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Requirements + Deadlines

The Fall 2023 MA Application is now open. 

The deadline for the MA Application has been extended to April 1, 2023

Requirements for MA Applicants


Candidates for admission to Gallatin are evaluated on the basis of their academic and professional background as well as on their potential to succeed in an individualized program of study of either a professional, scholarly, or creative nature. We consider the candidate’s academic record, professional experience (if relevant), Statement of Purpose, and letters of recommendation. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited undergraduate institution or the equivalent international credential is required.

Credentials should be uploaded to the online application. Please refer to the application instructions for more information.

All credentials must be received by the deadline for which you are applying. 

If you are unable to upload your transcripts or letters, please have them mailed to:

Office of Enrollment Management
Gallatin School of Individualized Study
New York University
1 Washington Place - 8th Floor
New York, NY 10003-6806
Attn: John Bradley

Supplementary Materials 

If you are proposing a concentration that includes a substantial writing component, you are strongly encouraged to upload an academic or creative writing sample, of no longer than 15 pages, by clicking the Academic Writing Sample option on the left-hand navigation bar within the online application.

If you would like to submit other supplemental materials such as artistic portfolios, videos, etc., please upload them to the online application. For images, please assemble your portfolio into a pdf. You may need to reduce the size of your file for the purposes of the upload. If you have multiple media files, please use the space provided to link to a website which contains your work. If you do not have a website, linking to a folder on a program such as dropbox is an acceptable alternative.

If you have questions about supplemental materials please contact  John Bradley via email.  

Standardized Test Scores

The Gallatin School does not require standardized test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), but applicants who have taken such examinations may submit their scores.


January 15 Financial Aid Priority Deadline
January 15 Dean's Graduate Scholarship Application Deadline
January 15 NYU Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship Program Application Deadline
January 15 Graduate Assistant (GA) Position Deadline
January 15 International Student Application Deadline
March 1 Final Application Deadline
March 15 Recommended Deadline for FAFSA submission

Please note: Applications received after the final deadline will be considered at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.


Spring and Summer Admission

On a few rare occasions, we are able to accommodate spring or summer admission for students who apply as (and will remain) part-time students for the entire length of their time in the program, but it is very exceptional. Because of the way the curriculum is designed, if a student starts in the spring as a full-time student, or starts as a part-time student in the spring but intends to become full-time at some point, the sequential rhythm of the core requirements will be thrown off. To optimize student success and outcomes, it is important to ensure that everyone stays on track with the core requirements and is able to complete them in the right sequence. A fall only admissions cycle helps ensure a smoother experience for our student body.