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Our program offers a flexible and interdisciplinary program of study related to curriculum and instruction in urban schools and an analysis of broader social, political, and economic aspects of urban education. Students have access to the robust network of intellectual resources that comprise the Graduate Center, enabling students to access a rich selection of elective courses and to work with research faculty in many relevant partner disciplines, including History, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, and Political Science. Working at the Graduate Center, Urban Education doctoral students have the opportunity to gain expertise in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, digital humanities and educational technology, and the natural sciences, when appropriate to their interests.


Four core courses are required of all Urban Education students. These courses emphasize the study of curricula, classrooms, schools, urban communities, and policies in historical and political contexts.  After completion of core courses, students elect to concentrate within one of three specializations: 1) education policy studies and leadership; 2) language, context and culture; and 3) learning sciences.  Faculty advisors ensure that students achieve a high level of interdisciplinary sophistication related to their chosen research topic. View a sample timeline to degree.


The program affords its students unique access to and understanding of the New York City public schools, the nation's largest system of urban public education. The many teacher education and educational outreach programs of the CUNY colleges have long-established relationships with the city's diverse schools and districts. Through research mentoring, internship, and teaching fellowship arrangements for doctoral students at all the participating CUNY colleges, the Ph.D. program works to connect conceptual perspectives with the realities of urban schools and school systems.


The next Open House event will be held on Wednesday November 13th, 2019 at the CUNY Graduate Center:
365 5th Avenue New York, NY
Rooms C 201 - 205, 6 PM - 8:30 PM

Refreshments will be served.

Please Register to Attend at the link below:

 *REMEMBER that all applications are due by January 1st,    
.  Please make sure you have scheduled your GRE's in
   advance to ensure the ADMISSIONS OFFICE receives them
   by the deadline.