Graduate Application Guide

Science Education: Clinically Rich Integrated Science Program

We are no longer admitting students to this program. Please see our new Teacher Residency program, an MAT in Secondary Education that leads to eligibility for initial certification in teaching science to students in grades 7-12. 

Prepare for a career as a science teacher in urban public schools. This one-year, full-time teacher residency program immerses you in a science classroom for an entire school year. You will spend four days a week in a closely mentored teaching residency placement at a Manhattan secondary school, integrating theory, practice, and content into your daily teaching learning and experiences, and progressing to co-teaching two science classes.

This master of arts program leads to eligibility for initial New York state certification in Teaching Biology, Chemistry, or Physics for grades 7-12.

Academic Plan Code: CRSP

Degree: MA

Area of Study: 

  • Teaching Biology, Grades 7-12
  • Teaching Chemistry, Grades 7-12
  • Teaching Physics, Grades 7-12  

Credits: 35

Academic Load: Full-time only.

Application Deadlines
Fall: N/A
Spring: N/A
Summer: N/A

Program Information
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Admissions Requirements

CRISP fellows spend three weeks in July followed by a full school year in a mentored teacher residency placement. This program is available for full-time study only. When considering CRISP, it is important that you are interested in teaching in New York City or New York State after you complete your graduate studies. 

To apply, you must have:

  • Completed a bachelor's degree with a strong overall grade point average and a minimum 3.0 GPA in the content area of study: biology, chemistry, or physics
  • Completed a major in science in your undergraduate program or the equivalent of 30 total science credits in undergraduate or graduate coursework, with at least 18 in your specific science content area
  • Successfully completed study (3 semester hours or more) at the college level of a foreign language or American Sign Language

See more on content core requirements and admissions requirements for CRISP

The Admissions Committee performs a full transcript review to evaluate courses appearing on all college transcripts. Advanced Placement (AP) and CLEP credits are included in the review. Therefore, it is important to provide official transcripts from all institutions attended. Failure to provide an official transcript from institutions listed on your current transcript as transfer credits will significantly delay the application process.

Any deficiencies in the teacher certification core content requirements may be fulfilled by enrolling in college-level courses at any accredited college or by completing approved CLEP exams. Courses must bear academic credit and show a grade, equivalent to "C" or better for consideration. Pass/Fail courses are not considered. See more information about CLEP exams.

Unfortunately, NYU Steinhardt cannot perform a transcript review prior to you applying to our program.  Transcripts will be reviewed in detail, as part of the application process, by the Admissions Committee.

We review all applications individually and holistically, but our expectation is that successful candidates for admission to any NYU Steinhardt MA program in teacher education will have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate grade point average. Special consideration may be granted to strong candidates with a GPA below 3.0.

How to Apply

These instructions and requirements are for all applicants. If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, please read the special instructions for international applicants.

1. Prepare Your Application

Your application will require the following items. The following are acceptable document types for uploads: .pdf, .jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .tiff, .png, .doc, .docx, and bitmap.


You are required to upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae as part of your application. 

Statement of Purpose

You are required to upload a typed, double-spaced, two- to three-page statement explaining your purpose in undertaking graduate study in this particular program as part of your application. 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.

Please indicate why you would like to be considered for the CRISP program.

Additional Statement

Tell us about how you have been engaged in science in high school, college, or since graduation – in school, after school, or as a volunteer; and any special science awards or honors.

Letters of Recommendation

Submit two letters of recommendation. Be sure to request them well in advance of the deadline. Read detailed instructions.


Upload one official copy of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended. Make sure to request them in advance of the deadline. See detailed instructions.


New York State now requires that candidates for teacher education and educational leadership programs leading to certification submit standardized test scores as part of the application process.

If you are applying for Summer 2016 or Fall 2016 admission and have already taken either the GRE or Miller Analogies Test (MAT), please submit your official scores with your application. As with all materials you submit, your GRE or MAT test scores will be viewed in a holistic light, and will not outweigh other indicators of your academic and personal qualifications to be a teacher or school leader. If you are admitted and choose to enroll at NYU Steinhardt in summer or Fall 2016 and have not yet taken one of these exams, we will ask you to submit your official GRE or MAT test scores no later than October 15, 2016. See how to submit scores for the GRE and the MAT

Applicants for Spring 2017 and thereafter must submit official scores from the GRE or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) by the application deadline. (Updated 01/26/16)

Proficiency in English


2. Apply


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After you fill in and upload the required information, you can submit your completed application. Your application must be completed, dated, electronically signed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST of the stated deadline.

Application Fee

You will be prompted to pay a $75 application fee, payable by major credit card only. After submitting your payment, you will see your application status change from “saved” to “submitted.” Please print this screen for your records, as it confirms that your application has been successfully sent to our school. If you have problems submitting your payment, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. Learn more about our fee waiver policy.

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. Any mailed 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.

Application Policies

Application deadlines are "in-office" deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline, and we reserve the right to return any application that arrives after the deadline. Only completed applications will be considered. Should a deadline fall on a weekend, the in-office deadline will be the next business day. We advise you to apply early.

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 its decision.

Deferral policy: NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals. Applicants who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply by submitting a new application with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendations, by the application deadline.


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.