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Awarding of Degrees

Degrees are awarded three times per academic year. In order for the degree to be awarded (and for the dissertation to be deposited, if applicable), the candidate must meet the following enrollment requirements: for the degree to be awarded in February, candidates must be enrolled the preceding fall semester; for May/June, the concurrent spring semester; for October, the preceding spring semester.

En-route Master’s Degree

The master’s degree is awarded by a senior college or, in certain fields, by The Graduate Center of The City University of New York to enrolled doctoral students who have fulfilled certain requirements for the degree to be awarded by a senior college. These requirements will vary depending on the academic program (consult this bulletin’s section on individual programs’ degree requirements) and any other requirements that may be established by the degree-granting college for en-route master’s degrees. For the requirements for the degree awarded by The Graduate Center, see the individual program listings in later sections of this bulletin. Students must be enrolled and have met their financial obligations to the University. Applying students must abide by the deadline for filing established at each college. Those seeking an en-route master’s degree should have their Executive Officer initiate the appropriate application.

Master of Philosophy

The Graduate Center awards the Master of Philosophy degree (M.Phil.) to doctoral students (with the exception of those enrolled in the Musical Arts or Audiology programs) who are advanced to candidacy.