Graduate Admissions

Graduate Application Instructions


Applications to master's, doctoral, and advanced certificate programs are handled by the Office of Graduate Admissions.  We welcome applications from all qualified candidates who hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. International candidates who hold the equivalent of an U.S.bachelor's degree are also encouraged to apply. International candidates who do not have the equivalent of a bachelor's but who hold an artist diploma are welcome to apply to the music performance, music theory, or composition programs.

Degree candidates must submit an application using our online system only.

Nondegree/special student applications must be submitted in paper form. To learn more about how to apply and download the application visit our application page.

Our application process is self-managed and the applicant is responsible for ensuring the Office of Graduate Admissions receives all required materials by the stated deadline.  Due to high volume we are unable to confirm receipt of mailed in materials.

Although you may apply to more than one school at New York University, you may submit only one application to NYU Steinhardt; multiple applications will not be processed.

STEP 1: Research.

Gather as much information as you can about the major/academic plan you are interested in.  

  • Visit our Graduate Application Guide for a comprehensive listing of the application requirements and deadlines for your major/academic plan.

STEP 2: Create an application account.

Once you are ready to apply to one of our programs, click on the "Apply Now Online Graduate" link.

New User? To begin working on your application, you must perform the following steps:

  1. Create your own User ID    
  2. Create a Password (8 characters long and contain at least one special character (!,@,#,$, etc) and one number (0-9)
  3. Confirm the password
  4. Provide your Email Address (do not use any email address ending with  Applicants affiliated with NYU must use a personal email address to create their login account.
  5. Type in your First and Last Name

Returning User?  You can use your login information (User ID and password) to access your application.   If you started an application in a previous year, you must resubmit all materials for this new application.

IMPORTANT NOTE(S): Your account cannot be created using an email address.  You may provide one within your application for us to communicate with you, however, your application account must be registered under something other than

STEP 3:  Complete your online application.

Fill in and upload all requested information on the application. 

You can apply to ONLY ONE program at NYU Steinhardt. 

STEP 4:  Submit your online application.

Once your online application is complete, you can SUBMIT your 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.  We ask you print out the Submitted Status screen for your records.  If your application status is listed as Submitted your application has been successfully submitted to our school.

Online applications must be received by 11:59pm EST on the stated deadline.

STEP 5:  Submit your remaining application materials.

If any materials need to be mailed to our office, 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.

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. 

Materials must be received by, not postmarked, by the appropriate deadline. Only completed applications will be considered and reviewed by the Admissions Committee.


  • Please check the online system to confirm you 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.  Decisions start going out typically in late November for spring enrollment and late March / early April for summer / fall enrollment.  You may learn of a decision before or after this general timeline.  Communication from our Office is via email.