Admissions and Aid

Thank you for your interest in the Ph.D. Program in Psychology at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

We have ten different training areas, and prospective students may only apply to one area of study at a time within a current admissions cycle. All admitted students must attend full-time. 

Each of the training areas offered by the Ph.D. Program in Psychology handle their own admissions processes. Please contact the relevant Training Area Head or Admissions Chair for additional training area-specific application requirements. A list of contact information is available here.

Prospective students should also visit the Admissions website:

Learn more or apply online

Admissions Overview

Application Deadline
December 1

Application Requirements

GRE is not required.

  • Applicants must chose one training area to apply to. Note: You can only apply for one area of study at a time within a current admissions cycle.

Training Areas:

The application fee is $75. After you have completed the online application form, you will be asked to submit the form for review. A payment page will then appear asking you to select your payment method. You may pay online with a credit card, or by sending in a check by mail.

The application fee is only waived for United States Armed Services Veterans and McNair Scholars. Please contact for more information on receiving the waiver.

Visit The Graduate Center's Office of Admissions for step-by-step directions to apply, including a link to the Online Application Form

Tuition and Fees

Tuition rates for doctoral programs at The Graduate Center are based on a student's “level,” which is determined by a combination of the number of graduate credits completed (including, in the case of transfer students, credits accepted by the student's degree program and the Registrar) and specific academic accomplishments. 

The fee structure is also affected by a student’s resident status.

See current doctoral tuition rates »

Each student will be billed for a Graduate School student activities fee, a University student senate fee, a University consolidated services fee and a technology fee. These fees are not refundable.

Fellowships and Financial Aid

Every applicant to The Graduate Center’s doctoral programs will automatically be considered for five-year institutional funding packages. The aid we offer — including fellowships, tuition awards, and assistantships — is based on merit. 

Learn more about institutional aid for doctoral students »

Federal aid for doctoral students includes:

New York State also provides the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for eligible graduate students who are New York State residents.


In honoring the long-standing mission and the rich legacy of CUNY as a public university that serves the communities of New York, diversity is a core value of the Psychology Program. Our commitment is to promote diversity and support students from historically excluded populations who are currently underrepresented, in ways that reflect the varieties of social histories and experiences of the communities we serve. This commitment is an inherent part of our work intertwined with all aspects of academic pursuits, research, and teaching. In embracing ideals of social justice, equality and access, we are striving to build a community that values diversity across race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, dis/ability, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, geographic location, and religion.

See more information: Office of Educational Opportunity and Diversity, and Office of Compliance and Diversity

Additional funding may be available to incoming students from underrepresented populations through offerings from the Office of Educational Opportunity and Diversity, including several fellowships and the CUNY Pipeline Program for undergraduate CUNY students.

Learn more about funding opportunities from OEOD »