Admissions and Aid

Admissions Requirements

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

In addition to the application materials, MALS requires an applicant statement explaining your interest in the program and why you believe it is a good fit. Please be specific about your academic interests and what you would like to study. The preferred length for the applicant statements is 1000 words.

Applicants must also submit a writing sample (guidelines available here).

If you are an international student, review the International Students page.

Time to Degree

All requirements for the degree must be completed no later than four years after matriculation.

Courses are offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Students who take two classes per fall and spring semester can expect to complete the 30-credit degree in two and a half years.

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.

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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 Dean’s Merit Scholarships, federal and private loans, and federal work-study.

Learn more about financial aid for master’s students »