Admission, Registration, and Degree Requirements

The information in the following sections does not constitute the policies and procedures of the Graduate School of Arts and Science, but rather attempts to summarize some of those rules. The official Policies and Procedures Manual of the Graduate School of Arts and Science may be found on its website at gsas.nyu.edu and is the sole authority concerning the rules of the Graduate School. These rules are subject to change at the discretion of the Graduate School of Arts and Science.

Admission

Admission to Degree Programs

The Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) offers admission to applicants who hold the bachelor’s degree (or equivalent foreign credentials) and who show promise of superior scholarly achievement.

Each department establishes its standards for admission. Successful applicants have distinguished academic records, strong recommendations from instructors or others qualified to evaluate academic ability, and well-articulated research goals. Graduate School and departmental application requirements, including testing requirements (the Graduate Record Examination and Test of English as a Foreign Language), are provided in the Application Requirements and Deadlines section of the GSAS Application Resource Center at gsas.nyu.edu. Each applicant is considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status, age, disability, and any other legally protected basis.

Registration at New York University requires notification of admission by the Graduate School’s Graduate Enrollment Services office. Permission to study in the Graduate School of Arts and Science does not imply admission to degree candidacy. Other sections of this bulletin outline degree candidacy requirements.

For detailed information regarding the admissions process and requirements, applicants should consult the GSAS Application Resource Center on the Web at gsas.nyu.edu.

Entering Student Application Deadlines

Consult the Application Requirements and Deadlines section of the GSAS Application Resource Center at gsas.nyu.edu for all application and financial aid deadlines.

Information for International Applicants

The Graduate School expects all students to demonstrate the ability to understand and communicate in English, both orally and in written form. To evaluate proficiency, the school requires applicants whose native language is not English to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The Graduate School recommends that the applicant achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 100 on the internet-based test. The Graduate School does not prohibit applicants with lower scores from applying for admission since many factors influence the admission decision. Some departments or programs in the Graduate School may set a higher TOEFL standard for admission.

Information about the TOEFL may be obtained by writing directly to TOEFL Services, Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, U.S.A., or by visiting the Web site at www.toefl.org. Official TOEFL test score reports are required. When requesting that official score reports be sent to the Graduate School by the TOEFL Program, the applicant should list the Graduate School of Arts and Science, school code 2596 (New York U Grad Arts Sci).

Because English proficiency is essential to a student’s success in the Graduate School, additional testing may be performed when a student arrives in New York. Occasionally, the school requires a student to register for noncredit English courses that entail additional expense and extend the time normally required to complete the student’s degree.

Individuals intending to enter into or remain in the United States on a student or exchange visitor visa must submit appropriate evidence of financial ability. The issuance of certificates for student visas (Form I-20) or exchange visitor visas (Form DS-2019) will be delayed until such evidence is received. If an admitted student’s studies are being financed by means of personal savings, parental support, outside private or government scholarships, or any combination of these, he or she must arrange to send official letters or similar certification as proof of such support, when applying for the Form I-20 or DS-2019, following instructions provided by the Office of Global Services (OGS). Students holding F-1 visas may not work without permission from OGS or the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of the Department of Homeland Security. Employment outside the University may not be used as a means to meet educational and living expenses while studying in the United States.

See also the Office Global Services Web site at www.nyu.edu/ogs.

Readmission and Deferment

In all departments, an offer of admission to the Graduate School permits a student to enroll for the first time only in the term of entry for which she or he was specifically admitted.

If a student declines an offer of admission or does not register for the expected first term, the Graduate School requires a new application. In some departments, the director of graduate studies (DGS) will grant an extension to the student with the approval of the Graduate School. As additional credentials may be required by the Graduate School in such cases, students should consult with Graduate Enrollment Services.

Students who are not enrolled for two consecutive semesters must apply for readmission. The Office of Academic and Student Affairs must approve all applications for readmission for a student to return to the Graduate School.

Admission for Non-Degree or Visiting Students and Auditors

Occasionally an applicant will demonstrate a particular need to study at the Graduate School without entering a degree program. A few special students are permitted to register in GSAS each year as non-degree students, auditors, or visiting students.

Applicants should contact the department of interest before applying, to confirm that special students are considered for admission into the program. International applicants should consult with an adviser in Graduate Enrollment Services before making the decision to apply to be sure that the planned course of study will be appropriate for the issuance of a visa.

Applicants for special student status must complete the application for admission, including academic transcripts that confirm he or she holds a baccalaureate degree. Applicants must meet the same application deadlines as students who seek degrees. Students may enroll for a maximum of 12 points of credit over not more than three consecutive semesters. If an applicant attended an international college or university, the Graduate School will evaluate the credentials for equivalency before granting permission to register. For additional information, refer to the GSAS Non-degree Application Instructions in the Application Resource Center at  www.gsas.nyu.edu/object/grad.app.nodeg.

Non-degree Students

The Graduate School recognizes that students occasionally choose to study without seeking admission to a degree program. If a non-matriculant ultimately enrolls in a degree program, courses taken at the Graduate School may sometimes, but not always, be credited toward the degree.

Auditors

Students may register as auditors in some of the departments of the Graduate School. Auditing requires the permission of the instructor and the director of graduate studies (DGS) of the program. Auditors pay full tuition for courses; no academic credit is awarded, and the work can never be applied toward a degree.

Visiting Students

Visiting students in the Graduate School of Arts and Science must be eligible to register in a master’s or doctoral degree program at their home institution.

In order to register as a visiting student, applicants must secure the approval of the dean of their home institution and of the appropriate department in the Graduate School of Arts and Science. Visiting students are not eligible for any form of financial aid. New York University awards full credit for all satisfactorily completed courses.

Visiting students attending during the summer should refer to the New York University Summer Sessions paragraphs below.

New York University Summer Sessions

The Graduate School of Arts and Science offers a wide variety of courses in its two summer sessions. The first summer session begins in May; the second summer session starts in July The Faculty of Arts and Science also offers opportunities for summer graduate study abroad, allowing graduate students to explore international opportunities while studying languages, politics, and cultures. For further information regarding summer sessions and study abroad, visit the Web site at www.nyu.edu/admissions/summer-sessions/summer-abroad and also at www.gsas.nyu.edu/object/grad.app.summer.

Students admitted to the Graduate School of Arts and Science may, in some cases, elect to enroll in the summer. These students should consult a departmental adviser about registration procedures. Students needing additional information should consult Graduate Enrollment Services at the Graduate School, 212-998-8050.

Visiting students interested in taking courses in the summer sessions should be aware that not all graduate courses are open to visiting students. They should therefore contact the relevant department and ask about specific courses that interest them. (Department contact information is listed for each course on the Web site at www.nyu.edu/summer.) Once they have determined that they can enroll in a course, visiting students must complete and submit an application form to GSAS Graduate Enrollment Services. They must also submit an official transcript from their home institution. Other application materials may be required, depending upon the department. For additional information, refer to the GSAS Summer Session Application Instructions in the Application Resource Center at gsas.nyu.edu/object/grad.app.summer, or call the department. 

Registration

Continuous Registration

GSAS requires continuous enrollment of its students each fall and spring semester until the degree sought is granted. This can be accomplished by (1) registering for at least 1 point (or fraction there of) each fall and spring until the degree is conferred; (2) taking an approved academic leave of absence, except in the semester of graduation; or (3) registering for Maintenance of Matriculation (MAINT-GA 4747) during semesters when no course work is being taken until the degree is conferred.

Maintaining Matriculation by Fee

Students who have completed their course work may register for MAINT-GA 4747 and pay the matriculation fee (in 2015-2016, $425 per semester) and the registration and services/academic support fees (in 2015-2016, approximately $1,000 for U.S. students and $1,180 for international students) through the semester of their graduation. Payment of the fees entitles students to use the libraries and other research facilities, consult faculty members, and participate in University activities. Waivers of the maintenance of matriculation and registration and services/academic support fees may be available for enrolled doctoral students funded through the MacCracken Program during the term of the award and for four semesters immediately after the award term. A waiver of maintenance of matriculation fees may also be available for students whose graduate program requires a period of absence from the campus for fieldwork or who have a well-documented and extreme financial hardship as a result of events beyond a student’s control. For complete rules governing waivers of maintenance of matriculation, refer to the GSAS Policies and Procedures Manual.

Health Insurance

For students who do not have their own health insurance, participation in a University health insurance plan is mandatory. Students must provide proof of coverage to be exempt from participation in a University health insurance plan. For complete information regarding the deadlines for participation and exemption as well as detailed information about the health plans available, call 212-443-1020 or visit the Web site at www.nyu.edu/life/safety-health-wellness/student-health-center.

Academic Leave of Absence

A student in good standing who is obliged to withdraw temporarily for national service, serious illness, or compelling personal reasons may request an academic leave of absence. If granted, the academic leave maintains the student’s place in the Graduate School and assures readmission at the end of the period of the leave. Students on academic leaves do not have access to University, GSAS, or department facilities. For complete rules governing academic leave of absence, refer to the GSAS Policies and Procedures Manual.

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts and Master of Science

Graduate School Requirements:

  1. Completion of at least 32 points of graduate credit (at least 24 in residence at the Graduate School) and a cumulative GPA of B (3.0) or better.
  2. Successful completion of (a) a comprehensive examination, (b) a thesis, and/or (c) an appropriate special project.

Programs may have more stringent standards, including a higher grade point average, a foreign language proficiency examination, and additional course work.

Time Limit for the Master’s Degree: All requirements must be completed no later than five years from the date of initial matriculation.

Master of Fine Arts

The Master of Fine Arts degree granted to students in the Creative Writing program and the Creative Writing in Spanish program requires the completion of 32 points of graduate credit, a special project, fulfillment of the residency requirement, and a GPA of 3.0 or better. As with the M.A. and M.S. degrees, all requirements for the M.F.A. must be completed within five years from the initial date of matriculation.

Master of Philosophy

The Master of Philosophy degree is granted only to students who have been accepted as candidates in a doctoral program and who have fulfilled all requirements for the doctorate except the dissertation and its defense.

Doctor of Philosophy

Graduate School Requirements:

  1. Completion of 72 points of graduate credit (at least 32 in residence at the Graduate School) and a cumulative GPA of B (3.0) or better.
  2. Successful completion of comprehensive or qualifying examinations or their equivalent.
  3. Presentation and defense of a dissertation. The dissertation topic must receive formal departmental approval before being undertaken. The dissertation must demonstrate a sound methodology and evidence of exhaustive study of a special field and make an original contribution to that field. When the dissertation is completed and approved by the adviser and two other readers, an oral defense is scheduled before a committee of at least five members. Of the five committee members, a minimum of three must be full-time members of the Faculty of Arts and Science. A successful defense requires that no more than one member of the committee votes to not approve it.

Time Limit for the Ph.D. Degree: All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed no later than ten years from the initial date of matriculation or seven years from the time of matriculation if the student enters the Ph.D. program having been given transfer credit for more than 23 points. For rules concerning time to degree, refer to the GSAS Policies and Procedures Manual.

University Policies

The following are selected policies of New York University. All University policies and procedures are listed online on the University’s website at www.nyu.edu. For information about the policies and procedures of the Graduate School of Arts and Science, refer to the GSAS Policies and Procedures Manual, available online at www.gsas.nyu.edu/page/policiesprocedures.

Immunization Requirements

New York State Public Health Law (NYS PHL) 2165 requires all students registering for 6 or more credits in a degree-granting program to provide immunization documentation for measles (rubeola), mumps, and rubella (German measles) prior to registration. Students born before January 1, 1957, are exempt. New students should complete the MMR section of the Student Health History form. Continuing students should complete and submit a Student Immunization Record Form (PDF), available at www.nyu.edu/shc/about.immunization. New York State Public Health Law (NYS PHL) 2167 requires that all students registered for 6 or more credits submit a Meningitis Response Form as formal confirmation of their decision as to whether or not to be immunized with the meningococcal (meningitis) vaccine. New students should complete the Meningitis Response section of the Student Health History form. Continuing students should complete and submit a Meningitis Response Form (PDF), available at www.nyu.edu/20shc/about.immunization.

Failure to comply with state immunization laws will prevent NYU students from registering for classes. In addition to these requirements, the NYU Student Health Center recommends that students also consider hepatitis B and varicella immunizations. Students should discuss immunization options with their primary care provider.

Discipline

Students are expected to familiarize themselves and comply with the rules of conduct, academic regulations, and established practices of the University and the Graduate School of Arts and Science. If, pursuant to such rules, regulations, or practices, the withdrawal of a student is required before the end of the term for which tuition has been paid, a refund will be made according to the standard schedule for refunds.

University Policy on Patents

Students offered research opportunities are reminded that inventions arising from participation in such research are governed by the “University’s Statement of Policy on Patents,” a copy of which may be found in the Faculty Handbook or obtained from the Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) dean’s office, 5 Washington Square North; 212-998-8000.

New York University Weapons Policy

New York University strictly prohibits the possession of all weapons, as described in local, state, and federal statutes, that includes, but is not limited to, firearms, knives, explosives, etc., in and/or around any and all University facilities—academic, residential, or others. This prohibition extends to all buildings—whether owned, leased, or controlled by the University, regardless of whether the bearer or possessor is licensed to carry that weapon. The possession of any weapon has the potential of creating a dangerous situation for the bearer and others.

The only exceptions to this policy are duly authorized law enforcement personnel who are performing official federal, state, or local business and instances in which the bearer of the weapon is licensed by an appropriate licensing authority and has received written permission from the executive vice president of the University.

New York University Simulated Firearms Policy

New York University strictly prohibits simulated firearms in and/or around any and all University facilities—academic, residential, or other. This prohibition extends to all buildings— whether owned, leased, or controlled by the University. The possession of a simulated firearm has the potential of creating a dangerous situation for the bearer and others.

The only exceptions to this policy are instances in which (1) the bearer is in possession of written permission from a dean, associate dean, assistant dean, or department head and (2) such possession or use of simulated firearms is directly connected to a University- or school-related event (e.g., play, film production). Whenever an approved simulated firearm is transported from one location to another, it must be placed in a secure container in such a manner that it cannot be observed. Storage of approved simulated firearms shall be the responsibility of the Department of Public Safety in a location designated by the vice president for public safety. Under no circumstances, other than at a public safety storage area, may approved simulated firearms be stored in any University owned, leased, or controlled facilities.

Campus Safety

The Department of Public Safety is located at 14 Washington Place; telephone: 212-998-2222; 212-998-2220 (TTY).

New York University’s annual Campus Security Report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by NYU, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault, drugs, and alcohol. You can obtain a copy of the current report by contacting Thomas Grace, Director of Judicial Affairs and Compliance, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (601 Kimmel Center: 212-998-4403), or Jay Zwicker, Crime Prevention Manager, Department of Public Safety (7 Washington Place: 212-998-1451), or by visiting the Web site at www.nyu.edu/public.safety/policies.