Mission Statement

The Graduate Center is located in the heart of Manhattan and set within the large and multi-campus City University of New York. It fosters advanced graduate education, original research and scholarship, innovative university-wide programs, and vibrant public events that draw upon and contribute to the complex communities of New York City and beyond. Through a broad range of nationally prominent doctoral programs, the Graduate School prepares students to be scholars, teachers, experts, and leaders in the academy, the arts and in the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. Committed to CUNY’s historic mission of educating the “children of the whole people,” we work to provide access to doctoral education for diverse groups of highly talented students, including those who have been underrepresented in higher education.


The Graduate Center (GC) is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at the City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s largest urban public university. Devoted exclusively to graduate education, the GC fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences, and trains students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. With over 35 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, and 20 research centers, institutes, and initiatives, the GC benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni—who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates every year. Through its public programs, the GC enhances New York City’s intellectual and cultural life.


The Graduate Center is home to a core faculty of approximately 140 teachers and mentors, virtually all senior scholars, many leaders in their disciplines, and more than a third holding the rank of Distinguished Professor—the University’s very highest academic honor. Further, as the only consortium of its kind in the nation, the Graduate Center draws upon more than 1,700 faculty from across the CUNY colleges, as well as from cultural, academic, and scientific institutions throughout New York City and beyond.


By virtue of its competitively funded doctoral programs, its emphasis on research, and wide-ranging professional training, the Graduate Center benefits from a highly ambitious and diverse student body. About 90 percent of its 4,071 students are enrolled in doctoral programs, and a growing number of master’s students pursue degrees in disciplinary and interdisciplinary master’s programs. Throughout their courses of study, Graduate Center students acquire tools and skills that increase and diversify their prospects for careers both inside and outside the academy.


Research and the creation of theoretical and applied knowledge stand at the heart of the Graduate Center. In addition to more than thirty centers that foster research and programming in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC) extends the Graduate Center’s global reach and prominence as an international hub of advanced study by promoting interdisciplinary research, facilitating collaboration, and supporting students, postdoctoral appointments, and visiting scholars.

Additional Information

The Graduate Center also provides an administrative home for four University programs: the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies; the CUNY School of Professional Studies(including the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies); the Craig Newmark Graduate School Of Journalism At CUNY; and Macaulay Honors College.

The Graduate Center is located in the former B. Altman building at 365 Fifth Avenue, between 34th and 35th Streets, a landmark structure redesigned to meet the specific needs of a twenty-first century institution of advanced learning and to provide public spaces for cultural and conference purposes. The Harold M. Proshansky Auditorium, the Baisley Powell Elebash Recital Hall, the James Gallery, and the Martin E. Segal Theatre are its main venues for a regular and rich series of public programs, performances, and exhibitions.