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Thank you for your interest in the Graduate Center, CUNY. Our admission pages are designed to help you easily navigate the application process. Please follow the steps below to apply for admission to the Graduate Center.


Review program information, requirements, and application deadlines.

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If you have not already done so, you are strongly encouraged to visit and review the website of the program to which you are applying in order to understand how the program is organized, what is needed to earn your degree, and other applicable information specific to the program. Websites for doctoral programs can be found here; master's programs can be found here.

Applicants must complete the admissions prerequisites specified by the program, submit evidence that he or she shows promise of ability to carry out research, and be approved by the admissions committee of the program in which he or she intends to specialize.

Although you may be interested in two programs, you may apply to only one program. The Program Application Deadlines and Requirements page summarizes the general requirements, deadlines, and prerequisites for each program.

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Review general application requirements and general degree requirements.

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To receive a degree from the Graduate Center, students must meet general degree requirements as outlined in the GC Bulletin - Degree Requirements.

Scholastic Requirement
All programs require that you have earned an acceptable bachelor’s from an accredited institution whose requirements for the particular degree are substantially equivalent to those of The City University of New York.

Transfer of Credits
A maximum of 30 acceptable graduate credits taken prior to admission to the doctoral program at the City University may be applied toward the degree provided the courses were completed with a grade of B or higher within an appropriate period preceding the time of application and are equivalent to comparable courses at the City University. In the case of master’s programs, a total of 12 credits may be approved for transfer. Exceptions to the above regulations may be considered under special circumstances. An evaluation of previously earned credits may be made before the end of the student’s first year in residence by the student’s program.


Gather your application materials.

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The following materials must be included in your application:

Online Application
All prospective students must submit an application form through the Graduate Center's ApplyYourself online application system. Please use an email address that will not expire before your desired term of entry, as it will be used for correspondance from the Office of Admissions.

Transcripts must be submitted from each college or university attended even if you did not complete a degree or did not enroll in courses in your current field.  Applicants are required to upload scanned/electronic copies of all their transcripts to the online application. If an applicant is offered admissions and decides to attend the Graduate Center, the applicant will then be required to provide unopened, official hard copies of all transcripts which will be compared to the unofficial uploads. In the event of discrepancies or false reporting of any information, the Graduate Center reserves the right to change/withdraw its offer of admission to the applicant.

Letters of Recommendation
The email address and contact information for at least two professors who can appraise your academic achievement and promise must be provided*. When you complete your online application, you will be asked for the email address of each recommender and our application system will send an email directly to each recommender. Please notify the individuals from whom you request references that they must submit the recommendation online. If it has been more than five years since you were last enrolled in college or graduate school, you may choose to request letters in addition to your two required academic evaluations. These letters should be from professional acquaintances and others who can vouch for your ability to pursue graduate study.

* Professional references may be substituted for academic references if you are applying to the Doctoral Program in Social Welfare.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Score
All doctoral applicants to the Graduate Center must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test* and, where requested, the Subject Test in the area of intended study. The Graduate Center does not set a minimum GRE score for any of the programs. The scores are evaluated in a context of other measures of academic performance. For information, call 1-800-GRE-CALL or visit Official scores must be reported to The Graduate Center—College Code 2113. Test scores should not be sent to individual program offices.

Note: In addition to the General Test, the GRE Subject Test is required for English, and Clinical Psychology. The GRE Subject Test is recommended for all other Psychology training areas.

* The GRE is not required for applicants to the Doctoral Program in Social Welfare, and the M.A. in Liberal Studies Program. The GRE is optional for the Journalism Program and the Middle Eastern Studies Program.

* The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) may be submitted in lieu of the GRE for applicants to the PhD in Business. For information, call 1-866-505-6559 or visit Official scores for GMAT should be reported to The Graduate Center—College Code XWT-S7-47.

English as a Foreign Language
An applicant must submit scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) unless they 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.

The TOEFL is administered internationally by Educational Testing Service; applicants must request ETS to report examination results directly to Admissions, The Graduate Center–College Code 2113, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10016. The IELTS is administered by Cambridge English Language Assessment. 


Submit your application, supplemental material, and application fee.

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In order to officially submit the application, you must click "Submit" on your online application, pay the application fee, and electronically sign the application. The Graduate Center has a nonrefundable $125 application fee. The application fee is now waived for CUNY graduates with a bachelor's or master's degree.

Credit card payments will be accepted online. Checks and money order payments must be made payable to the Graduate Center. Cash will not be accepted by mail. Please note that no action will be taken on your application until payment is received. The City University of New York implements a 2.65% service fee on all credit card transactions.

All program deadlines are firm. Applications must be completed in its entirety (along with all supporting documents) prior to midnight Eastern Standard Time of the deadline day.


Track your application and review Financial Aid information.

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Once you submit your application, you will be able to track your application materials on your Next Step Checklist in the ApplyYourself online system.  Please note, it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure the Office of Admissions receives all required materials by the application deadline. Under no circumstances will any application materials submitted to the Office of Admissions be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another college, university, or place of business. All records submitted in support of an application for admission become part of the property of the Graduate Center.

The Graduate Center will automatically consider you for financial aid as long as you have applied for admission before the appropriate deadline. You can review Financial Aid information on the Office of Financial Aid website.


Further steps (if accepted).

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Review your acceptance letter and financial assistance information. Contact Admissions, Financial Aid, or your program if you have any further questions about your acceptance.

Admitted students will be sent registration materials approximately 3 to 4 weeks prior to registration.

Note that New York State law requires all students to complete a Meningococcal Meningitis Response Form prior to registration. In addition, New York State law requires all students born on or after January 1, 1957, to be immunized against measles, mumps, and rubella. Registration will not be permitted if a student does not comply with state medical record regulations. Specific questions should be directed to the Wellness Center at Phone: (212) 817-7020; Fax: (212) 817-1602; Email:; Website.

International students must follow the steps outlined on this page and review the International Students page for additional requirements and assistance.

Statement of Nondiscrimination: Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Regulations
The Graduate Center is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, alienage or citizenship, or veteran or marital status in its student admissions, employment, access to programs, and administration of educational policies. In accordance with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972 and the implementing federal regulations, the Graduate Center maintains a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of gender in the operation of its educational programs and activities. Inquiries concerning Affirmative Action may be directed to the Affirmative Action Officer (Telephone: 1.212.817.7410); and inquiries concerning Title IX may be directed to the Campus Title IX Coordinator/Compliance & Diversity Officer (Telephone: 1.212.817.7410).

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GC Bulletin

Student Handbook 2015-16

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