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The Graduate Center - The Life of the Mind in the Heart 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 Ph.D.-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.

Program of Study

The Ph.D. Program in Mathematics provides students of high ability and strong preparation with an opportunity to begin study for the doctoral degree either immediately upon graduation from college or after completion of some graduate work in the colleges of the City University or at other accredited institutions.

The program is designed to give students the background they will need to pursue careers as pure or applied mathematicians.

Areas of Specialization

Algebraic Geometry, Algorithms, Analysis and Harmonic Analysis, Combinatorics, Complex Analysis and Teichmuller Theory, Dynamics, Group Theory, Lie Theory, Logic, Number Theory, Probability, Riemannian Geometry and Analysis, Topology, Quantum Information Theory

Path to Degree

The school expects all students to complete all three parts of the First Examination by the middle of September of their second year. The students should be able to complete 45 credits and reach Level II by the end of the second year.

During the third year, students select a mentor who will be willing to chair the Second Examination Committee and assign the topic for the Second Examination. The Second Examination should take place no later than the fourth year. By the end of the fourth, year students are expected to complete the coursework and all other requirements for Advancement to Candidacy. In most cases, the Chair of the Second Examination Committee will become the dissertation adviser.

Thesis research is conducted during the fourth, fifth and sixth year and culminates in the defense sometime during this period.

Learning Goals for each exam and the dissertation can be found here.

Admissions Requirements

Applications are completed online through the Apply Yourself portal where applicants will be required to upload all required documentation. The admission deadline is January 1 for attendance starting the following fall semester.

Required Documentation

Transcripts, General GRE (Verbal, Quantitative, and Writing) & GRE subject scores, 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 7
Doctoral Degrees 16

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? Yes

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 1st 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
Types of financial support available Institutionally-sponsored Loans

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 6.9%
Black or African American 2.3%
White or Caucasian 43%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 8.05%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4.6%
Unknown 11.49%


Male (83%)
Female (16%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 43
Part-time - 0
Male (41)
Female (2)

Location & Contact

Address 365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY  10016-4039
United States
Contact Ara Basmajian
Executive Officer
Phone: 212-817-8531
Fax: 212-817-1527

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