Admissions and Aid

Our program is designed for experienced professionals and scholars as well as recent college graduates, and we invite students from a variety of academic backgrounds to apply.

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Admissions Details

Application Deadline:

April 15 for fall enrollment
(no spring enrollment)

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

Applicants to the M.S. in Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for admission:

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the United States, or its equivalent abroad, with a cumulative overall GPA of 3.0 (B average) or higher.
  2. Completion of an introductory statistical methods course at the undergraduate level and preferably a research methods course.
  3. Prior courses in sociology, psychology, educational psychology, or other social science fields beyond the introductory level are expected.
  4. Submit transcripts of all college and graduate work.
  5. Submit two letters of recommendation, preferably from academics.
  6. Submit a personal statement of up to 1,000 words, explaining why you want to obtain this degree and how your interests and academic/professional background are relevant to the degree; applicants are also encouraged to submit writing samples, but this is not required.
  7. Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores* for the verbal, quantitative, and analytical parts of the exam.
  8. Submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores for students who have not earned a degree in an English-speaking country..

*Please note that the GRE requirement is currently suspended.

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

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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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.

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 scholarships, federal and private loans, and federal work-study.

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