Graduate Application Guide

Performing Arts Administration (AADP-MA) - Master of Arts Program


AADP Performing Arts Administration (Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions). As one of the oldest arts management programs in the country, this program educates prospective and practicing administrators in areas such as the environment of arts administration, development of the arts, marketing the performing arts, and law and the arts. Business courses are offered through NYU's Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Extensive internship options are available. Interviews are by invitation only.


Major Code:  AADP  (Please use this on the Document Cover Sheet)

Degree:  MA

Credits: 48 Credit Program, however, candidates who have not completed Economics and Statistics must take them as part of the program, which make the the program a 54 Credit Program.

The time to completion of the degree program will vary based on the students' status (full-time versus part-time) and the number of credits registered for each semester.  Students have up to 6 years to complete the degree program.


SUMMER N/A                                                                                   
FALL January 6
Deadlines are "in-office" deadlines not postmark deadlines. Failure to meet the deadlines will cause significant delays in processing your application and may exclude your application from consideration. 


  • Application (online only) 
  • Application Fee (payable by Major Credit card only)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • One official copy of transcripts from all institutions attended or attending (see transcript information below)
  • GRE is NOT required
  • See TOEFL requirements information below


  • Prerequistes to study include a course in microeconomics and statistics or quantative methods prior to coming in to the program.  Alternatively, the economics and statistics requirements may be fulfilled while in the program.


Department Name:  Music and Performing Arts Professions


Telephone: 212 998 5424    or    212 998 5505  


The Office of Graduate Admissions requires applicants to upload official copies of transcripts, copies of the GRE, MAT and TOEFL scores [if required], to the online application.   In addition to this, we are requiring applicants to register their recommenders via the online system.  All of these new measures will greatly facilitate the processing of an application and ensure that Admission Committees receive most, if not all of the components for a completed application at the same time. 


Office of Graduate Admissions
NYU Steinhardt
Joseph & Violet Pless Hall
82 Washington Square East, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003-6680
212 998 5030
212 995 4328 (fax)  


Most programs have very firm deadlines so it is always advisable to apply early. All deadlines are "in-office" deadlines, not postmark deadlines and it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all materials are in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline. The Office of Graduate Admissions reserves the right to return any application that arrives after the deadline. Should any deadline fall on a weekend, the in-office deadline will be the next business day.  Only completed applications will be considered.


To learn more about scholarships and other types of Financial aid, including eligibility requirements please visit: or click on the Financial Aid tab above.


Online Application:

The Office of Graduate Admissions will no longer accept paper-based applications.  If you have any issues with submitting an application via the online application system, please contact our office immediately.  The application must be completed, dated, electronically signed and submitted on or before the deadline, listed above for the term of entry. 

Application Fee: 
The $75 application fee is payable in the online system by Major Credit Card.  if you are having problems submitting your payment via Credit Card, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. 
Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement:
A typewritten, double-spaced, two- to three-page statement explaining your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your particular program. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself and to inform the Admissions Committee about your goals, interests, and career plans as they relate to your intended academic pursuits.  Some programs require other statements and essays in addition to or in lieu of  the statement of purpose.  Please review the requirements for your program listed above.
A copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae.

The Office of Graduate Admissions now requires applicants to upload one (1) official transcript from EVERY postsecondary school attended to the online application.  Web printouts of an unofficial transcript is not acceptable. 

For more information about this: please visit the Transcript - FAQ page

GRE Scores (if required) - [ETS Institution Code: 2556]:
The official GRE scores must be on file by the deadline before your application can be reviewed. GRE scores are valid for 5 years.   The GRE must be taken again if your GRE scores are older than 5 years.

If the GRE is required for your program you must submit your GRE scores in two formats:     

  1. An official GRE score report must be sent to NYU Steinhardt from ETS.  NYU Steinhardt's ETS institution code is 2556; a departmental code is not required. Visit for more information about the exam.
  2. A copy of your GRE score report must be uploaded into the online application under the "GRE Upload" section.  Web printout or screenshot acceptable.
Miller Analogies Test "MAT" Score (if required) - [MAT Recipient/Institution Code: 3160]:

The official MAT scores must be on file by the deadline before your application can be reviewed.  MAT scores are valid for 5 years.   The MAT must be taken again if your MAT scores are older than 5 years.

If the MAT is required for your program you must submit your MAT scores in two formats:     

  1. An official MAT score report must be sent to NYU Steinhardt from Pearson Assessment Miller Analogies.  NYU Steinhardt's MAT Recipient/ Institution code is 3160. Visit  for more information about the exam.
  2. A copy of your official not your preliminary MAT score report must be uploaded into the online application under the "MAT Upload" section. 
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (if required)- [ETS Institution Code: 2556]:

The TOEFL is mandatory for all applicants whose native language is NOT English and did not receive the equivalent of a 4 year U.S. undergraduate education from an institution where English is the official language of instruction.  Applicants holding or completing a graduate degree from an English speaking institution are still required to submit a TOEFL if your graduate education was LESS THAN four years in duration at an institution where English was the official language of instruction. The TOEFL cannot be waived. 

Although we do not have a required TOEFL score, successful applicants score 100 or above on the Internet-based test or 600 or above on the paper-based test.

If you are required to submit a TOEFL score, you must submit your score in two formats: 

  1. An official TOEFL score report must be sent to NYU Steinhardt for ETS.  NYU Steinhardt's ETS institution code is 2556; a departmental code is not required. Visit for more information about the exam.
  2. A copy of your score TOEFL Score must be uploaded into the online application under the "TOEFL Upload" section.  Web printout or screenshot acceptable.

Note:  NYU Steinhardt does not accept scores from other equivalent exams including IELTS. A second level review of English proficiency will take place after admission.  Read more about requirements for Proficiency in English.

Letters of Recommendation: 
You are required to send the number of Letters of Recommendation as listed above. There are no forms available for letters of recommendation.  Letters should come from individuals who can assess your qualifications and potential for graduate study. 

We ask that you register your recommenders or third-party recommendation service
in our online application system. Once registered your recommenders will be able to submit their letters electronically.  This method allows you to efficiently monitor and follow up with your recommenders. 

Note: Once registered your recommenders can submit their online recommendation either before or after you submit your application. It is your responsibility to ensure your recommendations are received by the stated deadline.

Waiving your right of access:  On the online system, you can waive or not waive your right of access to letters of recommendation.  Once your rights have been selected via the online system, it can not be changed, you have the ability to:

  • I waive my right of access
  • I do not waive my right of access

If you are considering NOT waiving your right of access to your letters of recommendation, we strongly urge that you discuss this matter with your potential recommenders. 

Please be advised even if you do not waive your right of access to letters of recommendation, you may only see your recommendations if you are or have been in attendance at NYU Steinhardt.  

For more information about registering your recommenders: please visit the Letters of Recommendation - FAQ page.  


If any materials are mailed to our office for your major/academic plan mail the materials under one mailing using the Document Cover Sheet.  Items received without a Document Cover Sheet  take longer to process and match to your application. 

Please do not mail your materials in binders or folders.


To learn more about special instructions for all international applicants, please visit:  Special Instructions


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Special Notes from the Office of Graduate Admissions

  • PLEASE check the online system to confirm that you have successfully submitted your application.  
  • Due to the volume of applications and related materials received the Office of Graduate Admissions will only contact you if your application was successfully submitted and is deemed INCOMPLETE because of missing required materials.  Otherwise you will hear from us when the Admissions Committee has made a decision.  

Thank you for considering NYU Steinhardt, School of Culture, Education, and Human Development for your Graduate studies.


NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals and the Office of Graduate Admissions is no longer permitting applicants to update their application and application materials for future consideration.  Applicants who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply  by submitting a new application including all of the supporting materials, including letters of recommendations by the application deadline. 

DOCUMENT TYPES for UPLOAD to the Online Application System

-  The following are acceptable document types for uploads:  PDF, JPEG, JPG, GIF, TIFF, PNG,  Bitmap, DOC, and DOCX.