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IRP Members are people who have come together to create a community in which each person's learning experience is enriched through exchange with other members of diverse backgrounds and interests. 

Membership is open to retired and semiretired people who want to participate actively in cooperative learning and instruction, regardless of their education, career background, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or physical limitations.
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                                                         Becoming an IRP Member

The IRP seeks candidates who have the time and energy to commit to serious study, who enjoy learning and actively contributing to class discussions, and who will become integral members of the IRP community.

Eligible candidates must possess a desire to be academically challenged, a commitment to continued intellectual exploration, and a willingness to contribute to the self-governance of the organization. Prospective members should have sufficient time available durin the week to attend classes and other meetings, complete assinments, and contribute to teh self-governance of the program.

We welcome applications from anyone who meets these criteria. 

Candidates for emembership In the IRP must attend an information session, submit an application (provided at the session), and participate in an interview. Owing to limited classroom space (virtual and physical) and a desire to amintain a small and engaged commiunity, not all applications are accepted.

Your admission and tutition to The Graduate Center's IRP program provide you with membership in an empowering community. IRP members become actively involved beyond the classroom, throuh special interest groups and social activities. As a program of The Graduate Center, the IRP offers numerous opportunities to engage in multigenerational activities with students in other programs as well as faculty and staff within The Graduate Center and across The City University of New York.

Please note the following dates for the Spring 2021 admissions cycle:

  • Wednesday, September 16, 2020: 4:00PM - 5:30PM
  • Thursday, September 17, 2020: 4:00PM - 5:30PM
  • Wednesday, October 28, 2020: 4:00PM - 5:30PM
To Register for any of the Information Session please click here.

  • Saturday, October 10, 2020: 10:00AM - 1:00PM
  • Saturday, October 17, 2020: 10:00AM - 1:00PM
  • Saturday, November 14, 2020: 10:00AM - 1:00PM
  • Saturday, November 21, 2020: 10:00AM - 1:00PM

  • Thursday, October 1: 1:00PM - 5:00PM
  • Thursday, November 5: 1:00PM - 5:00PM

For additionaal information about membership, program activities, and requirements, please email or call 212.817.AISI.

If you would like to recieve information about the upcoming information sesssion, please provide your contact information below:


The IRP membership fee is $ 1,135 for the 2020-2021 academic year or $715 for a single semester. This fee entitles each student to register for up to three IRP study groups per semester, and to participate in other activities of the institute and the university.

The IER offers a limited number of needs-based scholarships in order to help cover Graduate Center fees.

Leave of Absence

Members in good standing who plan to attend the IRP for only one semester in a school year must obtain a leave of absence, filed by the registration deadline for the semester during which they will be absent. Students on leave will still receive regular IRP mailings and may participate in all social events. Leave is not granted for more than two consecutive semesters. With written permission from the director, members may take a leave of absence for up to one year due to illness or other personal reasons. (See Alumni Membership below if you expect to be inactive for more than one year.) Members who fail to register in a fall or spring semester and have not obtained a leave of absence will be dropped from the program and must reapply for admission in order to return.

Alumni Membership

Members who no longer wish to be active but would like to remain involved with the IRP community can enroll as alumni by paying a $25 lifetime fee in lieu of the annual membership fee. Alumni receive IRP mailings and are invited to participate in social events. Alumni who wish to resume active membership must formally reapply.