The following materials must be included in your 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 www.ets.org. 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 www.gmac.com. 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.