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BA, Education Studies/MA, Education and Social Policy Dual Degree

Open to students already enrolled in the NYU Steinhardt undergraduate program in Education Studies, this dual degree allows you to earn a bachelors of arts in Education Studies and a master of arts in Education and Social Policy in five years. Undergraduates take courses toward their graduate degree in their junior and senior years and complete the MA in one additional year of study.

Application Deadlines

Fall deadline: February 1
We do not accept Spring start applications.

How to Apply

Step 1: Are you eligible to apply?
This dual BA/MA program is open to currently enrolled BA in Education Studies students in good standing at the sophomore or junior level . Before applying, make an appointment with your Education Studies advisor to review the five-year program and discuss your interests and professional goals. 

Step 2: Learn more about the graduate program
After speaking with your Education Studies advisor, you may wish to learn more about the graduate MA degree. You can email to meet with a faculty member or graduate advisor, as well as find out about upcoming information sessions.

Step 3: Submit your application
The application to the dual BA/MA degree requires:

  • A personal statement that explains your interest in the BA/MA dual degree program (i.e., your career goals and how this program fits into them) - no more than 2-3 pages typed, 800 words or less
  • A copy of your current resume
  • A copy of your transcript (including any non-NYU undergraduate/graduate-level work)
  • A writing sample (6-15 pages, double-spaced, and typed; this could be a paper/essay from a previous class and does not need to be education or policy-related)
  • 1 letter of recommendation (preferably from an NYU professor)

When you have prepared the above materials, please apply here

Step 4: Receive Your Admission Decision
Admissions decisions will be shared in early March. If you are accepted, you will need to submit a change of major form by April 15. This form will allow you to transfer to the dual-degree program.  

Becoming a Graduate Student

Your Third or Fourth Year
In the Spring, you’ll work with your new graduate advisor to register for graduate courses for the upcoming Fall semester. In Fall of your senior year, you’ll attend Graduate Orientation to learn more about the program.
During Spring of your senior year, you and your advisor will submit a Dual Degree Declaration form for you to officially become a graduate student.

Your Fifth Year
Once you enter your fifth year of study (your first as a graduate student), you will need to meet with your graduate advisor to complete the transition. You will then complete the remaining credits for your master’s degree.

Important Information about Financial Aid
Please note that financial aid at the graduate level is different than at the undergraduate level and you may not receive the same aid. In fact, some types of aid available to undergraduate students are not available once you become a graduate student, and you will be considered for graduate scholarships at this time.
To be considered for any type of financial aid (including scholarships), you must submit FAFSA renewal between November 1 and March 1 of your senior year. When submitting the form, be sure to indicate your new status as a graduate student.

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