New York, NY
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The Graduate Center - The Life of the Mind in the Heart of the City

A graduate school of arts and sciences, the Graduate Center (GC) is the principal doctorate-granting institution of the City University of New York (CUNY), offering more than 30 doctoral degrees. In addition to rigorous academic training in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences in a PhD-focused, scholarly environment, the Graduate Center fosters globally significant research across the faculty and in a wide variety of centers and institutes. It is an inclusive community of 7,000 students, scholars, and researchers, drawing upon the widest possible range of experience of race and ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, gender identity, age, physical ability, and socioeconomic status.

Program of Study

The Psychology Doctoral Program of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York provides doctoral PhD training in the following 13 training areas:

Animal Behavior and Comparative Psychology Training Area

This training area conducts research on the mechanisms of cognition and behavior in animals and humans through an evolutionary and comparative framework to understand both ultimate and proximate bases of behavioral diversity, cognitive complexity, and communication.

Basic and Applied Social Psychology Training Area

This area provides training in social psychological theory, principles, and methods to produce rigorous researchers who are well versed in the traditional canon of social psychology. The Behavior Analysis Training Area offers study training in the experimental and applied analysis of human and animal behavior including educational interventions; communication, social and affective behavior; stimulus control; intervention with individuals with autism, down syndrome, and other developmental disabilities; organizational behavior management; behavior-based safety; impulsivity; drug addiction and neural mechanisms of learning and motivation; staff training and behavioral self-regulation.

Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Training Area

This training area, part of the CUNY NEUROSCIENCE COLLABORATIVE integrates biology and psychology advancing the frontiers of neuroscience at all levels, from its molecular, cellular and genetic foundation to its expression in behavioral and cognitive processes. Research methods include genetic manipulations, single-unit electrophysiology, behavioral control and measurement, and neural imaging to study neuronal function at levels from the analysis of membrane channel mechanisms, through the genetic control of development, to the study of sensory, motor, neuroendocrine, motivational, and cognitive systems.

Clinical Psychology at Queens College Training Area

This training area provides a broad and general educational experience that prepares graduates for careers as scientist-practitioners in Clinical Psychology. The program emphasizes clinical neuropsychology and the role of neural dysfunction in behavioral functioning and psychopathology within the scientist-practitioner training model using research and evidence-based practice.

Clinical Psychology at John Jay College Training Area

This training area provides an array of psychological services in various professional clinical settings, conducting cutting-edge research relevant to the application of psychological knowledge, teaching psychological principles and practices in academic and professional institutions and settings, and contributing broadly to the development and application of knowledge in the specialty of forensic clinical psychology.

Cognition, Language, and Development Training Area

This training area provides research opportunities to understand the basic processes responsible for knowledge in a range of domains and populations, including animals, atypical groups, and human adults and children studying perception, memory, attention, performance, creativity, learning, decision-making, language acquisition, and language processing by using observation, behavioral and neuroscience experiments, and computational modeling.

Critical Social/Personality Psychology Training Area

This training area has grown out of a long tradition of locally, critically, and politically engaged scholarship rooted in a multiplicity of epistemological discourses, methodological tools, and interdisciplinary membranes that nourish human agency and ethical action. Emphasis includes understanding research in historical, social, and political contexts, and literacy in a wide range of epistemological and methodological traditions, including qualitative and quantitative approaches to research so as to become responsible advocates for change within the discipline of psychology, local communities, policymaking sites and larger social movements.

Developmental Psychology Training Area

This training area studies development across a broad range of approaches to examine cognitive, social, emotional, cultural, physical, and language development in diverse contexts and practices. Research includes on developmental processes in education, community organizations, diverse cultures, digital media, legal practices, and health services, and address issues such as developmental effects of migration, poverty, educational access, political conflict, children's rights, interactions in digital media, developmental disabilities, parent-child relations, and other problems across the life span from infancy through adolescence and adulthood.

Environmental Psychology Training Area

This training area incorporates the physical environment into psychology - related to emerging recognition of environmental crisis--from 'silent spring' to urban decay, adopts field research that would operate outside of the laboratory, the received mode in psychology, where variables can be controlled and manipulated. This training area investigates the messy world of the everyday complex variables of people-environment relationships, and stresses interdisciplinary study as the means to include the many necessary perspectives for understanding the interactions of people and place, while embracing the policy and design disciplines that shape environments.

Health Psychology and Clinical Science Training Area

This training area provides a thorough grounding in an integrated program of psychological science that encompasses health psychology and clinical science, including current theoretical perspectives, the conduct and evaluation of scientific research methods, and the conduct of evidence-based intervention across a diverse set of populations. Training focuses on the interaction between mental and physical health, a focus on the influence of the sociocultural context, and the advancement of health equity from a biopsychosocial perspective.

Industrial and Organizational Training Area

This training area provides training for a wide range of career paths in academic, organizational, and consulting settings that focus on the scientific study of the workplace. Consistent with the model of I/O psychologists as both scientists and practitioners, the program places a heavy emphasis on developing students' research and analytical skills as well as the core skills and knowledge of I/O psychology.

Animal Behavior and Comparative Psychology Training Area

This training area conducts research in legal decision-making, juries, eyewitness identification, plea bargaining, pretrial publicity, false confessions, development & detection of deception, criminal responsibility, neuroscience & law, procedural justice, bias intersecting with race, gender, policing, and sexuality, social (media) aspects of autobiographical and collective memory, investigative psychology, memory distortions in trauma and criminal investigations, child witnesses, developmentally appropriate practices for child forensic interviewing/courtroom testimony, juvenile justice, evidence-based policy reform.

Location & Contact

Program in Psychology

Graduate Studies
The Graduate Center, City University of New York

365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016-4039
United States

Richard Bodnar

Executive Officer

Phone: 212-817-8706
Fax: 212-817-1533

Les Gribben

Director of Admissions

Phone: 212-817-7470
Fax: 212-817-1624

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Environmental Psychology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [Social Psychology ]
    • Social Personality Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [Social Psychology ]
    • Developmental Psychology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [Developmental Psychology ]
    • Experimental Psychology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [Experimental Psychology ]
    • Neuropsychology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [Neuroscience ]
    • Industrial Psychology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [Industrial and Organizational Psychology ]
    • Learning Processes Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [Developmental Psychology ]
    • Basic Applied Neurocognition Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [Cognitive Sciences ]
    • Clinical Psychology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [Clinical Psychology ]
    • Psychology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [Psychology ]
    • Biopsychology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [Biopsychology ]
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 66
    • Doctoral Degrees 46
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees 1 Foreign Language and Thesis Required
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


11% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 795
    • Accepted 94
    • Acceptance Rate 11
    • Enrolled 56
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $125
    • Application Fee - International $125
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 1st Not Reported Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Institutionally-sponsored Loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students428
    • Female Percentage72%
    • Male Percentage28%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students428
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino11%
    • Black / African American7%
    • White / Caucasian52%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian7%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races9%
    • Unknown or International Student14%


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty119
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage34%
    • Male Percentage66%

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