About

The CUNY Graduate Center, a leader in public graduate education, is committed to doctoral and master’s education for the public good.

The Graduate Center, CUNY building exterior, Photo Credit: Alex Irklievski

The CUNY Graduate Center, a leader in public graduate education, is committed to doctoral and master’s education for the public good.

What do we mean when we say “public good”? We mean that the research and teaching of Graduate Center faculty and students center on making meaningful contributions beyond the walls of academia. Our location in the heart of New York City provides students with countless opportunities to participate in one of the most vibrant and diverse communities in the world.

Innovative research, rigorous scholarship, and collaborative and interdisciplinary learning define graduate education here, preparing students with the creative, problem-solving expertise necessary to thrive in and beyond the academic experience.

Located in the heart of Manhattan and set within the large and multi-campus City University of New York, the Graduate Center fosters advanced graduate education, original research and scholarship, innovative University-wide programs, and vibrant public events that draw upon and contribute to the complex communities of New York City and beyond.

Through a broad range of nationally prominent doctoral programs, the Graduate Center prepares students to be scholars, teachers, experts, and leaders in the academy; in the arts; and in the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. Committed to CUNY’s historic mission of educating the children of “the whole people,” the Graduate Center provides access to graduate education for diverse groups of highly talented students, including those who have been underrepresented in higher education.

Mission, Vision, and History

Our Defining Pillars

Powerful Education

The Graduate Center has been a trailblazer in graduate education since its founding in 1961. With highly ranked programs across our disciplines, learning here is immersive and agile. Our doctoral and master’s programs inspire students to follow their passions with a deep sense of purpose. Students collaborate with faculty experts to build the knowledge needed to solve critical challenges, advance the public good, and launch meaningful careers in every field imaginable.

Students at the GC Library

Renowned Faculty

The Graduate Center is renowned for our faculty — recipients of the Nobel Prize, Guggenheims, Pulitzers, and other accolades. They are groundbreaking scholars, top researchers in their fields, and bestselling authors. A unique consortium, we are home to a core faculty of approximately 140 teachers and mentors, virtually all senior scholars. The GC also draws on approximately 2,200 faculty members from across the CUNY colleges, as well as from cultural, academic, and scientific institutions throughout New York City and beyond.

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Remarkable Students

Due to our competitively funded doctoral programs, our emphasis on research, and wide-ranging professional training, the Graduate Center is made up of a highly ambitious and diverse student body. About 85 percent of our more than 3,500 students are enrolled in doctoral programs, and a growing number of our students pursue degrees in master's programs, many in unique, cutting-edge disciplines.

Students at orientation

Research for a Better World

Research and the creation of theoretical and applied knowledge stand at the heart of the Graduate Center. Research by our faculty and students has garnered millions of dollars in grants as it advances the public good. Through our Advanced Science Research Center and over 30 research centers and institutes, the GC influences public policy and discourse and shapes innovation.

MRI Lab

Spotlight on the Graduate Center

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New York, New York

As part of the multi-campus City University of New York, the nation’s largest urban university system, the Graduate Center is enriched by our home in the center of Manhattan. Our public programs engage New Yorkers in timely and compelling conversations. Each year, our doctoral students gain unparalleled experience teaching and sharing their research with hundreds of thousands of undergraduates throughout the CUNY system, advancing our public mission.

Living and Learning in NYC
GC flags and Empire State Building in background; Photo Credit: Ron Hester

365 Fifth Avenue

The Graduate Center provides an administrative home for five CUNY schools and one program. We are located at 365 Fifth Avenue, between 34th and 35th streets in the former B. Altman building—a landmark structure redesigned to meet the specific needs of a 21st century institution of advanced learning and to provide public spaces for cultural and conference purposes.

Campus and Location

From Our President

Our historic commitments to diversity, inclusion, and excellence in research, scholarship, and innovation are unwavering.

— Robin Garrell

President's Office
Robin L. Garrell, President

More About the Graduate Center

Official Publications

Review the Graduate Center's official publications:

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Accreditation

The Graduate School and University Center (GSUC) has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

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