Graduate Schools in New York City
Wanna take a bite out of the Big Apple? Consider going to Graduate School in New York City (NYC)!
Home to the expression “a New York minute” (for its status as the fast-paced City That Never Sleeps), the United Nations, and world-class dining and nightlife, NYC could make a dynamic backdrop for graduate study.
New York City Graduate Schools
M.S. and Ph.D.
written by Rana Waxman
Why Study in New York City?
Graduate Schools in New York City place you in the heart of an iconic metropolis where you can study anything from architecture and arts to business, finance, fashion and innovation. It also has a selection of universities located in and around the city, and is a magnet for U.S. and international graduate students.
The hyperactivity of NYC makes it hard to believe that Lower Manhattan was once a colonial outpost of Amsterdam. The New York City of today incorporates all of those diverse roots and cultures into its modern, lively personality, which blends into a vibrant melting pot of ethnicity and culture.
This melting pot of cultures brings with it a melting pot of cuisines. Enjoy classic fare like New York-style pizza, head to Chinatown for pho and congee, or grab a freshly-baked bagel from a Jewish deli before class. New York City's foodie culture includes an array of international cuisines influenced by the city's immigrant history, as well as modern NYC street food, and haute cuisine from internationally known chefs like Gordon Ramsay, Ann Burrell, and Mario Batali.
Want Indian Food? No problem; head down to the East Village to Little India and grab a curry or something from the Tandoori oven. Craving Korean bulgogi? Go to 32nd Street between Broadway and Fifth Avenue and sample the offerings in Koreatown. You can find pretty much any culinary style and flavor in this town.
Start your search by browsing some popular graduate programs from our partner NYC schools.
DID YOU KNOW?
One survey shows that 24.3% of people over 25 who have higher level education in NYC report they have a Masters degree. i
NYC: Live and Learn in a Global Power Cityii
The sheer size of NYC could either overwhelm or excite prospective graduate students, so the first thing you may want to consider is where to live.
If you do want to live in New York City (and who would blame you?), you need to get to know the neighborhoods. NYC is made up of a collective of 5 boroughs, within which there are countless individual neighborhoods. These 5 boroughs are:
- Staten Island
- The Bronx
Manhattan (New York County) is geographically the smallest and is simultaneously the most densely populated of the five boroughs.
As home to Wall Street, the United Nations Headquarters, museums, Broadway and more, Manhattan is often thought of as the financial and cultural center of the world. Manhattan can be divided (loosely) into Downtown, Midtown, and Uptown.
- Downtown Manhattan is basically anything from 14th Street down to the southernmost tip of the island. If you are "going Downtown," you could be on a venture to the World Trade Center site, Battery Park, City Hall, or the Financial District (Wall Street). Downtown also includes the Lower East Side, SoHo, the Meatpacking District, Little Italy, Chinatown, Chelsea, the Flatiron District, Union Square, and the East and West Village.
- Midtown Manhattan is 59th Street down to 14th Street. It is home to iconic landmarks such as Times Square, the Chrysler Building, the Empire State building, the Theater District and tons of office buildings. It is also famous for the shops on Fifth Avenue such as Tiffany's, Prada, and Louis Vuitton, and renowned landmarks like St. Patrick's Cathedral.
- Upper Manhattan is the northern part of this borough and home to the Upper East and West Sides, Washington Heights, Harlem and Inwood. These neighborhoods are, for the most part, less touristy and more residential. You might go for a jog through Riverside Park or access the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway which encircles Manhattan's riverfronts with car-free bike routes.
Brooklyn (Kings County) is the city’s most populous borough. It features beachfront that includes Coney Island, Brighton Beach, and the Rockaways, while its downtown commercial center is where you could find bookstores, bars, and hip tech start-ups—mostly in DUMBO, which stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. Other neighborhoods in Brooklyn include Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Park Slope (think historic brownstones) , Carroll Gardens, Williamsburg, and Bay Ridge (of Saturday Night Fever fame), to name a few.
Queens (Queens County) is geographically the largest of the boroughs, and the most ethnically diverse. If you are a tennis fan, this is where you will head for the U.S. Open tennis tournament at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Mets fans head to Citi Field. If you arrive in NYC by plane, you will land at John F. Kennedy Airport or LaGuardia Airport; both are in Queens.
Staten Island (Richmond County) is connected to Brooklyn via the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and to Manhattan by the free Staten Island Ferry. Take a ride over and back on the Staten Island ferry to get great views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island (cheaper than the Circle Line cruise!).
The Bronx (Hamilton County) is the northernmost borough. Home to the Bronx Zoo, it is also the location for Yankee Stadium.
Not everyone who attends graduate school in NYC decides to live within the five boroughs, and it's always good to have options. Hoboken, New Jersey—just across the Hudson River from New York City—offers great views of the skyline, and commuters can just hop on the PATH train or the ferry to get to Manhattan. Same goes for neighboring Jersey City.
Commuting gets a little less convenient, but prices decrease if you look at rents in nearby riverside towns like Weehawken, West New York, and Guttenberg, NJ.
Getting Around New York City
New York City grew from the 17th century onwards, which was obviously a few centuries before the car culture. Consequently, it gets great marks as a pedestrian friendly city.
But with a city of this size, public transportation is both comprehensive and extensive. Let’s start with the New York City subway system. Like NYC, it never sleeps, and it primarily serves Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. It also covers Staten Island through the MTA Staten Island Railway (SIR)—although SIR doesn't connect directly to the other boroughs (commuters can take the ferry or drive).
There are 22 numbered and lettered subway routes, and apps like HopStop to help you plan your commute.
The Daily Grind
In 2016, the average weekday subway ridership was 5.7 million, the highest since 1948. Annual ridership was 1.757 billion.iii
There is also a complex bus system and commuter rail (Long Island Rail Road).
You could also get around by taxi or car although it may not be faster, and it is fairly expensive to park (and pay tolls on the tunnels and bridges—not to mention those pricy parking tickets!).
The PATH train (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) links Midtown and Lower Manhattan to northeastern New Jersey – Hoboken, Jersey City, and Newark (including Newark International Airport). Therefore, some students might choose to live a bit further from the city if it is friendlier on their budget.
New York City features a full four seasons. In winter, the city occasionally sees snowfall and temperatures can be chilly. The temperature in January, the area's coldest month, could fall to single digits °F. The Spring thaw usually comes somewhere from March to April, though it waits til May to truly warm up. Spring weather can be unpredictable—and you might need an umbrella or rain jacket.
Summers are typically warm in June to very hot and humid (July and August), and things start to cool down in the Fall months when you might want to reach for a sweater or light jacket.
Discover New York City on Any Budget
There are many ways to explore New York City on any budget. The high-end stuff is fairly easy to find. Here are 10 ideas that won’t break the bank.
- Walkability. It’s free to walk in Central Park and take in attractions such as the Conservatory Garden, The Alice in Wonderland sculpture, and the Strawberry Fields memorial to the Beatles. Other strolls include Washington Park, the High Line, or the Brooklyn Bridge.
- Cycle Through It. Governors Island is a 172-acre island in New York Harbor. Close to Brooklyn and accessible by ferry, it offers 7 miles of car-free biking. Bring your own or rent a bike there.
- Get Cheaper Broadway tickets. The classic way to find deeply discounted tickets is to wait in line, on the day of the show, at Theatre Development Fund’s TKTS Booth under the red steps in Duffy Square (47th Street and Broadway).
- Honor History. Visit One World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial.
- Be Resourceful. A website like Time Out could be a great resource for various events – free concerts, for instance. Or wait in line for free tickets to see Shakespeare in the Park in the summertime.
- Take a Ride. The subway isn’t free but it is pretty cheap. Buy a MetroCard, choose a place to explore, walk, have a coffee, do an errand. For the price of a ride you can be at the beach or Brooklyn's Chinatown.
- Stay Cultured. Some museums have free-entry days or may offer discounts to students. Some of the well-known museums are MOMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Guggenheim
- Audience Participation. There are ticket lotteries for shows that film in New York City, like Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America, and the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. This means you can try to be a part of their studio audience for free—it's worth a try!
- Head to the Library. The main New York Public Library is on 42nd and Fifth Avenue next to Bryant Park. It houses artifacts like priceless medieval manuscripts, ancient Japanese scrolls, contemporary novels and poetry, as well as baseball cards, dime novels and comic books. Take a selfie on the steps with Patience and Fortitude, the famous lions that adorn the entramec to the historic Beaux Arts Midtown landmark.
- Have a Laugh. Check out the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Hell’s Kitchen. Founded by Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh, it is basically innovative improv, sketch, and stand-up comedy. Some shows could cost as little as $5.
Also, if you choose a University in New York City with an on-campus or hybrid program, your school may have guest speakers, lecturers, events and resources. These may also provide some cost-effective ways to tap into the abundant offerings of your location.
Explore Graduate Schools in New York City
There are many graduate schools in New York City to consider. Here is a list of five sponsored universities in NYC. Browse the directory for more options.
- New York Medical College
- Manhattan College
- New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
- New York University
Popular Graduate Programs in New York City
Graduate Programs in New York City explore some of the city’s major industries and disciplines. Business, Finance, International Trade, Tourism, Real Estate, Media, Law, Accountancy, Fashion – you name it and you could study it at the graduate level.
Master Architecture in New York City
While the skyscrapers rule the distinctive skyline of Manhattan, New York City is also noted for its array of architectural styles from Classical to Gothic, Tudor Revival and Victorian. Why not study buildings in a city full of iconic ones?
Pratt, a partner school located in Brooklyn, is one university in New York City with a Master of Architecture (MArch) program. Students could learn about the very brownstones they live among as they study the different praxes that influence architectural design.
Compare this with a Master of Science in City and Regional Planning. Students could develop their grasp of community development, land use, and sustainability issues. NYC is a leader in the construction of energy-efficient green office buildings such as the Hearst Tower.iv
Want to sell, not build, real estate? Consider Pratt’s Master of Real Estate Practice (REP). Students in this program could learn to apply the core disciplines in real estate to develop, invest, and finance housing and urban development projects.
MBA Programs in NYC
MBA programs in NYC provide students with the opportunity to build strong business and management skills. New York City is one of the metropolitan areas with the highest employment levels in business and financial occupations.v
One of the graduate schools in New York City with a Master of Business Administration program is partner school, Manhattan College. Students could enroll on a full- or part-time basis, and might choose an on-campus or online MBA format. Aside from coursework in accounting, data analysis, and stock market valuation, students might look for guidance to secure an appropriate internship.
Compare with a one-year Masters in Finance at partner school, Hult University. Students complete their Masters degree through an immersion in up to three of the world’s most influential cities: Boston, London, and New York. Live and study in Downtown Manhattan where you could get an insider’s look at Wall Street.
MFA Programs in NYC
Earn a Master of Fine Arts in New York City? Whether you are a visual artist, performer or digital media maven, NYC could be a great place to earn an MFA degree. Just think about the backdrop - Broadway and off-Broadway theaters, Carnegie Hall, the Museum Mile, and more.
One MFA program in NYC to think about is offered at partner school, New York Institute of Technology. Their MFA in Computer Graphics teaches how to address complex problems and creative research in design. This includes content, print, web, interactive design, exhibition and interface design. Moreover, students could gain a solid grasp of professional workflow and technical implementation.
Prefer studio art? Compare with Pratt’s (a partner school) MFA. In this program, critical discussions are stacked with broad-based studio and technical electives, collaborative opportunities, and a chosen area of emphasis. Painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture are some examples.
PhD Programs in NYC
PhD programs in NYC are offered in many health and medicine related disciplines, since much of the scientific research in the city is done in medicine and the life sciences. Major biomedical research institutions include Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and Cornell University/Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.vi
One choice could be a MD/PhD at partner school, New York Medical College. Based on their own research experience, PhD students may take as many as three research rotations in the first year. PhD degrees are awarded in six disciplines.
- PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- PhD in Cell Biology
- PhD in Microbiology and Immunology
- PhD in Pathology
- PhD in Pharmacology
- PhD in Physiology
More of a clinician? Study to earn a Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) at New York University, a partner school. Students could build both clinical and analytical skills and may learn to apply evidence to practice while they explore an area of interest. Build knowledge and credentials to define your OT practice in NYC
Choose a University in New York City
It is both fast and easy to find universities in NYC with graduate programs in your area of interest. Filter by degree level, program format and subject to yield sponsored graduate schools in New York City that correspond to your preferences. Then, apply!
[i] towncharts.com/New-York/Education/New-York-city-NY-Education-data.html | [ii] mori-m-foundation.or.jp/english/research/project/6/pdf/GPCI2009_English.pdf | [iii] web.mta.info/nyct/facts/ffsubway.htm | [iv] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City#environment | [v] bls.gov/oes/current/oes130000.htm | [vi] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City#education
St. John's UniversityMaster of Science in Library and Information Science: Archival Studies Master of Science in Library and Information Science: Management Master of Business Administration: Risk Management & Insurance Master of Business Administration: Taxation Master of Business Administration: Interdisciplinary Business Master of Science in Library and Information Science: Youth Services Master of Science in Library and Information Science Master of Science in Library and Information Science: Special Librarianship Master of Science in Library and Information Science: Academic Librarianship Master of Science in Library and Information Science: Public Librarianship Master of Public Health Master of Science in Accounting
Seton Hall UniversityMaster of Science in Accounting Master of Science in Data Science Master of Science in Nursing - Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care Master of Science in Nursing - Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care Master of Business Administration - Finance Master of Business Administration - Accounting Master of Business Administration - Marketing Master of Public Administration in Non-Profit Management Asian Studies Biology Chemistry English Experimental Psychology History Jewish-Christian Studies Physics Public Administration Data Visualization and Analysis Social Work Master of Science Professional Accounting
Hofstra UniversityMaster of Laws in Health Law & Policy Master of Arts in Health Law & Policy
Fairleigh Dickinson UniversityMaster of Public Health Master of Science in Digital Marketing Master of Science in Accounting Master of Arts Mathematical Foundations Master of Sports Administration Master of Administrative Science Online Master of Science in Cyber and Homeland Security Master of Arts in Student Services Administration Online
New York Institute Of TechnologyCybersecurity, M.S. Data Science, M.S.
New School, TheMaster of Science in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Master of Science in Public and Urban Policy Master of Science in International Affairs Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism Creative Writing Design and Technology Documentary Media Studies Economics, MA and MS Fine Arts Gender and Sexuality Studies (Graduate Certificate) Global Political Economy and Finance - Master Historical Studies History of Design and Curatorial Studies M.A. Interior Design Leadership and Change Politics Architecture & Lighting Design Dual Degree Anthropology Architecture MFA Fashion Design and Society Master of Arts in Theories of Urban Practice MA in Global Political Economy and Finance Lighting Design MA Design Studies Media Management
Sacred Heart UniversityMaster of Science: Healthcare Informatics Online Graduate Certificate in Digital Marketing Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner Masters in Social Work - Clinical Practice Masters in Social Work - Community Practice Master of Social Work - Advanced Standing MA in Strategic Communication and Public Relations RN-BSN-MSN - Clinical Nurse Leader RN-BSN-MSN - Nurse Education RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Master of Science in Nursing RN-BSN-MSN - Nursing Management and Executive Leadership Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership Graduate Certificate in Intelligent Computing
New York UniversityMaster of Science in Communicative Sciences and Disorders Master of Arts in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness Occupational Therapy - Doctorate Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance
Northcentral UniversityDoctor of Business Administration - Industrial Organizational Psychology Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology - Trauma and Disaster Relief Doctor of Business Administration - Applied Computer Science Doctor of Education - Global Training and Development Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science Doctor of Education - Sport and Athletic Management Doctor of Education - Learning Analytics in Higher Education Doctor of Business Administration - Criminal Justice Doctor of Criminal Justice - Policing Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology - General Psychology Education Specialist - Learning Analytics in Higher Education Doctor of Education - Special Education Doctor of Business Administration - Health Services Doctor of Philosophy in Education - Learning Analytics in K-12 Education Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration - Criminal Justice Doctor of Philosophy in Education - E-Learning Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration - Organizational Leadership Doctor of Business Administration - General Business Doctorate of Marriage & Family Therapy - Child and Adolescent Therapy Doctor of Business Administration - Management of Engineering and Technology Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration - Project Management Doctor of Philosophy in Education - Global Training and Development Doctorate of Marriage & Family Therapy - General Family Therapy Education Specialist - Special Education Doctorate of Marriage & Family Therapy - Couple Therapy
Christie's Education - New YorkMaster of Arts, Modern and Contemporary Art and the Market Master of Arts, Art, Law and Business
Hofstra UniversityStudents with Disabilities Generalist with Extension in Secondary Education Mathematics Education Marketing Teaching Students with Speech-Language Disabilities English and American Literature Applied Behavior Analysis Community Health Journalism Literacy Studies Rehabilitation Administration Foreign Language Education Fine Arts and Music Education Music Education Industrial/Organizational Psychology Information Technology Rehabilitation Counseling in Mental Health Rehabilitation Counseling Bilingual Education Business Administration Special Education - Early Childhood Special Education Social Studies Education Executive MBA Human Resource Management Teaching Students with Severe or Multiple Disabilities Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Baruch College, City University Of New YorkMBA Finance MBA Management- Operations Management Executive Education Programs MS Quantitative Methods and Modeling MBA Management- Sustainable Business Not-For-Profit Financial Management and Reporting MSED in Educational Administration and Supervision Corporate Communication Industrial and Labor Relations MBA Management- Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management Individual Fundraising Certificate Program Marketing MBA or MS in Entrepreneurship Industrial / Organizational Psychology MBA Decision Sciences Industrial and Organizational Psychology MBA Marketing Master of Business Administration Management- Operations Management Operations Research Arts Administration Mental Health Counseling MBA International Business MBA Information Systems MBA - General MBA
Boricua CollegeLatin America and the Caribbean Human Services
Manhattan Institute Of ManagementInternational MBA Pre-MBA program
Lebanese American UniversityComputer Science Doctor ofPharmacy Business Administration International Affairs
Purchase College - State University Of New YorkMusic Fine Arts Theatre Design / Technology Modern and Contemporary Art, Criticism and Theory
International School of ManagementDBA in international business management IEMBA in international business management PhD in International Business Management
Mercy CollegeOrganizational Leadership Teaching Literacy, Birth to Grade 12 Early Childhood Education, Birth - Grade 2 Adolescence Education, Grades 7-12 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Nursing Administration Human Resource Management Communication Disorders English Literature Childhood Education, Grades 1-6 Health Services Management School Building Leadership Nursing Education Middle Childhood Education, Grades 5 - 9 Occupational Therapy Counseling Marriage and Family Therapy Individualized Certification Plan for Teachers (ICPT) Psychology Public Accounting Business Administration Master of Public Administration in Health Services Management Mental Health Counseling Cybersecurity Bilingual Education
Nyack CollegeEducation Business Administration Counseling Divinity Counseling Organizational Leadership Accounting-MBA
City University of New York (CUNY) Lehman CollegeComputer Science Recreation Education Nutrition Speech and Hearing Sciences Health Education and Promotion History Biology Counselor Education: School Counseling Elementary Education Business Education Reading Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Science Education English Early Childhood Education Paralegal Studies Art Counselor Education: Family Counseling Math Accounting Special Education Bilingual Extension for Secondary Teachers Spanish Music Liberal Studies
Molloy CollegeGraduate Program in Criminal Justice Nursing Master of Social Work degree (MSW) through through the collaborative Fordham/Molloy Program MBA In Business Management, MBA in Accounting, MBA in Personal Financial Planning Education
Ramapo College Of New JerseyMaster of Arts in Sustainability Studies Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Master of Science in Educational Technology Master of Business Administration Master of Science in Nursing Liberal Studies
Queens College - City University Of New YorkGeology Media Studies Reading Teacher Teaching Languages Chemistry (7-12) Initial Advanced Certificate Computer Science Counselor Education School Psychology Social Sciences Liberal Studies Elementary Education (N-6) Spanish Library and Information Science Educational Leadership Physical Education (K-12) Speech-Language Pathology Music Education Teaching Social Studies (7-12) General Science Teaching English Mathematics Music (pre-K - 12) Italian (7-12) Initial Advanced Certificate Childhood Education, Grades 1-6 Teaching of English as a Second Language
Sotheby's Institute of ArtSotheby's Institute of Art - New York: MA Fine and Decorative Art and Design Sotheby's Institute of Art - New York: MA Art Business Sotheby's Institute of Art - New York: MA Contemporary Art
City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of JournalismMaster's Program in Journalism
School of Visual ArtsMFA Art Practice
St. Joseph's CollegeExecutive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) MBA in Health Care Management The M.S. in Human Services Management and Leadership
Albert Einstein College Of MedicinePh.D. in the Biomedical Sciences: Developmental and Molecular Biology PhD in the Biomedical Sciences: Anatomy and Structural Biology Ph.D. in the Biomedical Sciences: Clinical Investigation Ph.D. in the Biomedical Sciences: Biochemistry Ph.D. in the Biomedical Sciences: Genetics Ph.D. in the Biomedical Sciences: Systems and Computational Biology PhD in Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. in the Biomedical Sciences: Neuroscience Ph.D. in the Biomedical Sciences: Microbiology and Immunology Ph.D. in the Biomedical Sciences: Physiology & Biophysics Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D./Ph.D.) Ph.D. in the Biomedical Sciences: Cell Biology Ph.D. in the Biomedical Sciences: Pathology Ph.D. in the Biomedical Sciences: Molecular Pharmacology M.S. in Bioethics
Interboro InstituteLawyer's Assistant (Paralegal Studies)
Iona CollegePrograms in Public Relations History Business Administration Secondary Spanish Programs in Counseling Programs in Psychology Computer Science Marriage /Family Counseling MA in School Psychology MA in Public Relations (NYC) MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology MA in Experimental Psychology MA in English MA in Communication Sciences and Disorders MBA Graduate Studies Spanish Criminal Justice Programs in Education MS in Teaching MS in Public Accounting MS in International Finance MS in Financial Services MS in Finance Mental Health Counseling