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Ph.D. Degree Program

The Ph.D. program in performance studies is small and rigorous. It offers intensive training for students who wish to become the new leaders of the field.

The program accepts up to 4 new students a year. All newly admitted Ph.D. students are offered a four-year comprehensive fellowship program that includes full tuition and fee remission, comprehensive health insurance coverage and a stipend.


Students complete 72 points of coursework, followed by comprehensive area examinations and culminating with the dissertation. 

Together with a faculty advisor, students plan a program of study to meet their individual interests and to ensure adequate preparation for the area examinations and the dissertation. 

Thanks to the Inter-University Doctoral Consortium, doctoral students can take a limited number of courses at Columbia University, New School University, Fordham University, CUNY Graduate Center, and Princeton University.