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Please review all of the below information carefully. The most successful applications are submitted on-time, with all required prerequisites completed.

Application Deadlines

    M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology Applications

  • January 15: Fall and summer (Admission only, no financial aid)
  • October 1: Spring (Admission only, no financial aid)
  • M.A. in General Psychology Applications

  • January 15: Summer (Admission only, no financial aid)
  • March 1: Fall (Admission only, no financial aid)
  • October 1: Spring (Admission only, no financial aid)
  • Non-degree Applications

  • January 15: Summer (Admission only, no financial aid)
  • March 1: Fall (Admission only, no financial aid)
  • October 1: Spring (Admission only, no financial aid)

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.


Coursework Prerequisites

  • Introductory Psychology
  • Statistics (Behavioral Statistics preferred)

An undergraduate psychology major is not required, but all applicants must complete both an Introductory Psychology class and a basic Statistics class (behavioral statistics preferred), with grades of B or better, prior to applying to the M.A. program.  
See our FAQ tab for recommendations for completing the prerequisites.


Application Requirements

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:

M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology Applications

  • GRE: general test required. The master’s programs will accept the GMAT in place of the general GRE. Send official GMAT test scores to GSAS using school code 5TF-5G-76. We recommend you plan on taking the GRE 4-6 weeks prior to the application deadline to ensure your scores arrive on time.
  • TOEFL: TOEFL required of all applicants who are not native English speakers (see Testing Requirements). We recommend you plan on taking the TOEFL 6-8 weeks prior to the application deadline to ensure your scores arrive on time.
  • Case Study: Required. Guidelines for the case study are available on the I/O MA Program Admissions page.
  • Video Submission: Required. The department requires you to submit a short video statement as part of the Case Study assignment. Please read the detailed instructions for submitting the video.
  • Statement of Purpose: Your statement of purpose should describe 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 should not exceed two double-spaced pages.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation. Preferably, the letters should come from former professors at college. For applicants who have been out of school for some time, letters from supervisors are acceptable. Letters should not be from family friends or counselors, or from religious or political figures, unless the recommender has been in a position to personally supervise the applicant's academic or work performance.

M.A. in General Psychology Applications

  • GRE: general test required. The master’s programs will accept the GMAT in place of the general GRE. Send official GMAT test scores to GSAS using school code 5TF-5G-76. We recommend you plan on taking the GRE 4-6 weeks prior to the application deadline to ensure your scores arrive on time.
  • TOEFL: TOEFL required of all applicants who are not native English speakers (see Testing Requirements). We recommend you plan on taking the TOEFL 6-8 weeks prior to the application deadline to ensure your scores arrive on time.
  • Statement of Purpose: Your statement of purpose should describe 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 should not exceed two double-spaced pages.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation. Preferably, the letters should come from former professors at college. For applicants who have been out of school for some time, letters from supervisors are acceptable. Letters should not be from family friends or counselors, or from religious or political figures, unless the recommender has been in a position to personally supervise the applicant's academic or work performance.

Non-degree Applications

Non-degree applicants to General Psychology (PSYC) who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, or applicants who hold a current H1-B visa, must use the online application to apply. Other non-degree applicants must submit a paper non-degree application. Refer to Application Policies in the Application Resource Center for more information. As part of the application, all applicants must provide:

  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose
  • One (1) letter of recommendation
  • Final and official academic transcripts showing proof that the bachelor’s degree or equivalent was conferred, including all courses with grades received
  • TOEFL required of all applicants who are not native English speakers (see Test Score Requirements).

For non-degree applicants, the GRE and additional letters of recommendation are optional (please leave items blank on the application if you do not provide). The statement of purpose should explain why you want to attend the program as a non-degree student. Note: Not all courses are available to non-degree students due to enrollment limits, courses that are only open to degree-seeking students or courses that require prerequisites that must be taken in the master’s program. If you are planning to later apply as a degree-seeking student you may be required to take specific courses as part of your non-degree coursework.


GPA and Standardized Test Guidelines

Please note that we do not use absolute minimum GPA or standardized test scores to make admissions decisions. Our decisions are based on a composite of criteria applied to all of the credentials presented in your application. However, to help applicants assess their standing with respect to our usual applicant pool, we offer the following guidelines.


Historically, competitive applicants have obtained the following scores:

Cumulative GPA:
3.0 or above from a reputable four-year program

GRE:
Verbal Reasoning: 158 or above
Quantitative Reasoning: 156 or above
Writing: 4.5 or above

GMAT:
Verbal: 36 or above
Quantitative: 43 or above
Writing section: 4.5 or above
The total GMAT score should be a 600 or above.

TOEFL:
105 or above


Questions? Contact Dana Eaton dana.eaton@nyu.edu

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