Health Insurance Info

Do you have questions about your health insurance coverage?  If so, please join us for one of our Student Health Insurance Information Sessions (August 9th at 3:00 pm & August 16th at 3:00 pm) 

These presentations will provide detailed information about the New York State Health Insurance Program/Student Employee Health Plan (NYSHIP/SEHP) available to eligible Graduate Center Doctoral Students as well as a brief introduction to the New York State Health Insurance Marketplace. 

These information sessions will be conducted via Zoom and will be presented by the Graduate Center Office of Student Affairs.  Please find the Zoom links and meeting information below. 


Office of Student Affairs 

Student Health Insurance (NYSHIP) | CUNY Graduate Center 


August 9th, 3:00 pm 

Join Zoom Meeting 

Meeting ID: 883 8389 9548
Passcode: 245713  

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August 16th, 3:00 pm  

Join Zoom Meeting 

Meeting ID: 858 9688 0289
Passcode: 973922  

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Welcome from the Mina Rees Library

Welcome from the Mina Rees Library

Welcome to the Mina Rees Library! We’re excited to work with you, and help you acclimate to the research intensive environment of The Graduate Center.

How to get in touch with us? If you have a general or research question, email us at – . We’re also available via live, 24/7 chat reference and one-on-one consultations. 

A Network of Library Access

The Mina Rees Library is truly more than meets the eye. We provide access to hundreds of databases remotely and on-site, including Ebooks, scholarly articles, newspapers, archival resources, and so much more – all tailored to fit the needs of students and faculty.

We’re also part of the larger CUNY system, comprised of 25 campuses across New York City, and even more libraries! Be sure to check whether there’s a location that might suit your needs, on this extensive map of the CUNY libraries. Please note that you may need to request a Guest Login for on-site access to their Wifi and e-resources – there is no off-site access to the databases of other CUNY Libraries, beyond this shared list of databases. 

Using InterLibrary Loan – Often & Always! 

We strongly encourage you to place requests via InterLibrary Loan (ILL), if it turns out we don’t have an item in our collections. Through various partnerships and resource sharing networks, there is access to millions (literally, millions!) of books, articles, and other content formats via InterLibrary Loan. This is a truly excellent way to expand your research possibilities – if you have any questions about how to place an ILL request, contact us and we will happily assist (

Partnership with The New York Public Library & Research Study Rooms

The Graduate Center and NYPL have had a long-standing partnership that dates back to 1968. One of the main benefits for you is the ability to loan books from the three research libraries – The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, The New York Public Library for Performing Arts, and the Schomburg Research Center for Black Culture – for extended loan periods of 120 days

How to obtain these special borrowing privileges? Simply go to one of the three research libraries in person, bring an NYPL library card, and identify yourself as a Graduate Center student (showing your current GC ID). NYPL library staff will issue a CUNY-GC sticker for your NYPL library card that signals these extended borrowing privileges. To apply for an NYPL library card, please see details here. 

Research Study Rooms

Seeking an inspiring study space and additional research support? Check out the NYPL Research Study Rooms, administered through the Center for the Humanities at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 42nd Street and 5th Avenue, in Manhattan. GC doctoral students and independent scholars are eligible to apply, and if you have any questions about the application process, please contact us at ( All GC doctoral students are highly encouraged to make use of this excellent resource.

And so much more…

The Mina Rees Library can assist with questions about open scholarship, citation management, digital tools and projects, and is also home to the Dissertation Office. Feel free to be in touch anytime!

New Student Orientation – Fall 2023


Welcome to The Graduate Center!

The Fall 2023 New Student Orientation 

Wednesday, August 23, 2023 10am (check in at 9am)

ORIENTATION ASSEMBLY Proshansky Auditorium, Concourse Level


For further information, contact the Office for Student Affairs, 212.817.7400 or





Students should check with their academic programs for information on program-specific orientations. 

International students are also required to complete a mandatory orientation session and will receive an email with instructions on how to register for one of the sessions. For more information, please contact the Office of International Students at




Doctoral Certificate Programs at the GC

Although getting  your Ph.D. might seem like enough work (for a lifetime…), the GC offers several unique opportunities for additional bells and whistles to add to that fancy degree, like Doctoral Certificates! These certificates allow you to engage in interdisciplinary research in areas that are related, but outside, your home discipline. These doctoral certificates are approved by the state and give you the experience to work and teach in interdisciplinary fields for which there is no Ph.D. degree at the Graduate Center.

You can earn a doctoral certificate in the following areas:

Each of these programs consists of about five classes, or 15 credits: two or three core courses and two electives from anywhere at the GC (often these come from your home discipline, but don’t have to). Depending on the courses taken and the certificate program, you might even be able to use a cross-listed course twice for two different–yet applicable–certificates! This means that your New American Cinema class might count for both the Film Studies elective AND the American Studies elective! Use the links above to contact the Certificate Program with any questions or for more information.

So why bother? The certificates give you a theoretical and practical foundation through core courses in an interdisciplinary field of interest. In addition, because they are recognized by both the GC and the state, they appear on your transcript, which may come in handy when you’re on the market [for a *fingers crossed* tenure-track job]. Some of these interdisciplinary subject areas are also ones that are difficult to find in doctoral programs (although not impossible), so the doctoral certificate is an excellent way to demonstrate your interest in multiple areas at a doctoral level while earning your Ph.D. in one of the 30+ programs available at the GC. Consider it an enhanced non-related minor in a different discipline.

The upshot: If you have the time and desire, the certificate programs are a great way to broaden your knowledge and credentials to cover a wider range of interesting, interdisciplinary work. You’ll meet people from many different programs at the GC in your core classes, and learn new perspectives and methodologies.

Ask me; I’m earning five certificates, both for my own edification and research, as well as for my future job prospects. It does increase time-to-degree: I’m taking an extra year of coursework to finish everything (plus I came in without a M.A., so I am not as pressed for time as some of my colleagues who entered with one). That said, if you can spare the extra couple of classes, the certificate programs are a wonderful way to interact with colleagues from many different fields and work on complex problems with new, different, and exciting tools.

Gwendolyn Shaw is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Art History Program at the Graduate Center.