Founded in 1961, the Graduate Center is CUNY’s doctorate-granting institution and the only such publicly supported institution in New York City. It provides a home in the heart of Manhattan to more than 30 doctoral programs, a distinguished faculty of more than 1,600, and approximately 4,000 doctoral students drawn from New York City and State, the rest of the nation, and 78 foreign countries. The programs derive their strength from a unique consortial model for doctoral education, whereby each doctoral program can draw the needed critical mass of faculty expertise from across the CUNY campuses.
Since only about 10 percent of faculty are based at the Graduate Center, CUNY’s senior colleges provide more than 90 percent of faculty needs and have made it possible for the Graduate Center and CUNY to sustain programs that are nationally acknowledged to be of high quality. Contributing to the distinction are a small number of faculty affiliated with major New York City institutions such as the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Botanical Gardens, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the Sloan-Kettering Institute.
The Graduate Center moved in Fall 1999 to 365 Fifth Avenue, between 34th and 35th Streets. The new campus is housed in a landmark building redesigned to meet the specific needs of a 21st-century institution of advanced learning. Today, the Graduate Center is an internationally recognized center for advanced studies and serves as a national model for public doctoral education. A new system of ranking doctoral programs by the scholarly productivity of their faculty recently placed ten of the Graduate Center’s Ph.D. programs among the top ten in the country, and six among the top five.
All doctoral programs are administered from the Graduate Center. Course work and research in the social sciences, humanities, and mathematics take place at the Graduate Center, as do several non-laboratory science courses. However, doctoral research in laboratory sciences takes place on several CUNY college campuses, and doctoral programs in business, criminal justice, engineering, and social welfare are located on particular CUNY college campuses.
The Graduate Center also offers programs leading to a Master of Arts in six areas: liberal studies, classics, comparative literature, linguistics, philosophy, and political science. Furthermore, since interdisciplinary study is of increasing importance, students enrolled in Ph.D. programs may also earn certificates in American studies, film studies, interactive technology and pedagogy, medieval studies, Renaissance studies, and women’s studies. Also affiliated with the Graduate Center are three University Center programs: The CUNY Baccalaureate Program, the School of Professional Studies, and the recently established Graduate School of Journalism (master’s degree). The Graduate Center offers a wide range of continuing education and cultural programs of interest to the general public.
Twenty-nine research centers and institutes located at the Graduate Center provide a forum for internationally renowned scholars, scientists, policy makers, and diplomats to discuss issues of concern to all across interdisciplinary lines, and timely research is often integrated with public policy issues. They encompass a variety of subjects such as urban studies, state government policy and management, international affairs, theatre arts, media and learning, women’s studies, New York City history, lesbian and gay studies, software design and development, and telecommunications and information systems.
B, D, F, N, R, or Q to 34th Street-Herald Square; walk east to 5th Avenue.
6 to 33rd Street.
M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M6, M7, M16, M34, Q32.