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The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Program in Computer Science

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, 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)

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 6
Doctoral Degrees 6

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline January 8th Not reported Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards April 15

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 2.75%
Black or African American 3.67%
White or Caucasian 18%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 7.34%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Unknown 7.34%


Male (76%)
Female (23%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 56
Part-time - 0
Male (44)
Female (12)

Location & Contact

Address 365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY  10016-4039
United States
Contact Robert Haralick
Executive Officer
Phone: 212-817-8191
Fax: 212-817-1510

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