NYU GSAS Application Guide

Your application to the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) will require you to answer certain questions and supply various supporting documents. This guide is provided to help you prepare in advance of beginning your application. For more information on deadlines and departmental-specific requirements, please visit Programs, Requirements, and Deadlines.

Questions you will be asked

  • Program and term you are applying for
  • Citizenship and visa status (if applicable)
  • Have you previously applied to the Graduate School?
  • Has any family member enrolled at NYU
  • Your name (including any alternate name)
  • U.S. Social Security Number (if applicable)
  • Address, phone number, and e-mail addresses
  • Date of birth, gender, and ethnicity/race
  • US military status
  • Previous colleges/universities attended
  • Names of those who will be writing your letters of recommendation
  • Academic honors or awards
  • Research experience
  • Non-English language ability
  • Other schools applied to
  • Names of individuals responsible for your choosing NYU
  • GRE and TOEFL (if applicable) test dates, registration numbers, and scores

Materials you will be asked to provide

  • Application fee
    The application fee for all programs (except the M.S. and M.S.-M.B.A. programs in Mathematics in Finance) is $100. The application fee for the M.S. and M.S.-M.B.A. programs in Mathematics in Finance is $120.
  • Academic transcripts, with English translations if applicable
    You are asked to scan your transcripts and upload them into your online application rather than to send paper copies.
  • Statement of purpose
    Describes past and present work as it relates to your intended field of study, educational objectives, career plans, and reasons for choosing your field. The statement should be concisely written and not exceed one to two double-spaced pages.
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Writing samples
    Required by many, but not all, programs.
  • Letters of recommendation
    Required to be submitted as part of your online application and not sent by mail, except for Postdoctoral Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.
  • Official test score reports from ETS


Department and Program-Specific Questions

Some departments and programs have specific questions and requirements that are not asked of applicants to other programs.


Computer Science (MS and Non-Degree)
Computer Science (PhD)
Data Science
Economics (MA)
Economics (PhD) English
     Fine Arts
Hebrew and Judaic Studies
Neural Science
Postdoctoral Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis


  • Scientific interests: Describe in detail those chemical problems of greatest interest to you. Explain how your interest in these problems relates to the research being conducted by members of the New York University Department of Chemistry faculty, as described on the departmental web site. In 300 words or less, identify three members of the New York University Department of Chemistry faculty whose research is of interest to you and describe why you find their research attractive.

  • Research experience: In chronological order, summarize briefly your research experience, including the problems studied, the methods used to solve them, and conclusions reached. Also describe other relevant experience you may have had, such as being a laboratory or electronics technician, an engineer, or a programmer. Do not list academic course work here.

  • Bachelor's and/or master's theses: Summarize bachelor's and/or master's theses, not exceeding one page each. Include those that are in preparation.

  • Publications: List and submit reprints or preprints of each of your publications.

Computer Science (MS and Non-Degree)

  • Indicate any specific scientific interest you have or any application you have in mind for your training in computer science.
  • List publications, if any
  • If you have web pages of your own, please list the URLs
  • Skills you have: design of distributed algorithms; determination of average complexity of algorithms; meaning of O () complexity; proving worst-case complexity of algorithms; proving the correctness of simple algorithms
  • Techniques you know: recursion; induction; probability; elementary combinatorics; set notation
  • Understanding and implementation of pointers, structures/objects, arrays, queues, stacks, linked lists, trees, graphs
  • Use of for-loops, while-loops, case statements
  • Understanding of object-oriented inheritance and operating system calls
  • Have you written production (used everyday by multiple people) programs?
  • What is the approximate size, in lines of code, of the largest working program you have written (counting just the part you wrote)?
  • List the programming languages you prefer to use
  • Do you know how to use Unix? Windows?
  • Full time work experience
  • Current/Recent Employer and Job Title
  • Months with this employer
  • Months of internship experience
  • Area(s) of interest

Computer Science (PhD)

  • Indicate any specific scientific interest you have or any application you have in mind for your training in computer science
  • List publications, if any
  • If you have web pages of your own, please list the URLs

Data Science

  • Any undergraduate math courses you have taken, and the grades you received.
  • Any computer science courses you have taken, and the grades you received.
  • Any relevant work experience.

Economics (MA)

  • Courses taken in principles of economics
  • Courses taken in intermediate microeconomics; textbook/author used
  • Courses taken in intermediate macroeconomics; textbook/author used
  • Courses taken in mathematics
  • Courses taken in statistics

Economics (PhD)

  • Interest in microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, econometrics
  • Potential area of specialization
  • Courses taken in multivariate calculus
  • Courses taken in linear algebra
  • Courses taken in probability and statistics
  • Courses taken in real analysis
  • Courses taken in other mathematics
  • Any original research


The Statement of Purpose should be approximately 1,000 words. It should avoid excessive personal or autobiographical anecdotes and offer a clear sense of your training in literary studies, your strengths as a scholar, and the reasons you are applying for the master's or doctoral degree. While applicants need not indicate a precise field of specialization, it will be helpful to the admissions committee to have a sense of their main area(s) of scholarly interest and the critical questions and/or conversations that drive their interest in pursuing the degree. Finally, applicants should address their particular reasons for wanting to work within the Department of English at New York University.

Fine Arts

  • Background
  • Reason for choosing field
  • Critical issues in field
  • Reason for choosing NYU
  • Career plans
  • Ph.D. applicants only: Faculty member of interest

Hebrew and Judaic Studies

Ph.D. Applicants Only: Applicants to any doctoral program in Hebrew and Judaic Studies are required to append to their statement of purpose a description of their proficiency in Hebrew and the sources from which it was acquired. Non-native speakers of Hebrew who did not study for an extended period in the Israeli public school or university system should indicate the institutions at which they studied Hebrew; the textbooks from which they studied; the extent to which their program of study incorporated Biblical, classical, and modern Hebrew; and the highest level achieved. Native speakers should specify the years completed in Israeli schools and universities. Applicants may also, at their option, include an autobiographical statement in Hebrew, hand-written, one page maximum. This statement should be hand-written personally by the applicant and should be saved as a pdf file and uploaded in the online application on one of the pages labeled "Additional Information."


Neural Science

  • Area(s) of interest
  • Which faculty member attracted you to apply to the program
  • Months of research experience
  • Program you wish to be admitted to
  • Do you come from a disadvantaged background
  • Do you have a disability


  • Area(s) of interest
  • Person(s) at NYU you are interested in working with
  • Do you come from a disadvantaged background
  • Do you have a disability
  • Courses taken in behavioral science
  • Courses taken in natural science
  • Courses taken in social science
  • Courses taken in mathematics and statistics
  • Graduate psychology courses

Postdoctoral Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

  • Educational background
  • Patients seen
  • References
  • Professional organizations
  • Certificates and licenses
  • Analysts and therapists past and present
  • Expectations of program