Master's Programs

Classroom with students

The Graduate Center’s master’s degrees span the sciences, humanities, and social sciences, and often create spaces for collaboration between disciplines. We also offer an interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, designed for students to create a unique path of study based on their personal and professional interests.

Our master’s programs are


This year, we inaugurated six new interdisciplinary master’s degrees in Cognitive Neuroscience, Data Science, Data Analysis and Visualization, Digital Humanities, International Migration Studies, and Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences. 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 this 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. My priorities for this year are fostering a genuine community for our master’s students across disciplines and programs, and making the growing master’s community an integral part of Graduate Center intellectual life. 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