Degrees and Fields of Study
- International Relations
- International Politics and International Business
- International Relations/Asian Studies
- International Relations/European and Mediterranean Studies
- International Relations/International Law
- International Relations/Middle Eastern and Levantine Studies
- International Relations/Russian and Slavic Studies
- International Relations/Journalism
See also Politics for related programs of study.
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.
M.A. Applications (except Joint M.A.)
- January 4: Fall
- November 1: Spring
Joint M.A. Applications
- January 4, fall only admission
Late applications to the master’s program are considered.
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 International Relations
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 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: GRE general test 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 FAQ.
Statement of Academic Purpose (all programs except Joint M.A. in International Relations/Journalism): The program in International Relations (IR) is interested in training individuals who wish to make a difference on international affairs either through continued academic study or via the actual practice of international affairs in government, the non-governmental or private sector. Please explain in a brief and concise manner how your past studies and work experience relate to a course of study at the graduate level in international relations at NYU. You should include how your educational objectives will help you to achieve your future career goals, and should briefly outline where you see yourself 10 years after graduating from NYU. Please also explain why you chose to apply to study in the IR Program at NYU and how NYU specifically will help you to advance your personal and professional objectives.
Statement of Academic Purpose (Joint M.A. in International Relations/Journalism): Journalism requires applicants to write a personal essay. The essay is an extremely important part of the application, so treat it accordingly. The essay should be 1,000 to 1,500 words in length. In addition, all applicants must submit at least two samples of their work, whether published or not.
The goal of the essay is to give the Admissions Committee a concrete sense of who you are as someone who aspires to a career as a professional journalist, writing and reporting for print, online or broadcast media. It should address the following questions: What do you expect to get from the program? What aspects of your experience are most relevant to your interest in journalism? Tell us about your background--your academic degree, intellectual interests, work experience, life experience, and other sources of inspiration--and explain how this background informs what you want to do as a journalist.
Applicants should also describe their existing "body of work" as a journalist, critic or just someone who writes. We are mostly interested in published work, but if you have yet to break into print, then tell us what kind of writing you have done. What have been your major themes? What issues and phenomena most engage you? What publications do you read regularly and why? Which journalists do you admire, which do you dislike, and which have influenced you?
Please append to your essay a brief statement of your plans for financing your graduate work. This statement must be included, whether or not you are applying for financial aid.
Writing Sample (All Applicants): A writing sample is required. It could be a paper for an undergraduate class or a publication. It should demonstrate the applicant’s ability to analyze a topic insightfully and it should be written in the English language. The paper should be double-spaced and not exceed 3,000 words, not including footnotes/end notes or bibliography. A good paper, well-written and with insight, will improve the chances of admission.
Writing Sample (Joint M.A. Applicants): In addition to the writing sample shown above for all master’s applicants, two different writing samples are required for Journalism. The writing samples need not have been published, although if you have clips you are proud of, please do submit them. The samples should represent your best overall work and your aptitude for journalism. Clips from your college newspaper, personal essays, academic research papers, and short fiction are all acceptable.
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 October 3, 2017.
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