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Our graduate students are as diverse as the concentrations they develop. Gallatin’s MA Program is comprised of recent college graduates, those interested in changing the focus of their careers, as well as professionals seeking to enhance their existing expertise. What they have in common is the motivation to embrace the challenge of interdisciplinary study and the independence and intellectual curiosity to shape and direct their course of study. Students can attend on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students usually complete the degree in 2 years. Part-time students are given 6 years to complete the degree.

Gallatin’s graduate students work with faculty from across NYU and can take courses in NYU’s various graduate and professional schools. Outside of the classroom, students can further their academic goals by developing individualized projects through independent study, tutorials, internships, and private lessons in the arts. At the end of their studies, students complete a final research, artistic, or project thesis.


Meet Our MA Candidates

Kafia Ahmed

Kafia Ahmed

MA Candidate - Social Innovation and Creative Activism

After graduating magna cum laude from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, with a BA in international studies, Kafia . . .

Philippe Asseily

Philippe Asseily

MA Candidate – Near East History: Beirut Circa 1760

Born and raised in Beirut, Philippe left Lebanon—and the civil war there—when he was a teenager. After graduating from . . .

Shalena Broadnax

Shalena Broadnax

MA Candidate - The History of the City of New York

A Brooklyn native,Shalena was looking for a graduate program that had an interdisciplinary approach to exploring big ideas. At . . .

Kareem Collie

Kareem Collie

MA Candidate - Narrative Theory and Visual Culture

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Kareem graduated with honors from Pratt Institute and went on to a career in . . .

Benjamin Decker

Benjamin Decker

MA Candidate - Interactive Media Studies

With a BA from Harvard in new media, computer science, economics, and psychology, Benjamin worked in corporate strategy at . . .

Steven Galeazzi

Steven Galeazzi

MA Candidate - Innovation in Public and Nonprofit Organizations

Originally from Glastonbury, Connecticut, Steve served as an Army officer in both Latin America and Afghanistan from 2004 to . . .

Morgan Grain

Morgan Grain

MA Candidate - Race and Media Studies

Morgan was raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated cum laude from Florida AM University before moving to New York . . .

Erin Johnson

Erin Johnson

MA Candidate – Urban Agriculture and Community Development

Hailing from the suburbs of Chicago, Erin first moved east for her undergraduate degree at Cornell University where she . . .

Rowan Spencer

Rowan Spencer

MA Candidate - Sound, Music, and Mixed Media

Rowan Spencer is a musician, writer, and mixed media artist who holds a BA in English from McGill University. . . .

John Sumpter

John Sumpter

MA Candidate – Media, Communications, and Social Development

After completing his undergraduate degree at Syracuse University in political science with a focus on Middle East development, John . . .

Kevin Vavasseur

Kevin Vavasseur

MA Candidate – Theater and Media Studies

In choosing the Gallatin MA program, Kevin found a way to coalesce all of his disparate professional . . .