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Admissions and Aid

We seek the brightest students from the United States and abroad who will bring imagination, creative thinking, and commitment to the researching the arts and understanding their transforming potential. We seek students who value diversity and who will become a scholarly, critical, and supportive community of thinkers, teachers, writers, and arts workers.  We seek students who, through their research practices, creative work and teaching, want to change the world.

How to Apply

Application Deadline

January 1 (Fall Enrollment Only)

Application Requirements

Candidates complete The Graduate Center’s Application for Admission and provide appropriate supplemental materials including transcripts and letters of recommendation. 

A writing sample (15 page maximum) is also required.

Note that the GRE requirement is currently suspended.

Applications are first collected and processed by the Office of Admissions and then reviewed by the Theatre and Performance Program's Admissions and Awards Committee. 

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Visit Us

Although we do not require an interview for admission, it may be helpful for you to speak with faculty and other students as you make your decisions about graduate study. 

The Graduate Center is currently conducting business remotely so in-person visits are not currently available. However, if you would like to speak with the Theatre and Performance Ph.D. Program executive officer as you consider your application, please call 212-817-8870 to set up an appointment. 

The program also hosts an annual prospective student open house during the fall semester.

Tuition and Fees

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 »

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.

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 »


In addition to the institutional five-year funding packages available to all doctoral students at The Graduate Center, the following fellowship opportunities may be of particular interest to students in the Theatre and Performance Ph.D. Program: