Life as Doctoral Student



Many doctoral students are expected to serve as teaching assistants (T.A.). This is an excellent opportunity for students to hone their skills in teaching and presenting. They work collaboratively with the instructor in varying tasks including course administration, teaching, grading, and course design. T.A.s from the department have won a number of outstanding awards recognizing their excellence in service.



The ultimate goal for a student in the doctoral program is to write a dissertation in collaboration with a faculty advisor. By the end of the first year, or, start of the second year, each student should find a doctoral advisor, who will assume primary responsibility for advising and evaluation. However, the entire faculty will continue to monitor each student's progress, and other faculty members will be available to give guidance.

At times, students may conduct research with more than one faculty member and are encouraged to interact with a broad range of faculty and students in the research community.


Office Space

Each funded student will be given a designated desk in a shared office. The doctoral offices are located in the same area as faculty offices in order to facilitate collaboration.



Many doctoral students live within walking distance from campus. Upon acceptance, the department and Graduate Students Office will work with students to apply for housing.

Social Life

Social Life

Our Doctoral students are a close-knit community, taking advantage of the hundreds of fun possibilities New York City has to offer. Together, they take hiking trips, host barbeques for the incoming class along the Hudson, organize board game nights, battle each other in laser tag, paintball and show off their artistic side at Paint Nights with the department. Apart from this, the department frequently curates events for the students, faculty and staff to kick back and relax from academic life- happy hours, bowling venues, arcade games, Halloween costume parties (with prizes!) and thesis defense parties. The students also enjoy a wide range of interests and hobbies- from sporting events, Broadway shows and exploring the city.