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Admissions and Aid

We seek the brightest students from the United States and abroad who will bring imagination, creative thinking, and commitment to the researching the arts and understanding their transforming potential. We seek students who value diversity and who will become a scholarly, critical, and supportive community of thinkers, teachers, writers, and data analysis workers. We seek students who, through their research practices, creative work and teaching, want to change the world.

How to Apply

Application Deadline

  • November 1 for Spring Term admissions
  • May 15 extended deadline for Fall Term admissions

Application Requirements

Candidates complete The Graduate Center’s Application for Admission and provide appropriate supplemental materials including transcripts and letters of recommendation. In order to be eligible for admission, applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or its international equivalent. Successful applicants generally have a cumulative overall GPA of 3.0 (B average) or higher. Applicants are not required to submit GRE scores.

Tuition and Fees

Master’s students at The Graduate Center who are residents of New York State and registered for a minimum of 12 credits per semester will pay a flat fee for tuition. Out-of-state residents and students taking less than 12 credits will be charged on a per-credit basis.

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Fellowships and Financial Aid

While The Graduate Center does not currently offer full-tuition scholarships or additional stipends for living expenses, there are funding opportunities available to master’s students that can help cover the cost of attendance, including scholarships, federal and private loans, and federal work-study.

Learn more about financial aid for master’s students »