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Admissions and Aid

Urban Education students

We receive applications from across the world; this guarantees that one of the central values of the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education is met—diversity. We believe that social and cultural difference is a necessary cornerstone for strong democratic societies and robust intellectual communities.

Prospective students should also visit the Admissions website for program requirements, application instructions, and deadlines.

Application Deadline 

The Ph.D. Program in Urban Education has admissions once a year in the Fall.

This year the deadline to apply is December 15th, 2021 for Fall 2022.

The Open House for this year has passed. More information on the next Open House will be posted in Spring 2022.

Application Requirements

Along with your application you will need:

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • No GRE is required

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 »

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 »


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-Ph.D. 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-Ph.D. 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
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