MA and Dual MA in Education and Jewish Studies

Admission Requirements

Please note: The MA and Dual MA programs in Education and Jewish Studies are not accepting applications for the 2016-17 academic year while faculty undertake a review of the programs.

No specific undergraduate major is required to gain admission to the MA or dual MA programs, but applicants should demonstrate a commitment to a career in the field of Jewish education, and an understanding of the aims and content of the program.

All applicants to the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development are evaluated based on the relevance and quality of prior professional work, prior academic achievement, Grade Record Examination scores, letters of reference, and a personal statement. The personal statement must demonstrate a commitment to a career in this field, and an understanding of the aims and content of the program.

The Education and Jewish Studies MA admissions application package must include a completed NYU Steinhardt graduate admissions application, a resume/curriculum vita, official Graduate Record Exam score report, official transcript(s), a statement of purpose/personal statement, and three letters of recommendation.  Please note that materials should be accompanied by a Document Cover Sheet.  You can read more about the required application package here.

Applicants to the MA and the dual MA programs should specify in their admissions essays their intended area of specialization in education: Teaching and Learning, Leadership and Administration, Foundations of Education, or Applied Psychology.

Applicants to the dual MA program must submit complete and separate applications to both the Steinhardt School and the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies through the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science and must meet the respective admissions standards for each program. No special admissions standards will apply to dual degree applicants. A student will qualify for the dual degree program only once admitted to NYU Steinhardt and the Skirball Department. Applicants to the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies are evaluated according to prior academic achievement, letters of recommendation, Graduate Record Examination scores, and a personal statement.  Please note that at least two letters of recommendation for your Skirball application must be academic.  GSAS prefers recommendations from instructors familiar with your work in the field in which you expect to study.  If you have been out of school for some time, a letter from a supervisor or employer should be provided.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept any substitutions for the GRE score.  The GRE is required. 

International students are advised to familiarize themselves with special instructions from NYU Steinhardt and GSAS

It is acceptable to use the same letters of recommendation for both applications, but please tailor your personal statements to the respective schools.  The themes may be the same, but the Steinhardt application should highlight your professional experiences and aspirations, whereas your GSAS statement should focus on your intellectual and academic area of interest. 

Learn more about admissions at Steinhardt and GSAS

Applicant finalists may be invited for an interview by the program faculty.