CUNY Graduate School and University Center Graduate Program Reviews

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85%
of students recommend
(3.93 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 55 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Programmatic Accreditation: APA, + 2 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 6,954 (1,795 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 8 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 26% part-time, 74% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $9,373 in-state; $21,313 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

1.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Philosophy
Graduation Year: 2015

The pros are that the program is high ranking and has a lot of well known professors. There is a rigorous academic environment which straddles being fun and exciting and being overwhelming and intimidating. Many of the professors are too busy to be nurturing. Many are also not the warmest of people. I think I would have chosen another school had I to do it again. I chose this one mainly because I felt the high ranking would help my job prospects, but I've been relatively dissatisfied here. This is a good place for those who are very confident and need relatively little direction. It is not a good place if you want to form friendly, personal relationships with your professors.
1.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2014

Some great faculty but only a small number of active and supportive faculty compared to the overall number of students. Poor handling of administrative aspects of the program. Provide good financial support, but the administrative hurdles to get the money are frustrating and unnecessary. Good if you are an older student with existing ties in the academia/criminal justice field who wants to study in the city and is already very clear on what your dissertation will be about.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2014

The MALS Program at the Graduate Center at CUNY allows for a lot of exploration, with the majority being elective courses. The faculty at the Graduate Center is stellar, so you have the opportunity to take advanced classes with excellent teachers and Phd students. The school is committed to providing quality education with affordable tuition.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013

Although I find that funding, institutional and outside, for studies in Master's programs are limited to undergraduates and PhD students, I still believe that the linguistics program I'm in has and will continue to provide me with many valuable skills and preparation for a long term career.
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Chemistry
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: Brilliant Professors, promising research and resources, and in the greatest city on earth. Cons: cost of living in NYC is very high.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2018

Brilliant faculty, most of them accessible. Interesting students. Hippest location. New stipends are competitive. Reasonable workload.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2014

I'm absolutely in love with my program and I recommend it to anyone wishing to pursue a career in journalism.
3.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

The program needs a more selective body of students. The faculty is great.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2014

The Graduate Center at CUNY is an excellent school and is far more affordable than most schools in NYC.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2013

The program is intense and really helps you prepare for the similarly demanding field you get into after graduation. The pros are the tuition - it's a public university, so it's much, much more affordable than Columbia or NYU, with a great set of professors - as well as the program itself, which is great with adapting with the times. The only con is the workload, which is so heavy at times that it feels like you're working for five different news outlets. Sometimes students are stretched too thin and aren't able to give each project the amount of attention it deserves.
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