Academics

The CUNY Graduate Center provides affordable, quality academics, offering doctoral and master’s programs in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences.

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The CUNY Graduate Center provides affordable, quality academics, offering doctoral and master’s programs in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences.

A leader in graduate education, the CUNY Graduate Center offers students outstanding doctoral and master’s programs in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The Graduate Center combines excellent academics and affordability in the cultural and economic powerhouse of New York. Doctoral and master’s programs provide a rigorous, innovative, and accessible education for the public good, regardless of students’ background or means.

As the principal doctorate-granting institution of The City University of New York, the Graduate Center offers more than 30 doctoral degrees and fosters globally significant research in a wide variety of centers and institutes. Through its extensive public programs—lectures, conferences, performances, and exhibitions—the GC contributes to the intellectual and cultural life of New York City and affirms its commitment to the premise that knowledge is a public good.

Our Programs

Innovative. Distinct. Affordable

An internationally recognized center for advanced studies and a national model for public doctoral education, the Graduate Center offers over 40 programs in a diverse range of subjects.

Doctoral Programs Master's Programs

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Spotlight on the Graduate Center

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Innovative and Interdisciplinary Academics

The Graduate Center’s interdisciplinary approach and programs, such as our Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, foster learning that is both broad and deep. The Graduate Center focuses on new and innovative ways to learn, research, and teach through its GC Digital Initiatives, Futures Initiative, and Center for Teaching and Learning. This year, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded CUNY $10 million to drive change across 25 campuses, develop and expand a range of initiatives related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and bolster our intensified effort to advance social and racial justice. This will support the GC’s efforts to prepare students for diverse careers and encourage them to pursue public scholarship.

Our Programs
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Research-Intensive Curricula

Immersed in a research-focused culture, Graduate Center students conduct original scholarship and work with our renowned faculty and many research centers, including the Advanced Science Research Center, where students have the opportunity to collaborate with top scientists from around the world. We attract top faculty—leading researchers, scholars, and artists—from throughout CUNY, the nation’s largest urban university.

Research News
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Committed to Diversity

As a Graduate Center student, you will join a diverse community of scholars, scientists, activists, and artists committed to creating knowledge and driving change. The Graduate Center is proud to rank among the top 10 universities in awarding doctorates to Hispanic and Latino students. Each year, our students teach 180,000 City University of New York undergraduates, making the Graduate Center essential in CUNY's success at propelling almost six times as many low-income students into the middle class and beyond as all eight Ivy League campuses.

Diversity and Inclusion
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The City Is Your Campus

The Graduate Center is located in the heart of Manhattan and set within the multi-campus City University of New York. We foster advanced graduate education, innovative research and scholarship, and vibrant public events that draw upon and contribute to the complex communities of NYC and beyond.

Living and Learning in NYC

Graduate Center News

Upcoming Graduate Center Events

Monday, May 16 — Tuesday, May 31, 2022

60 Years, Selections from the Graduate Center Art Collection

Part of a year-long celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Graduate Center, the art exhibition features paintings and sculptures by well-known American artists.

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Graduate Center Resources

Official Publications

Review the Graduate Center's official publications:

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