MA Programs - Orientation


It is with great pleasure that we congratulate you on your acceptance and welcome you to the Department of Applied Psychology at NYU Steinhardt!  Your academic record and professional experience demonstrate that you will be a valuable addition to our department and the entire NYU community.  Your NYU experience will bring you many opportunities inside and outside of the classroom. 

This online orientation has been developed to introduce you to the department, program curriculum, advisement and registration details, and various department, university, and community resources.  Upon conclusion of this orientation, you will be able to register for your classes.  It is important that you carefully read through the information included in this orientation! 

Much of the information provided in this presentation comes from your program handbook.  Your NYU NetID and password are necessary for login.  Students are required to be familiar with the policies presented in the handbook; therefore, it is essential that you read through it and either download the handbook or keep the link bookmarked.  An updated version will be posted in July, so please be sure to check back then!

In addition to this online orientation, please plan to attend a welcome reception on the first day of classes, September 5.  At this reception, you will have a chance to meet your peers, program administrators, and faculty.  Details will be emailed later this summer.

For information about school-wide orientation sessions and other details about getting started at NYU, please visit NYU Steinhardt's orientation page.  

International students should review the international orientation pages

The adviser-student relationship is one taken seriously by the department and the school.  Please take the time to review the Guiding Principles of Advisement.  The adviser and administrators within the department are always available to support you during your time here in the program, and, with that, we expect you to take responsibility for your experience!

+ Preparing for September

NYU Home

NYUHome is a portal to a wide variety of resources and tools that you will need to access during your time at NYU.  From there, you can find links to your email, NYUClasses, the NYU Housing Registry, and much more.

If you haven’t already, you’ll need to activate your NetID and NYUHome by going to the ITS “Start” page ( and following the instructions.  You can enter the NetID provided to you with your acceptance or, if you are unsure, you can click on “Don’t know your NetID?” and follow the online instructions.  If you need assistance in setting up your NYUHome page, please visit


With your picture on the front and your account information magnetically encoded on the back, the NYUCard functions as your official university identification card!  It instantly identifies you as a fully privileged member of New York University and should be carried with you at all times.  Your card will include the following important information: NetID, University ID, and library barcode.

More than an identification card, the NYUCard is an essential part of campus life at New York University. You'll use it for everything from checking out books in the libraries to accessing Coles Sports Center. As a debit card, you can use the NYUCard for making purchases in NYU bookstores, campus dining facilities, select vending machines, and other on-campus locations, as well as at participating off-campus merchants. Your NYUCard also makes you eligible for student discounts at various museums, movie theaters, on-and-off Broadway theaters, and other cultural attractions in New York City. Some neighborhood businesses offer discounts if you show your NYUCard when making a purchase.

The NYUCard Center is located at 7 Washington Place, on the corner of Mercer Street. Information about NYUCard services, such as Campus Cash, account information, and vendors, can be found at To obtain your NYUCard, bring a state-issued Photo-ID (Driver’s License, Passport, State Identification Card) to the NYUCard Center. Before visiting the NYUCard Center, you will want to verify your eligibility.

Email, Communication, and Technology

The program administration shares a significant amount of information via email.  Students are expected to read their email regularly.  Please save emails sent to you from the academic adviser and department officials; many questions can be answered by re-reading these emails!  Students are expected to check their NYU email accounts daily (at a minimum).  Students who do not want to check multiple email accounts should forward their NYU email to an account that they check regularly. 

Please be sure to include your University ID # (the nine-digit number that begins with “N”) when emailing the academic adviser or other department administrators.  If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to email us, but avoid responding to listserv emails if your question is not relevant to the original email sent.  As a student in a professional program, it is expected that your emails exhibit a professional tone.  Use proper punctuation and grammar and include as much information as possible (state which program you are in, as well as any information that relates to your question). Often, emails sent via cell phone do not contain the sender’s name, so be sure to sign emails with your first and last name if you are sending an email from your phone.

Students are required to subscribe to their program's listserv, which is comprised of current students, alumni, faculty, staff, and interested community members.  This listserv is an important form of communication between the department and students.  Course information, job postings, and professional development opportunities are often shared on this listserv.  Sign-up for the listserv by visiting: MA Listserv, choose your program and then follow the appropriate link.

Electronic devices such as laptops or tablets may be permitted with instructor approval when used for instructional purposes (e.g., notetaking).  It is inappropriate to read/send email, look at websites or Facebook, etc. during class, and if the instructor detects inappropriate use, he or she can require you to shut off your device.  Students are prohibited from using electronic devices such as cell phones, smartphones, MP3 players, and similar portable devices while in class.  Use of these devices during class time is disruptive to the instructor and the class. 

Albert/Course Registration

From your NYUHome page, you can access Albert.  Within Albert, you can use the “Student Center” to view your account information and academic history, do a course search, and register for classes.

When conducting your course search, you’ll want to make sure that your courses begin with APSY-GE 2XXX; this is the course number.  MA students take courses at the 2000-level.  In addition to the course number, there is a section number.  Every course section is assigned a class number.  This class number is specific to that course section and is what is used to register for a class; the class number changes for each registration period.  You will need to input the class number into your “Shopping Cart” to register.  When registering, be sure to confirm that the courses in your shopping cart are correct, and click to finish enrolling.  You have not added the class until you see the word “Success.”

For help in course searches, visit Albert Course Search.  Our department's graduate-level courses are listed under Programs in Applied Psychology-GE, in the Steinhardt School.  The department code is APSY-GE.  Do not be confused with the undergraduate code, which is APSY-UE. 

Registration instructions

You can also view this informative webinar.

Please note that our department does not offer waitlists for graduate classes. If you are unable to register for a required first-semester course, please contact the academic adviser

+ Additional Information

Academic Standards

The Department of Applied Psychology requires that all Master of Arts students maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA.  Students will not receive credit for any class in which they earn lower than a B-.  In the case that a student earns less than a B-, the student will need to repeat the course. Students taking any courses on a pass/fail basis (e.g., lab, internship), must earn a "Pass" grade to receive credit for the courses.

Cross Registration

Students may take their elective courses in departments outside of the Applied Psychology Department, with adviser approval.  Each department has a different process for cross-registration; it's best to check in with the academic adviser before contacting another department to inquire about registering for a course. 

Transfer Credits

In some cases, transfer credit may be applied for course credit.  Students must provide the academic adviser with a course description and syllabus (if necessary).  The course must be graduate level, cannot have not been used toward a degree, must have a B grade or higher, must have been taken at an accredited institution, and cannot be more than ten years old.  Students may transfer in up to 30% of their program.  In some cases, the department is unable to grant transfer credit.  Contact the academic adviser as early as possible if you have transfer credits

Once matriculated in the program, students have the option to take up to six credits at another institution, by advisement.  It is important to note that students are encouraged to complete as many program requirements as possible at NYU.  This graduate program builds on its courses; pedagogically, it is best to take all required courses through the department.  Students who wish to take a course or two elsewhere must seek course approval from the academic adviser before registering for the course(s).

Study Abroad

NYU Steinhardt provides students with a number of study abroad opportunities.  

For more information about study abroad opportunities. Students may be able to participate in study abroad programs outside of our department, by advisement.

Scholarships and Awards

Each year, the department offers a number of awards and scholarships to all graduate students.  The academic adviser will send out information about these awards/scholarships and the nominating process at some point in the fall semester, so be sure to not miss that email!


Here are just some of the many resources available to you.  You are encouraged to bookmark these pages!

  • Housing: Learn about the on-campus residence halls; direct on-campus housing questions to Graduate Admissions.  For off-campus housing information. Because graduate student housing is limited, most students seek options off campus.  Students can access the NYU Housing Registry via the "NYU Life" tab in NYUHome.  
  • Public Saftey Keep your cell phone number up to date to receive text message alerts and read the website for public safety information and procedures.
  • University Counseling Services:  Services offered include one-on-one counseling, group counseling, self-improvement classes, referrals, and psychiatric medication.
Student Organizations

Student Counseling Association 

The Student Counseling Association (SCA) primarily focuses on promoting and supporting the students' voice and providing social, community, and professional events. Its goal is to serve as an effective liaison between the faculty, counseling students, and professional organizations.

Graduate Student Organization

The Graduate Student Organization serves as the student government for NYU Steinhardt.  Students are automatically members of the GSO.  The GSO provides services and activities to strengthen and enhance the student experience.  

Graduate Student Life

Students are also encouraged to check out NYU's Student Resource Center for information about graduate student life. 

New Student Check List (PDF)

+ Now What?

Complete a quick survey and upload your registration plans using the appropriate file linked below.  

Even though you don't have many options for your first semester, the registration planner form will be used each semester for registration. Your adviser will send you reminders prior to registration each semester, and you will simply need to update the form for each registration period.  Once the adviser reviews your form, the adviser approval hold can be lifted from your account so that you can register (Please be patient; this may take up to two business days). You will be notified via your NYU email account when you are clear to register for classes.

You ONLY need to indicate which classes you plan to take in the upcoming semester.  So, next to your intended fall classes and in the "Semester of Completion" column, type in "Fall 2017."  You don't need to look ahead to the spring just yet!  If you are taking an elective course, please include the course number and title.

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