Applying to Graduate or Professional School

Career goals , admission requirements, financial aid, location- chances are one or more of these factors will strongly influence your decision about whether and where to continue your education.  Apply early.  Do your research.

Begin your search by compiling a list of schools that offer the program/degree that interests you.  Web sites such as are great resources for beginning your research.  Be sure to talk with your faculty, academic advisors, family, and classmates about your interests in pursuing graduate or professional schools.  They may be able to point you to a program.

You academic advisor, and staff in the Office of Couseling and Student Services, and Wasserman Center for Career Development are available to answer questions or discuss concerns, which may arise as you weigh your options and make plans.

Consider graduate study in the Steinhardt School. NYU undergraduate students represent one of the largest groups enrolling in our graduate programs.  We offer graduate degrees in all areas of education, including teaching and administration, as well as programs in health, applied psychology, media, art and music.  Many of our graduate programs are "entry level", i.e. although a bachelor’s degree is required, that degree does not have to be in the same field you may wish to pursue.

FOR INFORMATION on any of our graduate programs, you may contact the Office of Graduate Admissions.


You will need to submit your official NYU transcript and official transcripts from any other college/university you attended with each graduate or professional school application you submit. 


Most schools require recommendations in support of your application.  The best sources for recommendations are professors who know you well and who can provide an accurate evaluation of your academic potential.  Recommendations from field work/practical/internship supervisors and employers can also be helpful, especially if you have professional experience related to your intended field of study.  When asking someone to write a recommendation for you, it is very important to consider who your recommenders will be.

  • Does this person know you well enough to comment effectively?
  • Will this person write a strong letter?
  • Will this person write the kind of letter you need?
  • Will this person be able to meet the required deadlines?

To assist your recommender(s) in writing about you, provide your recommender with as much information as possible.  It is often helpful to furnish a persona "profile", which includes a record of your academic achievement, educational and career goals, extra curricular activities, and work experience.  It may be helpful to attach a copy of your transcript and resume.  Be sure to inform your recommender(s) of the purpose of the letter (admissions, fellowship, or employment), who the audience will be, and most importantly, deadlines.  Be sure to also provide them with any required recommendation forms.