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/Latin American and Caribbean Studies
- International Relations/Middle Eastern and Levantine Studies
- International Relations/Russian and Slavic Studies
- international Relations/U.S. Foreign Policy
- International Relations/Journalism
M.P.A.-M.A. (Dual Degree)
- Public and Non-Profit Management and Policy and International Relations (with Wagner)
See also Politics for related programs of study.
The master's program in International Relations offers the opportunity to study in New York or Washington, D.C. Read more about the NYC-DC option.
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. and M.P.A.-M.A. Dual Degree)
- March 1: Priority due date, fall
- May 15: Final due date, fall
- November 1: Spring
M.P.A.-M.A. Dual Degree Applications
- March 1, fall only admission
Joint M.A. Applications
- January 4, fall only admission
Late applications to the master’s program are considered. Late applications for the dual degree program will not be 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.
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 (if required), letters of recommendation, a résumé or curriculum vitae, a Statement of Academic Purpose, and an application fee. Applicants also have the option of providing a short Personal History essay. Please refer to the Instructions section of the online application. In addition, the department specifically requires the following:
GRE: The GRE general test requirement is suspended for spring and fall 2021 due to COVID-19. Please do not send us GRE test scores. If you do, the scores will not be reviewed or considered by the department's Admissions Committee. In subsequent terms, the general test is required.
TOEFL or IELTS: 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 (all programs except Joint M.A. in International Relations/Journalism): 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. Please also explain why you chose to apply to study in the IR Program at NYU and the specified concentration (if any), or the dual degree M.P.A.-M.A. in Public and Non-Profit Management and Policy and International Relations, and how NYU specifically will help you to advance your personal and professional objectives. The statement should be no more than two double-spaced pages.
NYU’s Program in International Relations trains individuals who wish to make a difference in the world either through the practice of international affairs in government, the non-governmental or private sectors or through continued academic study. With that in mind, please reflect on the following questions in writing your Statement of Academic Purpose:
● How do the Program’s objectives fit with your own goals and interests?
● How will your educational objectives help you achieve your future career goals?
● Where do you see yourself 10 years after graduating from NYU?
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): An English-language writing sample is required. The writing sample must not exceed 3,000 words (excluding citations and bibliography) and should be double-spaced, in typescript. It could be a short course paper, an excerpt from a longer paper or thesis, or a published article. If possible, it should be related to international relations or contemporary global issues. If needed, a writing prompt is available on the program’s website. Most importantly, the writing sample should demonstrate the author’s critical thinking, analytical ability, and prose writing skills in English. A strong writing sample 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.
Other: Please be aware of the program's language requirements. Check the program's website for further information.
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 September 9, 2020.
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