Master's/Ph. D. Degree Admissions Requirements

Master’s level graduate study is open to qualified students who possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or the equivalent from a foreign institution, and an adequate background in the field of study that they wish to pursue. Normally the equivalent of an undergraduate major in the field is required but the final judgment of preparation remains with the department concerned and the divisional dean. For policies and information governing the Masters and Ph.D. engineering and computer science programs, please refer to the Grove School of Engineering section of the Bulletin.  Applicants will be evaluated based on the following:

  • Previous academic record: a minimum of 3.0 in the undergraduate field of specialization and a 2.7 overall undergraduate minimum.
  • A personal statement.
  • International students whose native language is not English and who are not permanent residents (green-card holders) will be required to submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Department score requirements vary; please visit the Graduate Admissions webpage for more information.
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • Some programs require writing samples, portfolios or auditions.
  • GRE test scores are required for some programs. Contact the Office of Admissions for further information.
  • Application procedures.

For further information on admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Science or the Grove School of Engineering contact:

The City College of New York

Office of Admissions

Wille Administration Building, Room 101

160 Convent Avenue

New York, NY 10031

Telephone: 212-650-6977

Information and applications for Architecture and Education programs may be obtained from:

School of Architecture

Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture

141 Convent Avenue, Room 120

New York, NY 10031


School of Education

School of Education

NAC 3/223A

160 Convent Avenue

New York, NY 10031


To apply for admission to a City College Graduate program, submit the following information:

  • An online application for Graduate Admission with a $125 non-refundable fee.
  • Of all undergraduate and graduate work.
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • A personal statement.
  • GRE Scores (if applicable for transcripts).
  • Master’s program, required for all Ph.D. programs).
  • International Students Must Have A Minimum Passing TOEFL or IELTS Score (Please see Graduate Admissions webpage for more information).
  • Some programs require writing samples, portfolios, and/or auditions. Please consult the Office of Admissions for the requirements of the program in which you are seeking admission.

Admissions decisions are made only after receipt of all valid credentials. The Office of Graduate Admissions encourages applicants to apply early. International students should apply a minimum of six months prior to the semester of enrollment. 

Admissions decisions are made by the Graduate Admissions Committee of the department and the divisional dean. Students may be admitted to the graduate program as fully matriculated or matriculated with conditions. Matriculant conditional students must fulfill requirements as specified by the academic department.

Application Deadline Dates

Please refer to the college website for the most up to date information on deadline dates,

Applications received and completed after the deadline dates cannot be guaranteed a review and will be considered for the subsequent semester. Postponements cannot be made for the following programs: Fine Arts (Studio Art), Media Arts Production, and all PhD programs in Engineering. Applicants who cannot enroll after acceptance will be required to reapply for the next admissions cycle.

Official offers of admission are made by the divisional dean of each division or school. Admission is only for the semester requested. Formal requests for postponements should be made in writing to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

CUNY requires new students to pay a commitment deposit beginning Spring 2011

On June 28, 2010, the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York approved the implementation of a non-refundable commitment deposit of $100 for undergraduate students, and $250 for students in masters and professional programs, indicating their intention to enroll in such programs. This commitment deposit will be applied toward tuition upon enrollment. Students receiving full financial aid will receive a refund of the deposit upon final confirmation of aid eligibility.

Payment of the commitment deposit will ensure priority scheduling for orientation and registration.

The commitment deposit is due on December 15 (for Spring semester), May 1 (for Fall semester) or fifteen days after the date of the admission letter (whichever is later).

Please submit a money order or personal check (drawn on a U.S. bank) for this amount made payable to The City College of New York by the date indicated above to:

Office of the Bursar, Commitment Deposit

Wille Administration Building, Rm. A-103

The City College of New York

160 Convent Avenue

New York, NY 10031

Cash payments will also be accepted in person at the above location (do not send cash through the mail). The Commitment Deposit will be waived for students who file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $3,000 or less. SEEK students, staff members receiving tuition waivers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, Ph.D. candidates, as well as graduate students enrolling in the Rockland Teacher’s Center or NYC Teaching Fellows Program are not required to pay the commitment deposit. Deposit waivers based on financial hardship will be considered based on demonstrated financial need. Students will be required to document the hardship by submitting a letter of explanation along with supporting documentation to the college’s Tuition Refund Committee at the Office of the Registrar, Wille Administration Building, Rm. 102.