Admission Requirements


Admission Requirements

Scholastic Requirements

Applicants to the Graduate Center must have earned a bachelor’s from an accredited institution whose requirements for the degree are substantially equivalent to those of the City University of New York. In addition, the applicant must complete the 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.

Requirements for International Students

Graduates of foreign colleges and universities who meet the standards of admission equivalent to those described above may be considered for admission to the City University’s doctoral programs. The applicant must present authoritative evidence of sufficient competence in the English language to pursue a regular course of study at the City University. An applicant who has not received a degree from a college or university located in the US, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia or New Zealand must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

The TOEFL is administered internationally by Educational Testing Service and applicants shoule request their scores to be sent to school code 2113.

The IELTS is administered by Cambridge English Language Assessment.  

A student residing alone in New York City should have about $30,000 for the year to cover tuition, books, room, board, and personal expenses.

University assistance for which international students are eligible to compete is extremely limited and may not be adequate to fund the student’s total expenses. Before receiving a visa for entrance into the United States, students must certify (documentary evidence is required) that they are financially able to support themselves for the entire period of their stay in the United States while pursuing a full course of study.

Transfer of Credit

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.

Financial Assistance

A student wishing to apply for financial assistance should refer to the financial assistance section.

Admission Deadlines

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