Master's Programs

Master’s Programs During the COVID-19 Crisis
Following CUNY's response to the COVID-19 situation, instruction in all Graduate Center master's programs is being offered in distance format for the remainder of the semester starting March 19, 2020. Most offices of The Graduate Center are operating remotely, and all events and gatherings for the remainder of the semester have been canceled or postponed.  To reach the Office of the Dean for Master's Programs, please email

Individual master's programs will hold virtual open houses and information sessions for prospective applicants. Please check the events calendar and the individual websites of each master's program for further details. For updates about admissions requirements and policies for Fall 2020, please contact
Emergency Grants for Students

The Graduate Center has established a set of funds to support students who are facing short-term financial emergencies. With these funds, The Graduate Center provides quick-response grants of up to $2,000 to help students meet immediate needs. Our overarching goal is to assist students in completing their degrees, rather than taking a leave of absence or withdrawing from school. Students can apply using this online form

Tablets Available for Loan
We understand that a number of students lack access to a personal computer off campus, and we are pleased to inform you that we have a limited number of iPads and Dell Chromebooks available for loan.

The loaner iPads and Chromebooks are available on a first-come, first-served basis to enrolled students. You can request a device using the student tablet request form.

Meet some of our students:

  • Daisy Reyes, M.S. in Cognitive Neuroscience, is conducting research on how expertise and personality function in esports.
  • Seth Schimmel, M.S. in Data Analysis and Visualization, is providing data support at the Open Society Foundations

And our faculty:

Master's Programs at The Graduate Center, CUNY


The Graduate Center’s master’s degrees span the sciences, humanities, and social sciences,
and often create spaces for collaboration between disciplines, as explained in our open house video:


Our Master’s Programs are


We now have seven new interdisciplinary master's degrees, in Biography and MemoirCognitive Neuroscience, Data Science, Data Analysis and Visualization, Digital Humanities, International Migration Studies, and Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences. In Fall 2020, we will open our newest master's program in Nanoscience. In a rapidly changing world, these master's programs build flexible capacities for critical analysis, knowledge acquisition, and problem solving.

All of our master’s degrees are designed to prepare students for career advancement as well as doctoral education. 


Our master’s programs are embedded in The Graduate Center’s longstanding commitment to research and academic excellence. Graduate Center master’s students take many classes alongside doctoral students. 

Our classes are taught by full-time professors. Master’s students work with our acclaimed faculty on in-depth research and capstone projects. They don’t just receive knowledge, they create it.


Our tuition is affordable, and we schedule courses in the afternoons and evenings to enable students from a range of backgrounds and life situations to pursue their master’s education.


Julie Suk

I am thrilled to welcome you to The Graduate Center’s master’s programs. Our master’s programs embrace students from a broad diversity of backgrounds pursuing a variety of career paths. They embody CUNY’s public mission as an engine of opportunity and a place of social integration.

That’s why I joined The Graduate Center last fall as dean for master’s programs and professor of Sociology.

For over a decade, I was a law professor, having taught at some of the best law schools in the United States.

I immigrated to New York from Seoul, Korea, at the age of four and grew up in Queens. I studied English and French literature as an undergraduate and then moved to England to pursue master’s and doctoral degrees in politics. When I returned to the United States, I went to law school and subsequently began my career clerking for a federal judge in Washington, D.C., before returning to academia.

My love of crossing national, disciplinary, and professional boundaries drew me to The Graduate Center where master’s programs are building bridges across all these boundaries in exciting new ways. This year, I will be focused on fostering the intellectual and professional development of the master’s community. Together, we can transform the landscape of knowledge in the public interest, within and beyond the university.

Listen to Dr. Suk discuss master's programs at The Graduate Center in an excerpt from The Thought Project podcast. 
Julie Suk
Dean for Master's Programs and Professor of Sociology