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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 data analysis workers. We seek students who, through their research practices, creative work and teaching, want to change the world.

How to Apply

Application Deadline

  • November 1 for Spring Term admissions
  • March 1 for Fall Term admissions

Application Requirements

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

Application Materials

Applicants should have a bachelor‘s degree from an accredited college or university or their equivalents in the US or abroad. In addition, applicants must present evidence of previous coursework or professional experience in one of the following two areas:

  • Programming, quantitative data analysis, and/or web development, as evidenced by:
    • A transcript showing a minimum of 15 credits of undergraduate or graduate coursework in computer science with a B (3.0) or better average; or
    • A graduation certificate from an accredited college or university showing completion of a program or series of courses in programming, data analysis, web development, or app development (graduation certificates from nationally recognized coding academies may also be considered); or
    • A minimum of one year of professional experience in software development, data analysis, web development, app development, or related areas as described in a CV (at least one recommendation letter must speak to this professional experience).‚Äč
  • Design and/or other creative work in visual media, as shown by a portfolio containing samples of the applicant’s creative work in any of the following areas:
    • Graphic design, web design, user experience design, digital art, software art, product design, motion graphics, digital video and film, or related digital media.

Applicants may also submit the following:

  • An academic transcript showing a minimum of 15 credits of undergraduate coursework in computer-assisted design or digital media creation with a B (3.0) or better average;  
  • A graduation certificate from an accredited college or university showing completion of a program or series of courses in design, digital media creation, or web development (graduation certificates from nationally recognized coding academies may also be considered).

Tuition and Fees

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 »

Fellowships and Financial Aid

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 »