Humanities and Social Thought (offered by the Center for Experimental Humanities)





Degrees and Fields of Study


  • Humanities and Social Thought

Note: The field of study descriptions may not exactly match the actual program name on the degree that is conferred. Please refer to the GSAS Bulletin section Degree and Certificate Programs as Registered by the New York State Education Department for the actual program name and degree conferred.


Application Deadlines

M.A. Applications

  • April 1: Priority deadline date, fall
  • August 1: Final deadline date, fall
  • December 1: Spring

All application materials must be received by 5 p.m. eastern time on the deadline date. If an application deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal U.S. holiday, then the next business day will be the deadline date.


Program-Specific Application Requirements for Draper

All applicants to the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) are required to submit a complete application for admission. A complete application includes the online application, academic transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, a résumé or curriculum vitae, a Statement of Academic Purpose, and the application fee. Please refer to the Instructions section of the online application for full details. In addition, the department specifically requires the following:

GRE and TOEFL or IELTS: The GRE general test is not required. Either the TOEFL or the IELTS is required of all applicants who are not native English speakers or who do not have a bachelor's or master's degree from an institution where the language of instruction is English. See test score requirements.

Statement of Academic Purpose: In a concisely written statement, please describe your past and present work as it relates to your intended field of study, your educational objectives, and your career goals. In addition, please include your intellectual and professional reasons for choosing your field of study and why your studies/research can best be done at the Draper Program/Graduate School of Arts and Science at NYU. The statement should not exceed two double-spaced pages.

Writing Sample: If you have a good sense of your area(s) of interest, you are encouraged to submit a writing sample that speaks to or reflects your area(s) of interest. It should be 10-15 double-spaced pages in length. Alternatively, you may submit work (creative/professional) in other media that you feel gives the most telling evidence of your accomplishments and interests. To do so, you will be asked to use a URL to point to your work. You will find more specific instructions in the application.


The Graduate School of Arts and Science reserves the right to change this information at any time. This document supersedes all previous versions.


Last updated July 19, 2017.


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