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Graduate Programs in Liberal Arts and Science

The College of Liberal Arts and Science has long recognized the need and value of graduate studies for students, for the college, and for the community. The first course of study in the liberal arts and science leading to the earned master’s degree (Psychology) was introduced in 1944. Subsequently, a comprehensive survey confirmed the need for the expansion of graduate work. A Division of Graduate Studies was established in 1951 and a second master’s program (in International Relations) was inaugurated in that same year. As the need for additional programs developed, particularly after The City University came into being in 1961, the College extended its master’s offerings to include most of the disciplines in the arts and sciences, as well as several interdisciplinary programs. The College of Liberal Arts and Science offers master’s degrees in approximately 24 fields of study. Several of these programs are offered in cooperation with one or more of the other senior colleges of the City University or with The City University Graduate School. In 1962, The City University introduced its first doctoral programs; since then many others have been instituted. The City College fully participates in these programs. In several graduate programs, the master’s course of study is the same as the first year of doctoral work and students in the master’s program may be admitted to the Ph.D. program with advanced standing.


The graduate programs offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Science emphasize the standards of excellence and scholarship historically associated with The City College. The work of the College is animated by the ideals of scholarship and re-search, and prepares highly qualified students for careers in the learned professions, in the performing and visual arts, speech, creative writing, for government service, for positions in private industry, labor and welfare agencies, and for further study and research.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions policies for the various departments within the College of Liberal Arts and Science are described below. Additional information is available at