Application Deadlines & Requirements

The majority of Graduate Center programs (including all of our PhD programs) only accept students in the Fall semester. The M.A. programs in Liberal Studies and Middle Eastern Studies are the only programs to accept applications for the Spring semester. You can find our application here.

The dates below indicate the deadline to apply for each program. The application should be submitted and all documents should be in by this date; please ensure that you take standardized tests like the GRE or GMAT (plus the TOEFL or IELTS for many international students) with enough time for the scores to reach the Graduate Center. GRE and other requirements are listed here as well. Unless otherwise noted, each program requires two letters of recommendation.

Anthropology

  • Cultural or Linguistic, December 1st
  • Archaeology or Physical, December 15th
  • GRE required
  • Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology applicants are required to include a writing sample (30 pp. max) and CV including all post-secondary degrees, degree date, and GPAs (both cumulative and in your major). Physical Anthropology applicants must complete and send in the NYCEP tracking form in addition to the Graduate Center online application form.
  • PhD offered

Art History

  • December 15th
  • GRE required
  • Writing sample required (15 page  maximum)
  • Three letters of recommendation required
  • PhD offered

Audiology

  • February 1st
  • GRE required
  • AuD offered

Biochemistry

  • January 1st
  • GRE required
  • PhD offered

Biology

  • Neuroscience, December 1st
  • All other subprograms, January 1st
  • GRE required
  • Applicants wishing to work with mentors based at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) must also apply to the Collaborative Ph.D. Program at AMNH.
  • PhD offered

Business

  • January 1st
  • Please note that this is a joint degree program with Baruch College
  • GRE or GMAT required
  • Writing sample required (15 page maximum)
  • The Management Specialization encourages students to supply the “Personality Potential Index” (PPI – offered by the Educational Testing Service). The PPI allows external evaluators to provide information about students on key attributes that relate to graduate student success. Information can be found at the following web site: http://www.ets.org/ppi.  The Management specialization does not require the tool be completed, but encourages students to supply the results as a supplement to their admission package as additional information to the admissions committee. Please contact the Business program if there are any questions.
  • PhD offered

Chemistry

  • January 1st
  • GRE required
  • GRE subject test recommended
  • PhD offered

Classics

  • January 1st
  • GRE required
  • Writing sample required
  • PhD and MA offered

Comparative Literature

  • January 1st; MA extended to April 1st
  • GRE required
  • CV required
  • Writing sample required (10 page maximum)
  • PhD and MA offered

Computer Science

  • January 1st
  • GRE required
  • PhD offered

Criminal Justice

  • January 1st
  • GRE required
  • Writing sample required (15 page maximum)
  • PhD offered

Earth and Environmental Sciences

  • December 15th
  • GRE required
  • PhD offered

Economics

  • January 1st
  • GRE required
  • Our admissions committee reviews applications as they arrive. For priority consideration, we strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible.
  • PhD offered

Educational Psychology

  • December 15th
  • GRE required
  • PhD offered

English

  • January 1st
  • GRE required
  • CV required
  • Writing sample required (15 page maximum)
  • PhD offered

French

  • January 1st
  • GRE required
  • CV required
  • Writing sample required (one sample for an applicant with a BA; two samples or or a copy of the MA thesis for applicant with an MA)
  • PhD offered

Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages

  • January 1st
  • GRE required
  • CV required
  • Writing sample required (4000-7000 words in English, Spanish, or Portuguese)
  • PhD offered

History

  • January 1st
  • GRE required
  • Writing sample required (15 pages maximum)
  • PhD offered

Journalism

  • January 9th; deadline extended to January 23rd
  • GRE optional
  • Writing samples (three) required
  • Three letters of recommendation required
  • Applicants to the Spanish language journalism program may submit the applicant statement in either English or Spanish, but one work sample must be in English and one in Spanish.
  • Though applications come through the Graduate Center, please direct any questions to the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. You can see this page for more information and for the Supplemental Admissions Application and the Admissions Entrance Exam.
  • MA offered

Liberal Studies

  • November 1st (Spring), Fall 2017 extended to June 1st
  • No GRE required
  • MA offered

Linguistics

  • December 15th
  • GRE required
  • PhD and MA offered

Mathematics

  • January 1st
  • GRE required
  • GRE subject test required
  • PhD offered

Middle Eastern Studies

  • January 15th (Fall), November 1st (Spring); Fall extended to April 1st
  • GRE optional
  • Writing sample required (5-10 pages)
  • MA offered

Music

  • Music Performance, December 1st
  • All other Music concentrations, December 15th
  • GRE required
  • Applicants should check the Music page before applying
  • PhD and DMA degrees offered

Neuroscience

  • December 1st
  • GRE required
  • To apply to the Neuroscience Collaborative you must select either the Biology or the Psychology program when you apply online, and then select the Neuroscience track.
  • PhD offered

Nursing

Philosophy

  • January 1st
  • GRE required
  • Three letters of recommendation required
  • PhD and MA offered

Physics

  • January 1st
  • GRE required
  • GRE subject test recommended
  • PhD offered

Political Science

  • December 15th; MA extended to April 1st
  • GRE required
  • Writing sample required
  • PhD and MA offered

Psychology

  • December 1st
  • GRE required
  • GRE subject test required for all Clinical training areas
  • GRE subject test recommended for all other training areas
  • PhD offered

Social Welfare

  • January 1st for fellowship consideration, February 15th for all others
  • GRE not required
  • CV required
  • Writing sample required (for this and other additional requirement information see the program site)
  • Applicants must have a master’s degree in Social Work (or a similar field) and at least three years of work experience in the area of human services.
  • PhD offered

Sociology

  • December 15th
  • GRE required
  • Writing sample required (30 page maximum)
  • PhD offered

Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

  • January 1st
  • GRE required
  • PhD offered

Theatre

  • January 1st
  • GRE required
  • Writing sample required (15 page maximum)
  • PhD offered

Urban Education

  • January 1st
  • GRE required
  • PhD offered

Women’s and Gender Studies

  • March 1st
  • GRE required
  • Writing sample required (10-15 pages)
  • MA offered
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