New York, NY
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January 8
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1 Degree Offered
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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, 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.  Extensive library resources are found at the GC and at each senior college campus throughout New York City.

Ph.D. Program in Computer Science

The Ph.D. Program in Computer Science prepares selected students for leadership in industrial careers and research as well as in teaching and academic research. Ph.D. candidates master the discipline of computer science in its broadest sense, display knowledge of a specialized area, and perform independent research.

Every student who is offered admission to the Computer Science Ph.D. Program will be offered one of the following Fellowships: Graduate Center Fellowship, in-state or out-of-state. tuition as appropriate plus $26,000 for five years; a two year Science Fellowship that covers in-state tuition plus $25,000 for two years with the remaining three years covered by your faculty sponsor;  or a five year Tuition Fellowship that covers in-state or out state tuition as appropriate.

Research Areas

The Graduate Center is a national and international center of learning and research. The rich research culture is prominent throughout the Computer Science program. Computer Science faculty members are internationally recognized for their research contributions in the following specializations: Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, Communication Networks and Computer Systems, Computational Biology, Computational Science and Modeling, Computer and Network Security, Data Science, Logic, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Signal/Image Processing, and Theory.

Wealth of Opportunities in New York City

New York City is one of the nation's leading high-tech hubs, offering a wide range of research, business, and teaching opportunities. The PhD program in Computer Science works as a consortium, with most seminars, lectures, and colloquia held at the Graduate Center in midtown Manhattan. Since many of the lab-oriented courses are held at CUNY's senior colleges spread out amongst the five boroughs, students become familiar with the city and all it has to offer.

Admission Requirements

Application for entrance into the PhD Program in Computer Science can be made online only at  Applications for Fall 2018 need to be completed by January 7, 2018.  The Admissions Committee will not review incomplete applications. Applicants must take the GRE in Quantitative, Analytics and Verbal.  Unless there are other exceptional circumstances, applicants should obtain a GRE Quantitative score above the 90th Percentile with a grade point average better than B+ to be offered admission with a Graduate Center Fellowship. The GRE Quantitative score should be above the 80th percentile and a grade point average of at least B+ to be offered one of the other fellowships. 

Applicants can expect to hear a decision in five to six weeks after the deadline.  The Admission Committee will not review incomplete applications.

Any individual seriously considering applying for entrance into the Ph.D. Program in Computer Science should consult The Graduate Center Bulletin and The Graduate Center Student Handbook: both sources provide an excellent and comprehensive guide to Graduate School policy and services. 

Required Documentation

Transcripts, GRE scores (Verbal, Quantitative, Writing), Letters of recommendation from two or three professors, Scores on English proficiency exams (required of foreign applicants)

Location & Contact

Program in Computer Science

Graduate Studies
The Graduate Center, City University of New York

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

Robert Haralick

Executive Officer

Phone: 212-817-8191
Fax: 212-817-1510

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
    • Computer Science Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 6
    • Doctoral Degrees 6
    • 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? Not reported
  • 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


28% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 64
    • Accepted 18
    • Acceptance Rate 28
    • Enrolled 14
  • 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 January 8th 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 awardsApril 15
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students109
    • Female Percentage24%
    • Male Percentage76%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students109
    • Part-time Percentage2%
    • Full-time Percentage98%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino3%
    • Black / African American4%
    • White / Caucasian18%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian7%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races7%
    • Unknown or International Student61%


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty56
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage21%
    • Male Percentage79%




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