Degrees & Research

The Graduate Center of the City University of New York is devoted primarily to doctoral study and awards most of CUNY's doctoral degrees. In this nationally unique consortium of over 1950 faculty members, a core faculty of approximately 150 Graduate Center appointments is supplemented by over 1800 additional faculty members drawn from throughout CUNY's eleven senior colleges and New York City's leading cultural and scientific institutions. With 4300 doctoral students, they pursue a shared enterprise of expanding the boundaries of knowledge in over thirty doctoral programs and eight master's programs in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Augmenting this enterprise are about thirty research centers and institutes focused on areas of compelling social, civic, cultural, and scientific concerns.

The Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC) is the focal point of the collaborative research activities of the Graduate Center.  It promotes interdisciplinary research, partners with all GC Research Centers, Institutes and Interdisciplinary Committees, connects the research activities of CUNY faculty at the Colleges to GC research programs and seminars, and provides a home for outstanding visiting scholars to collaborate with faculty and students.  ARC offers support to GC doctoral students pursuing research as well as to postdoctoral students who have completed their initial projects.

A focus on the sciences is exemplified by the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), CUNY’s premier scientific research institute, which formally joined with the Graduate Center in 2017. The ASRC facility, a 200,000-square-foot, state-of-the art building in Upper Manhattan, was designed specifically to foster collaboration across disciplines and enhance potential for groundbreaking research. It houses five dynamic initiatives of applied science — Nanoscience, Photonics, Structural Biology, Neuroscience, and Environmental Sciences — and promises to catalyze the sciences across CUNY and New York City alike. Among the extraordinary resources onsite is a 5,000-square-foot cleanroom — the largest in New York City — housing full-service nanofabrication instrumentation.