Application Deadlines and Requirements

Each program at the Graduate Center determines its own requirements for admission. Use the list below to confirm deadlines for fall and spring enrollment, standardized testing requirements (international students may have to take the TOEFL iBT or IELTS), and any additional requirements your intended program may have set. Note that all deadlines are 11:59PM EST on the date listed.

Master's and Doctoral Programs  Certificate Programs

The majority of Graduate Center programs (including all of our Ph.D. programs) only accept students in the fall semester. The master’s programs in Data Analysis and VisualizationData ScienceDigital HumanitiesLiberal Studies, Linguistics (Computational)Middle Eastern Studies, and Nanoscience are the only programs to accept applications for the spring semester.

Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on GRE testing, most Graduate Center programs are suspending their GRE requirements for 2022 applications (both fall 2022 and, where applicable, spring 2022 applications).

The following programs will not suspend their regular GRE requirements for 2022:

  • Biochemistry (optional)
  • Business
  • Chemistry (optional)
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Mathematics (General GRE is required; however, the Subject Test requirement is suspended)

All other programs that usually require GRE scores will be suspending them. Each program’s admissions committee may request additional writing samples or interviews as an alternative means of assessing your qualifications. If you have already taken the exam, you may upload your scores as usual.

TOEFL iBT and IELTS requirements are not suspended.

Application Deadlines and Requirements - Master's and Doctoral Programs

Please visit the website for your program of interest for further detailed requirements and information on the application review process.

Deadline for Fall Enrollment

Archaeology, Cultural, or Linguistic: December 1
Biological Anthro: December 15

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

No

Additional Requirements

Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology applicants are required to include a writing sample (30 pages maximum) and CV including all post-secondary degrees, degree date, and GPAs (both cumulative and in your major).

Biological Anthropology applicants must complete and send in the NYCEP tracking form in addition to the Graduate Center online application form. 

Anthropology Program 

Deadline for Fall Enrollment 

January 1

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

Suspended

Additional Requirements

Writing sample required (15 pages maximum) as well as three letters of recommendation.

Art History Program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment 

May 15

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

Suspended

Additional Requirements

See program page for applicant statement prompt.
Three letters of recommendation required. Please forward specific questions listed on the program page to your recommenders. 

 Astrophysics Program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment  

February 1

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

Suspended

Additional Requirements

Au.D. offered

Audiology Program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment 

January 1

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

Optional

Biochemistry Program 

Deadline for Fall Enrollment

April 15

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

Optional

Additional Requirements

A CV/resume and writing sample are required. The writing sample should consist of an essay or research paper of no more than 2,000 words.   

 Biography and Memoir Program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment

Neuroscience: December 1
All others: January 1

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

No

Additional Requirements

Applicants wishing to work with mentors based at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) must also apply to the Collaborative Ph.D. Program at AMNH by December 15.

Biology Program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment  

January 15
(Please note this is a joint degree with Baruch College)

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

GRE or GMAT 

Additional Requirements

Writing sample required (15 pages maximum).

Business Program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment 

January 1

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

No

Additional Requirements

GRE Subject Test: optional

Chemistry Program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment 

PhD - January 1

MA - April 15

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

Suspended

Additional Requirements

Writing sample required. 

Classics Program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment

April 15

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

No

Cognitive Neuroscience Program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment

January 1

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

No

Additional Requirements

CV and 10-page writing sample are required.

Comparative Literature Program 

Deadline for Fall Enrollment

December 15

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

Yes

Computer Science Program 

Deadline for Fall Enrollment 

January 1

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

Suspended

Additional Requirements

Writing sample required (25 page maximum).

Criminal Justice program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment

May 1

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

November 1

GRE General Requirement

Optional

Additional Requirements

A CV is required.

Data Analysis and Visualization Program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment

Extended to July 1

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

November 1

GRE General Requirement

Suspended

Data Science Program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment

May 1

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

November 1

GRE General Requirement

No

Digital Humanities Program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment

December 15

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

Suspended

Additional Requirement

A writing sample is required.

Earth and Environmental Sciences Program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment 

January 1

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

Yes

Additional Requirements

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Economics Program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment 

December 15

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

Suspended

Educational Psychology Program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment

January 1

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

No

Additional Requirements

Writing sample (5,000 words maximum), CV, and applicant statement (1,000 words maximum) are required.

English Program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment

January 1

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

No

Additional Requirements

Writing sample (one sample for applicants with B.A.s, two samples or M.A. thesis for applicants with M.A.s) and current CV required.

French Program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment

January 1

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

Suspended

Additional Requirements

Writing sample required (15 page maximum).

History Program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment 

April 15

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

No

Additional Requirements 

Submit a sample or samples of writing (in English) of no more than 20 pages in total (e.g. term paper, essay, published academic or journalistic article, report, op-eds, blog posts).
The two required letters of recommendation should be from people who can speak to your strengths and preparedness for graduate study (e.g. professors/academics, supervisors, colleagues).

International Migration Studies Program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment

January 1

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

No

Additional Requirements

Current CV and writing sample (between 4,000 and 7,000 words), which can be written in English, Portuguese, or Spanish.

Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures Program 

Deadline for Fall Enrollment

Extended to July 1

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

November 1

GRE General Requirement

No

Additional Requirements

A five-page writing sample (guidelines) is required. Alternatively you may submit a recent academic paper.

Liberal Studies Program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment

December 5

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

No

Linguistics Program 

Deadline for Fall Enrollment

January 1

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

Suspended

Additional Requirements

GRE Subject Test: suspended

Mathematics Program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment

April 15

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

November 1

GRE General Requirement

Suspended

Additional Requirements

Writing sample required (five to 10 pages).  

Middle Eastern Studies Program Website 

Deadline for Fall Enrollment

Music Performance: December 1
All others: December 15

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

Suspended

Additional Requirements

Applicants should check the music page before applying.

Music Program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment

April 15

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

December 15

GRE General Requirement

Suspended

Nanoscience Program

The doctoral program in Neuroscience is administered by the CUNY Neuroscience Collaborative (CNC) and awards a Ph.D. in  either Biology or Psychology.

Deadline for Fall Enrollment

December 1

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

Suspended

Additional Requirements

To apply to the Neuroscience Collaborative, you must select either the Biology or the Psychology program in the online application, then select the Neuroscience track.

Neuroscience Program (CNC)

The Ph.D. program in Nursing is not currently accepting new applicants.

Nursing Program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment 

Ph.D.: January 1
M.A.: April 15

Spring Enrollment Date

N/A

GRE General Requirement

Suspended

Additional Requirements

Three letters of recommendation are required.

Philosophy Program 

Deadline for Fall Enrollment 

January 10

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

Optional

Additional Requirements

General and Subject GRE tests are strongly recommended

Physics Program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment 

Ph.D.: December 15

M.A.: December 15 Priority & April 15 Final

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

Suspended

Additional Requirements

Writing sample required.
Program financial awards are for Ph.D. students only.

Political Science Program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment

December 1 
 

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General requirement

No

Additional Requirements

A CV is required. The GRE Subject Test requirement is suspended. See below if you are interested in NYSED-approved licensed health professions programs.**

Psychology Program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment 

April 15

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

Suspended

Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences Program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment 

January 1

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

No

Additional Requirements

Applicants must have a master's degree in social work or a similar field and at least three years of work experience in the area of human services. A current CV must be submitted. Guidance about writing samples and additional requirements are described on the program's website. 

 Social Welfare Program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment 
with Financial Aid

December 15

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

Suspended

Additional Requirements

Writing sample required (30 page maximum).

Sociology Program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment

January 1

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

No

Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences Program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment 
with Financial Aid

January 1

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

Suspended

Additional Requirements

Writing sample required (15 page maximum).

Theatre and Performance Program Website 

Deadline for Fall Enrollment 
with Financial Aid

December 15

Spring Enrollment Date

N/A

GRE General Requirement

No

Urban Education Program

Deadline for Fall Enrollment

Priority deadline: January 15
Final deadline: April 15

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

No

Additional Requirements

Writing sample required (10-15 pages).

Women's and Gender Studies Program 


**NYSED-Approved Licensed Health Professions Programs

To be admitted or advance into a NYSED-approved licensed health professions program in fall 2020 and beyond, students must provide documentation for one of the categories listed here. Namely, applicants may demonstrate eligibility through documents that verify that they: 1) are U.S. citizens, 2) have legal permanent resident status, or 3) are in another eligible category set forth in the policy, generally through presentation of an employment authorization document. This document from U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services is useful: List of Documents that Establish Identity and Employment Authorization.


Application Deadlines and Requirements - Certificate Programs

Deadline for Fall Enrollment

April 15

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

Extended to December 1

GRE General Requirement

No

Additional Requirements

N/A

Data Science Advanced Certificate Program Page

Deadline for Fall Enrollment

April 15

Deadline for Spring Enrollment

N/A

GRE General Requirement

No

Additional Requirements

Applicants should check the ITP program page before applying.

Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Program Website 

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