Degrees and Fields 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.
- March 15, fall only admission
We will consider applications on a rolling basis, and we recommend submitting prior to the deadline date. Late applications are considered if space remains.
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 Animal Studies
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 FAQ.
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. The statement should not exceed two double-spaced pages.
Writing Sample: An academic writing sample is required. It can be a term paper, parts of a thesis, or a published article. Your writing sample should demonstrate your analytical and communication skills, should be written in English, and should not exceed 25 double-spaced pages. It does not need to be about Animal Studies.
A second work sample is optional. It can be a second writing sample, a policy proposal, an artistic project, or any other work that you see as relevant. This work sample should be written in English (if applicable) and should not exceed 25 double-spaced pages or the equivalent. It does not need to be about Animal Studies.
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 19, 2017.
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