courses (at the per credit rate), after which they must request entry into the program.

NOTE: Please do not be concerned about the deadline posted in The Graduate Center's academic calendar. Registration for non-matriculated students in the Philosophy program takes place after the deadline in the week before classes begin each term. 

Why Choose The Graduate Center, CUNY

At a time when the job market in many fields is tough to negotiate, the GC offers unusually robust support for your post-PhD career, in keeping with the directions your research interests, skills, and priorities take you. In addition to the support given to you by the faculty in your program, the GC provides workshops, resources, and one-on-one support for a wide range of career-related questions. Involved offices include:

Early Research Initiative
Futures Initiative
GC Digital Initiatives
Office of Career Planning and Professional Development
Teaching & Learning Center
Quantitative Research Consulting Center
Interdisciplinary Research Centers and Institutes
Internships and Collaborative Partnerships

Our career support is provided by staff and faculty who are actively involved in the national conversation on doctoral education and post-PhD careers. The offices and initiatives mentioned above also organize varied programming that supports, challenges, and excites GC graduate students. Recent events and series include:

Recent events and series

We hope you’ll take advantage of these resources from the first day you arrive. Recent analysis of a ten-year cohort of GC alumni revealed that about 68% of our graduates work in education, 4% in government, 8% in non-profit, 14% in the for-profit sector, and 6% are self-employed.  Wherever your studies may take you, we are here to help you get there. 
The Graduate Center fosters an inclusive culture and diversity among its students, faculty, and staff. Click here to learn more: Diversity and Inclusion
For more information, visit the Office of the Provost's website.

Contact Us

Philosophy Program,
The Graduate Center, CUNY

365 Fifth Ave., Rm. 7113
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212-817-8615
Executive Officer: Prof. Nickolas Pappas
Deputy Executive Officer: Prof. John Greenwood
Director of Admissions: Prof. Stephen Neale
Director of Placement: Prof. Miranda Fricker
MA Program Director: Prof. Jonathan Gilmore
Assistant Program Officer: Natile Clarke