New York, NY
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January 10
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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.

Program of Study

The Ph.D. program consists of a full curriculum of graduate coursework, with a rigorous foundation in the fundamentals of modern physics and a broad selection of specialty electives. However, research is the focus of the program, and during the first year of coursework students will interact with multiple research groups. This experience provides the insight needed to select your dissertation topic and advisor as students enter the intensive research phase of Ph.D. studies in years two through five. (

Faculty and Research Experiences

New York City is one of the world's most energetic centers of frontline physics research. The Graduate Center ( at the City University of New York (CUNY), located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, is a central part of this active community, represented by faculty from various colleges across the University. As a doctoral student in the Ph.D. Program in Physics, students will begin their scientific career in this inspiring environment. 

The Ph.D. Program in Physics is designed to prepare students for a career working at the forefront of experimental, theoretical, and computational research in physics. At the same time, in the world's increasingly interdisciplinary world, many fields look to physicists for their quantitative expertise and creative problem solving skills. The program provides broad interdisciplinary course and research opportunities that will help to prepare students for diverse career options in the life sciences, information technology, media and policy, and even finance and business. 

With over 100 research-active faculty working in almost all fields of physics, the school is one of the largest physics graduate programs in the United States. The CUNY Ph.D. Program comprises eight member colleges, which boast several renowned theoretical research departments and world-class experimental facilities. The faculty are also well funded, with CUNY physics departments drawing over $12 million in grants in 2016. The multi-billion dollar Advanced Science Research Center (, part of the CUNY Graduate Center, houses the most advance experimental and fabrication research facilities in the Northeast. 

In addition to the extensive resources within CUNY, the Graduate Center has close associations with Brookhaven National Laboratory, the American Museum of Natural History, Centers for Computational Astrophysics and Computational Quantum Physics at the Flatiron Institute, several New York area medical research centers, and other major New York universities.

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

Financial Support

Acceptance into the Ph.D. Program in Physics comes with 5 years of support, regardless of citizenship, on a CUNY Science Scholarship--including a competitive financial aid package of $30,000, full tuition waiver, affordable individual and family health-care insurance, and family leave benefits.

Location & Contact

Program in Physics

Graduate Studies
The Graduate Center, City University of New York

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

Igor Kuskovsky

Executive Officer

Phone: 212-817-8651
Fax: 212-817-1531

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
    • Physics Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 8
    • Doctoral Degrees 13
    • 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 Thesis Required
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


32% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 100
    • Accepted 32
    • Acceptance Rate 32
    • Enrolled 21
  • 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 10th Not Reported Not Reported
    • 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 or IELTS

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, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Institutionally-sponsored Loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students104
    • Female Percentage21%
    • Male Percentage79%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students104
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino3%
    • Black / African American2%
    • White / Caucasian34%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian9%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races6%
    • Unknown or International Student46%


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty120
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage12%
    • Male Percentage88%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchCondensed-matter; particle, nuclear, and high energy physics; astrophysics and cosmology; biophysics and neuroscience; materials science; photonics and nanotechnology; quantum information and quantum optics; computational and statistical physics
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported



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