All students are required to be in status each term. This means that students must either be registered or be on an approved Leave of Absence (PDF). Individuals who are not in status will be considered withdrawn from The Graduate Center. Registration information is emailed to students prior to the start of each term. It is expected that all registrations be completed by the end of the registration period. Select to view the current Academic Calendar.
For further information regarding registration, academic record keeping, email communication policy, student rights to access to education records as it relates to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), students should consult the Academic Policies and Procedures. In addition, the Student Handbook (PDF) supplements information in the Bulletin of The Graduate Center with useful information about opportunities and services for students.
CUNYfirst is an online system used by all CUNY campuses to manage administrative processes in Student Administration, Human Resources and Finance. It replaced the legacy (BANNER) system on April 16, 2018.
Registration materials are emailed to current students prior to the start of each term. All students should review the academic calendar for the registration dates. Current students and new students registration will be done via the CUNYfirst system. Students delinquent in their financial accounts or obligations to the library or with respect to any equipment loans from Information Resources will not be permitted to register.
All students are required to be in status each term. This means that student must either be registered or be on an approved leave of absence. Individuals who are not in status will be considered withdrawn from the Graduate Center.
Full payment of tuition and fees is due by the first day of classes. Make checks payable to CUNY Graduate Center. Checks, cash, and money order payments may be made in person at the Bursar’s Office.
Employee Tuition Waiver
Employees eligible for a CUNY Employee Tuition Waiver must submit their original Tuition Waiver to the Bursar’s Office no later than November 1 for the fall term and no later than May 1 for the spring term.
Be sure to have your HR designee complete (title code # and date of appointment) and sign the Tuition Waiver Form before you bring it to the Bursar's Office for review. Once the Bursar's Office has settled your bill you will be provided with that semester's sticker. You must then take the original Tuition Waiver Form to the Office of the Registrar for final processing.
Employees are still liable to pay the Student Activities Fee, University Consolidated Services Fee and the Techology Fee; these fees are not refundable.
Matriculated students may audit courses in which they have an interest so that they can increase their knowledge and proficiency. Independent Study courses cannot be audited.
Non-degree students interested in auditing courses at The Graduate Center should consult the Office of the Registrar for registration eligibility. Enrollment in courses by students who have not been accepted for admission to The Graduate Center is at the discretion of each academic program. In no instance will anyone be permitted to accumulate a total of more than two courses or eight credits (whichever is less) as a nonmatriculant without written approval from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
During the first three weeks of the each term, students have the option of adding or swapping courses to their initial program as well as dropping courses. A change of program fee may be assessed for any program changes made during the first three weeks of classes. After the third week of the term, if a student elects to withdraw from a course, a Course Withdrawal Form (PDF) must be submitted in-person to the Office of the Registrar prior to the course withdrawal deadline. A grade of “W” will be assigned and the student remains liable for tuition.
After the third week of the term, if a student elects to withdraw from a course, a Course Withdrawal Form (PDF) must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the course withdrawal deadline. Be sure to use your GC Student Email account in all your communications. A grade of “W” will be assigned and the student remains liable for tuition. Current students if applicable should refer to the Student Handbook (PDF) for the special provisions for students in the military.
- Students who wish to voluntary withdrawal completely from a doctoral program must be approved by the approrpiate Executive Officer, forward to the Office of Registrar, and clear by the Office of Financial Aid and International Students (if applicable), as well as the library, the Bursar, and the Business Office.
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Students may edit their Home, Mailing, Billing address using Self Service in CUNYfirst. Changes to the Permanent Address Type must be done by the Registrar's Office (Email: email@example.com for details). If you have been declared a New York State Resident and you change your permanent address to an out-of-state address, you will be charged the Non-Resident tuition rate for the next semester.
In addition, matriculated students changing their address should also inform their Program, Payroll Office at (212) 817-8105 (if you are paid by the Graduate Center), Student Affairs at (212) 817-7301 (if you receive NYSHIP), or International Student Office at (212) 817-7200 (if applicable). Select this link for GC offices.
The Change of Address does not impact a student’s residency status if the student is already an out-of-state status student. Students requesting a change of residency status must file a City University Residence Evaluation Application (PDF) along with sufficient supporting documentation (PDF) with the Office of the Registrar no later than the end of the third week of classes of the term for which the change is to be effective.
The Application for Change of Name form (PDF). When submitting in person, students must bring along original supporting documentation such as (Birth Certificate, Court Order, Divorce Decree, Marriage Certificate, Naturalization, or Government Issued Photo ID) for inspection.
University Name and/or Gender Changes Policy (PDF) also affords students the opportunity to identify a preferred name to be recorded in its student information systems and to be displayed on a variety of documents. Documents and records that may display a preferred name include, among other things, course rosters, student identification cards, and student email addresses. A preferred name will not appear on, among other things, a student’s official academic record, diploma or transcript, which will instead display the student’s legal name.
Students who would like to request that a "preferred name" be recorded should login to the CUNYfirst system and then add the preferred name under Personal Information via Self-Service. Faculty and staff should be aware that future course rosters and similar documents may contain students’ preferred names.
Please contact the Office of Special Events for any inquiries regarding commencement ceremonies. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Degrees are conferred three times per year and posted to your record on these dates. Be sure to clear all holds prior to your defense and deposit to ensure no delays in the confirmation of your degree. Once the degree is conferred, you may order a transcript to show proof of degree.
The Graduate Center works with Parchment, a digital credentialing service, to issue diplomas. Notice of the digital copy of your diploma will be sent to your preferred email address in CUNYfirst within 2 weeks of conferral. Instructions for retrieving the digital copy of the degree will be included in the email.
A hard copy of your diploma will follow within 6-8 weeks of degree conferral and be sent to the mailing address you have listed in CUNYfirst. Please allow an additional 2-4 weeks for delivery to addresses outside of the United States.
In the event the original diploma has been lost or destroyed, a new diploma will be issued as a duplicate and will bear a notation to that effect. The duplicate diploma fee is $30.00 USD. Please complete and return the Duplicate Diploma Request Form and contact the Office of the Bursar at email@example.com for payment options.
The Graduate Center
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Doctoral tuition charges are based on a student's "Level," which is determined by a combination of the number of graduate credits completed (including, in the case of transfer students, credits accepted by the student's degree program and the Office of the Registrar) and specific academic accomplishments. These levels are defined by Level I, Level II, and Level III.
Petition for a Change of Level
Students are responsible for ascertaining that their tuition level has been properly established. Students questioning their level for billing purposes must petition the Office of the Registrar and the Vice President for Student Affairs in writing by the end of the third week of the term in question. Unless a written petition is filed with the Registrar by the deadline and the Vice President for Student Affairs is notified in writing of the pending petition, no retroactive changes in level can be made.
Students use CUNYfirst to register for courses during the registration period. Some courses may be limited to specific major, pre-requisite restrictions or permission required from the instructor. For courses with instructor permission requirement, students should contact the program or the instructor for an overide permission.
Registration information for degree students.
When and how to register on record with Weighted Instructional Units (WIU) for PhD students:
If you are not Level III and you are not planning to take any courses in the upcoming term, then you need to register for Register on Record (ROR 1) and Weighted Instructional Units (WIU 7) to maintain your full time status. This will certify you as full time and will not affect any funding you will be receiving.
If you are taking courses that add up to less than 7 credits, you will need to register for the appropriate number of Weighted Instructional Units (WIU 1 - WIU 6) along with the courses you are taking to equal to 7 credits in order to maintain your full time status.
Weighted Instructional Units are billable if you are not paying a flat tuition rate. Registration must be completed prior to the start of the term.
Registration information for current students who are non-degree.
Enrollment in courses by students who have not been accepted for admission to The Graduate Center is at the discretion of each academic program. In no instance will anyone be permitted to accumulate a total of more than two courses or eight credits (whichever is less) as a nonmatriculant without written approval from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
- The first step to become a non-degree student or to register as a Permit student from another CUNY College is to contact the Executive Officer of the program that you are interested in taking the course/s and request a signed written permission on that department's letterhead.
- After you receive the department written permission, first time non-degree and audit applicant or if you are a first time Permit student from another CUNY College or Consortium School, you should contact the Office of the Registrar for the Application Form For Non-Matriculated/ Auditor/Permit or Consortium Students.
- Returning non-degree students who stopped attending beyond one semester must complete the Application Form For Non-Matriculated/Auditor/Permit or Consortium Students as well.
- Forward the department written permission and the completed application form together back to the Office of the Registrar for review prior to the filing for readmission and non-degree application deadline. Further registration instructions will be provided. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
- If you are a first time non-degree and auditor applicant for the Spring 2019 term, the $125.00 non-degree application fee will be automatically billed to you by the Office of the Bursar. Effective Fall 2019 term, the non-degree/auditor application fee will be $75.00. Permit students (cross registering from another CUNY College) and The Inter-University Doctoral Consortium (IUDC) students are not charged the non-degree application or readmission fee.
Effective Fall 2018, matriculated GC students who want to cross-register or request a permit to another CUNY College will need to file an electronic ePermit request using their CUNYfirst student self-service account.
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Registration information for students who wish to cross register with one of the schools in The Inter-University Doctoral Consortium (IUDC). The IUDC is open to doctoral students from participating schools who have completed at least one year of full-time study (or equivalent) toward the Ph.D. Please be advised that Terminal Masters students and Non-Arts and Sciences students are not eligible.
The participating schools are:
Columbia University, GSAS
Fordham University, GSAS
New School for Social Research
New York University, GSAS
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Stony Brook University
Teachers College, Columbia University
The Graduate Center, The City University of New York
In order to be considered for enrollment in a Consortium course, student must have completed at least two semesters at The Graduate Center, be in good academic standing and demonstrate that the course in question will not be offered at The Graduate Center in the near future.
Download the IUDC Permit Out Form (PDF). After submitting the IUDC Permit Out Form to the Office of the Registrar, the student will be given an IUDC Registration Form.
The Office of the Registrar can provide a written certification confirming your enrollment, degree and attendance dates. Please be advised that the letter cannot be released if the student has outstanding obiligations or holds (i.e. Bursar, Financial Aid, Library, etc.) on record.
Current students may request an enrollment verification letter via email or in-person at the Office of the Registrar. There is no fee for the enrollment verification letter. Students using the email method may submit the request to firstname.lastname@example.org by using their student email account. Students who wish to have someone else pick up the enrollment verification letter for them must provide a written authorization to that person. The enrollment verification letter cannot be released if the student has outstanding obligations or holds (i.e. Bursar, Financial Aid, Library, etc.) on record. A photo ID is required when picking up the enrollment verification letter.
A student requesting information from his/her student credential should complete the Request for Information Form (PDF). Upon written request by a student, The Graduate Center may release information in that student's education records at The Graduate Center to third parties.
Certification should only be done if the organization receiving the document requires you to provide an Apostille or Authentication. Visit http://www.dos.ny.gov/corps/apostille.html for further details.
Fall 2020 & Spring 2021:
Please contact the Registrar's Office at email@example.com for Apostille Certification information. Notary service (first step of the Apostille process) is offered on a limited basis.
After GC Offices are reopen: (In-person appointments resume)
Step 1: Contact the Registrar's Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 817-7500 for an Apostille Certification appointment. Appointments are only available during regular scheduled business hours.
Step 2: Diplomas and official transcripts are generally the most common documents submitted to the Registrar's Office for Apostille Certification. Please obtain these documents ahead of time if you need to do so.
a. Diploma: Registrar's Office
b. Transcript, Official Verification Letter: Registrar's Office.
Step 3: The Registrar's Office will certify the document(s) as an official record or true copy of the original before a Notary Public. There is normally no charge for the notary service.
Step 4: You then take the notarized document(s) to the County Clerk’s Office to certify the signature of the notary public. Remember, the County Clerk must reside in the same county of the Notary Public. The County Clerk Office has a per document fee.
County of New York (Manhattan)
60 Centre Street, Room 141B
New York, NY 10007
Afterward, you must present the document(s) to the New York Department of State to affix the Apostille. The New York Department of State also has a per document fee.
New York Secretary of State
Division of Licensing Services
123 William Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10038
Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
If the foreign country is a signatory to the Hague Convention or will accept the Apostille, the document is now certified for use.
The following documents are eligible for an Apostille or Authentication.
- Original diploma
- A copy of your original diploma (must present original diploma for copies to be made in-person at the Office of the Registrar)
- Official transcript (must request a new copy at time of inquiry)
- Enrollment Verification Letter
Please refer to The Graduate Center Bulletin for the grading system and the requirements to maintain satisfactory academic progress.
Standards for Retention
Students' record will be evaluated at the end of each semester, and matriculation may be terminated for unsatisfactory academic performance - generally considered less than a "B" average and/or failure to meet other program requirements.
Please refer to The Graduate Center Bulletin for the degree requirements (PDF) for the Master of Arts and the degree requirements (PDF) for the Doctor of Philosophy. Make an appointment to deposit your graduate work (doctoral dissertation, capstone project, MA thesis) in the GC Library.
Leave of Absence will be granted to students deemed to be in good academic standing who wish to interrupt their doctoral study. The Request for Leave of Absence Form (PDF) is downloadable.
Readmission following a withdrawal is at the discretion of the student's program. A special Application for Readmission (PDF) must be filed in the Office of the Registrar before the readmission deadline. The Application for Readmission is not for non-degree students.
Written notice of voluntary withdrawal from a doctoral program must be approved by the appropriate Executive Officer, forwarded to the Office of the Registrar, and clear by the Office of Financial Aid and International Students (if applicable), as well as the library, the Bursar, and the Business Office. Such notice must be submitted prior to the end of the third week of classes of a given semester to avoid full tuition liability for that semester. To resume doctoral study, a former student must submit an Application for Readmission (PDF) to the Office of the Registrar. Readmission following a withdrawal is at the discretion of the student's program.
Students who have not been granted a leave of absence or who have not registered by the first week of a given semester will be withdrawn automatically from The Graduate Center.
Refunds for Withdrawal and Leave of Absence
Each student registration, once classes have begun and regardless of whether or not the student has paid tuition at the point of registration, constituts a financial obligation to the State of New York that cannot be rescinded. Any leave of absence or withdrawal from an academic progam or individual courses must be requested by the student in writing. All students who are administratively withdrawn from classes will receive a grade of "WA" and are fully tuition liable. Withdrawal requests submitted after classes have begun but before the deadline for program changes will entitle the student to a partial adjustments in tuition, according to the City University's established remission policies.
In general, to qualify for the resident tuition rate at a senior college based on residence in the State of New York, a student must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or in a qualifying immigration status (see Part I – Eligibility for the Residency Tuition Rate of the residency section of the CUNY Tuition & Fee Manual regarding qualifying immigration statuses), have continuously maintained his/her principal place of abode in the State of New York for a period of at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes, and have a bona fide intention of living in New York permanently.
Petition for a Change of Residency
The Graduate Center or Craig Newmark School of Journalism students requesting a change of residency status must submit a completed Residency Application (PDF) along with sufficient supporting documentation to the Registrar's Office no later than the end of the third week of classes of the semester for which the change is to be effective. Unless a written petition is filed with the Registrar by the deadline and the Vice President for Student Affairs is notified in writing of the pending petition, no retroactive changes in residency can be made.
If you are a first year student, or anticipate qualifying for residency in the future, you should begin preparing and gathering your documents 12 months prior to submitting your application. See the Residency Tip Sheet (PDF) for details.
Residency policy as noted in the University Tuition & Fee Manual.
Please refer to The Graduate Center Bulletin for the transfer of credit policy.
The Veteran's Certifying Office is Mr. Vincent DeLuca, Director of Student Services and Senior Registrar, Room 7201; Telephone (212) 817-7500. Each semester, in order to receive educational benefits, veterans must contact the Office of the Registrar.
Additional information is available at the CUNY website for veterans and in the Student Handbook (PDF).
Special Provisions for Students in the Military
For students called up to the reserves or drafted before the end of the semester:
Grades - In order to obtain a grade, a student must attend 13 weeks (five weeks for summer session).
Refunds - A student called up to the reserves or drafted who does not attend for a sufficient time to qualify for a grade is entitled to a 100% refund of tuition and all other fees except
For students who volunteer (enlist) for the military before the end of the semester:
Grades - In order to obtain a grade, a student must attend 13 weeks (five weeks for summer session).
Refunds - The amount of the refund depends upon whether the withdrawal is before the fifth week of classes. If the student withdraws before beginning of the fifth calendar week (or third calendar week for a summer session), he or she is entitled to 100% refund of tuition and all other fees except application fees. If the student withdraws thereafter, he or she is entitled to a 50% refund.
Other Provisions for Military Service: Resident Tuition Rates. These lower rates are applicable to all members of the armed services, their spouses and their dependent children, on full-time active duty and stationed in the State of New York. Re-enrollment of Veterans. Veterans who are returning students are given preferred treatment in the following ways: (1) Veterans who were former students with unsatisfactory scholastic records may be readmitted.
Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally awarded. To comply with the Department of Defense (DOD) policy, the Graduate School and University Center will return any unearned TA funds on a prorated basis through at least the 60% portion of the period for which the funds were provided. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned based upon when a student stops attending.
Important Notice of Possible Changes: The City University of New York reserves the right, because of changing conditions, to make modifications of any nature in the academic programs and requirements of the University and its constituent colleges without advance notice. Tuition and fees are similarly subject to change by the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York. The University regrets any inconvenience this may cause.
Office of the Registrar
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 7201
New York, NY 10016-4309
Phone: (212) 817-7500
Fax: (212) 817-1627
Office Hours:*(Due to COVID-19 building closure - Contact us via email until further notice).
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Registrar's Office is closed on the following Summer Fridays.
June 18, June 25, July 2, July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30, and August 6, 2021.