For Current Graduate Center Students

Doctoral and master’s students at the Graduate Center are eligible for the program. Please complete the registration form below.

For External Applicants

Applicants to the Certificate Program in Film Studies who are not already enrolled in a doctoral or masters’ program at The Graduate Center must apply for admission. Requirements for admission are as follows:


Fall Enrollment: Application due April 15
We only accept applications for fall enrollment


In order to be eligible for admission, applicants must have completed an M.A. or M.F.A. from an accredited college or university or its international equivalent. Successful applicants generally have a cumulative overall GPA of 3.0 (B average) or higher.

GRE scores are not required.

Applicants who do not have a post-secondary degree from an institution in which the language of instruction is English-only and located in a country that recognizes English as an Official Language must have taken either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).


Applicants must submit the following materials:

  • A $75 non-refundable application fee: The application fee is waived for United States Armed Services Veterans, and McNair Scholars.
  • A completed online application form: Prospective students must submit an application form through the Graduate Center's online application system. Please note: If you are unable to find the Film Studies program listed alphabetically on the Application Information page, scroll to the bottom of the program dropdown menu.
  • Higher Education transcripts: Unofficial transcripts must be uploaded from each college or university attended even if you did not complete a degree or did not enroll in courses in your current field. Official transcripts must be submitted upon acceptance.
  • Resume or CV
  • Applicant Statement: please upload a personal statement of no more than 2,000 words. The statement describes the applicant’s academic and professional background, relationship to film and media studies, and the applicant’s goals in seeking the Standalone Certificate.
  • Three references: Please provide the email address and contact information of at least three academic or professional references who can appraise your academic or professional achievement and promise. Letters are not required.

    Select <No> for the question “Will this provider be submitting the letter of recommendation online?” This ensures that we will receive contact info for your recommenders, but they won’t be sent a letter request.
  • Unofficial TOEFL or IELTS scores to fulfill the English Language Proficiency prerequisite, if applicable.

For matriculated GC students

Registration Form

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