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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.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Environmental psychology
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Social personality
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Developmental psychology
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Experimental psychology
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Neuropsychology
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Biopsychology
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Learning processes
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Basic applied neurocognition
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Clinical psychology
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Industrial psychology

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 66
Doctoral Degrees 46

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 December 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 February 1
Types of financial support available Institutionally-sponsored Loans

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 10.98%
Black or African American 7.24%
White or Caucasian 51%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 7.24%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.23%
Two or more races 1.87%
Unknown 8.18%


Male (28%)
Female (71%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 119
Part-time - 0
Male (79)
Female (40)

Location & Contact

Address 365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY  10016-4039
United States
Contact Richard Bodnar
Executive Officer
Phone: 212-817-8706
Fax: 212-817-1533

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