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Through its graduate programs, Lehman College offers qualified students the opportunity to pursue the advanced study of academic disciplines in breadth as well as in depth. Emphasis is placed on scholarship, original work, and research and professional training.

The College offers over forty master's degree programs in arts and sciences and in professional studies. Graduate enrollment is approximately 2,000 students of a total Lehman student body of almost 12,000. Most graduate students attend part-time, combining graduate study with a regular job or career. Graduate courses are generally scheduled late in the day to facilitate attendance. An increasing number of graduate programs offer students the opportunity to take some coursework online or in a hybrid format.

Lehman College offers Master of Arts (M.A.) and Science (M.S.) degrees in a variety of disciplines including, Master of Science in Education (M.S. Ed.), Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.), Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.), Master of Social Work (M.S.W.), and Master of Science in Geographic Information Science (M.S. GISc) The following doctoral programs are offered: Organizational Leadership, Development and Change, Doctor of Education (E.D.D.), Family Nurse Practitioner, Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.), and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.).

The College also offers advanced certificates in Geographic Information Science (GISc), and Health Education, among others. Lehman faculty participate in most City University doctoral programs. In association with the New York Botanical Garden, a plant sciences subprogram in the University doctoral program in biology is based at Lehman College. A full list of graduate programs is available from the Programs tab.