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Application Requirements

Candidates for admission to the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study are evaluated on the basis of their academic records, professional backgrounds, and their potential to succeed in an individualized program of study.

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited undergraduate institution or the equivalent international credential is required for admission to the program.

Additionally, all candidates for admission must submit the following:

  • Completed online application
  • Transcripts (from all institutions attended)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Writing Sample (optional)

All credentials and application materials must be submitted by the application deadline for which you are applying. 



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
February 1 Deadline for FAFSA submission (January 15 applications)
March 1 Final Application Deadline
March 15 Deadline for FAFSA submission (March 1 application)

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.