Graduate Application Guide

Applying to NYU Steinhardt

Thank you for your interest in graduate study at NYU Steinhardt.

We welcome applications from all qualified candidates who hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. All degree candidates should submit their applications online.

The application for 2017 will go live in early September.

International Applicants
International applicants should hold the equivalent of an US bachelor's degree. An artist diploma is sufficient for international candidates applying to music performance, music theory, or composition programs. See application instructions for international students.

Non-Degree Applicants
Non-degree applicants must submit applications in paper form either in person (preferred method) or via mail. See more information on applying as a non-degree student

Graduate Applicants
To apply, please begin by finding the application guide page for your program of interest and reviewing the specific admissions instructions and requirements: 

Some useful links as you begin the application process:

How to Apply

1. Prepare Your Application
Gather as much information as you can about your program of interest. After reviewing the application requirements for your program, prepare your materials well in advance of the deadline.

Although you may apply to more than one school at NYU, you may submit only one application to NYU Steinhardt. Multiple applications will not be processed.

Other helpful links as you research graduate study at Steinhardt:

2. Apply Online
Begin your online application by following the instructions to create an account. You can start working on it, save it, and use your login information to return to it later. You will be asked to submit the application fee using a major credit card.  

You may need to submit transcripts, a statement of purpose, a résumé or CV, letters of recommendationtest scores, and supporting materials such as supplemental essays or a portfolio. For more detailed instructions, see the application guide page for your program. 

After you fill in and upload all the required information, you can submit your completed application. You will be prompted to pay the application fee by major credit card and will see your application status change from “saved” to “submitted.” Please print the submitted status screen for your records. If your application status is listed as submitted, your application has been successfully sent.

If your program of interest requires standardized test scores, you must request your official scores be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions from ETS. Our institution code is 2556. A department code is not required.

Mailing Additional Items
If any remaining application materials need to be mailed to our office, mail the materials together in a single mailing using this document cover sheet. Items received without the cover sheet take longer to process and match to your application. Please do not mail your materials in binders or folders.

Materials must be received by, not postmarked by, the stated deadline. Only completed applications will be considered and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Due to high volume, we are unable to confirm receipt of mailed materials.


3. Receive Your Admission Decision 
You will be notified about your decision by email. Typically, decisions will start going out in late November for Spring semester enrollment and in late March or early April for Summer or Fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.

Policy on Application Fee Waivers

Graduate application fee waivers are provided for the following groups of candidates:

  • Fulbright or other sponsored student being placed through an agency such as IIE
  • Participants in the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT)
  • McNair scholars
  • Current Steinhardt undergraduate students
  • Candidates also applying to the Bronx VA internship with our MS in nutrition program
  • Teach for America alumni
  • AmeriCorps alumni
  • Returned Peace Corps volunteers
  • Members of the US military and veterans 
  • The application fee poses a financial hardship

During the application submission process you will be asked if you are among any of these groups. Responding yes will waive your application fee. NYU Steinhardt reserves the right to request additional information to verify your status in any of these categories.

Once an application fee is paid, it will not be refunded.