Frequently Asked Questions

Applying and Admissions

Test Questions

Prerequisites

Program Questions

I/O Program

International Students

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Applying and Admissions

Our application is housed by Graduate Enrollment Services; please take a look at their website (they have a number of helpful FAQ pages): GSAS Application Resource Center If you don’t see an answer, feel free to contact them:

Graduate Enrollment Services Phone: (212) 998-8050 Email: gsas.admissions@nyu.edu

Please expect an admissions decision 6-8 weeks from the application deadline. If you are under specific time pressure to receive a decision by a particular deadline, please email Dana Eaton.

Unfortunately due to the large volume of applicants, we are not able to meet with prospective students in person. However, we do have regular information sessions for prospective applicants to meet with our director and program coordinator.
CLICK HERE FOR OUR NEXT INFORMATION SESSION If you do have specific questions that are not answered on the website and you’re unable to attend an Information Session, please email Dana Eaton for answers.

No, we accept students from all concentrations. However, we do require that applicants have completed two courses by the time they apply to the program: an introductory psychology course and a statistics course.
We do not use an absolute minimum GPA to make admissions decisions. Our decisions are based on a composite of criteria applied to all of the credentials presented in your application. However the most successful applicants have obtained a 3.0 or better from a reputable 4 year undergraduate program.
The admissions committee recognizes the academic rigor of many universities, but undergraduate institution alone does not provide enough information to accept or deny an applicant.
Neither research nor employment in the field of psychology is a required part of the application. However, experience in psychology absolutely makes an application more competitive for the I/O program.
Someone who knows you well academically is best, but professional supervisors are also acceptable. We prefer two of the three letters to be from academic sources.
Although applicants may request a deferral for up to one year, unless there is a substantial reason to delay, it may not necessarily be granted. To do so, you must officially accept the offer of admission, submit your tuition deposit, and request the deferral from the graduate school by emailing gsas.admissions@nyu.edu. In the I/O program, deferrals are generally granted for only one semester.
Yes. On the PhD application, there is a checkbox to indicate whether you would like to be considered for the master’s programs. If the applicant wishes to be seriously considered for the I/O program they should complete the case study requirements and submit that as a part of their application by uploading it to one of the application pages marked “additional information.”
There is no specific part of the application that carries the most weight. Good grades and high GRE scores are both important in the admissions process. Any research or employment in the psychology field also improves an application. We consider all parts of your application.
See our Admissions tab for up to date deadlines.
Materials that are submitted late will be accepted but stamped “late” and to the discretion of the admissions committee considered. If required materials are not received by the end of the admissions process (4-6 weeks after the application deadline), the application may be withdrawn.
No. Applications received on or before the deadline are reviewed equally regardless of when they were submitted. The review process for I/O begins the day after the deadline when the pool is complete.
Admissions decisions are distributed by Graduate Enrollment Services by email. Please ensure that emails from gsas.admissions@nyu.edu are not filtered into your spam folder.
The average age of students is difficult to gauge. We have students who are anywhere from 22 to over 50 years old. There are experienced professionals as well as relatively new college graduates.
We take all parts of your application into consideration. There is no one score that would disqualify you from admission. However, competitive applicants will be strong in multiple areas of their application. It is useful to have strong GRE scores, a 3.0 or above on your undergraduate transcript, research experience, work experience, good letters of recommendation, etc. However, we have more qualified candidates than spots in the program and ultimately, cannot guarantee admission for any individual.
Applicants can enter their N number on the Supporting Materials Tracking System to find out if we’ve received your materials.
The Forensic specialization and Social and Consumer specialization are housed under our General Psychology Masters program. Please fill out the General Psychology Application here: NYU GSAS Online Application
Applications close at 5 PM EST/EDT the day of the deadline. If the deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal U.S. holiday, then the next business day will be the deadline date.

Test Questions

No, we do not require the Psychology subject test.
You submit your official scores through ETS. The NYU code for GRE submission is 2596. The School Code for the GMATs is: 5TF-5G-76 More information is available at Frequently Asked Questions: Testing Requirements 
Plan to take the GRE’s well in advance of the application deadline. If your scores are not received by the end of our admissions process (4-6 weeks after the application deadline), your application may be withdrawn from consideration.
If your GRE scores are very low, it is best to retake the test. Otherwise, high grades, good recommendation letters, and experience in the field or in business may compensate to some extent for low scores. Please note that if English is not your first language, the verbal GRE score may be less critical if TOEFL is good.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites may not be taken at NYU, however, you may take the prerequisites at any degree-awarding college or university. Courses taken must be for credit and must be graded. We do find online courses to be an acceptable and more accessible alternative. An online course must be affiliated with a non-profit degree-awarding college or university that has a physical campus. We recommend the following courses:

Yes, we may approve alternative undergraduate-level statistics classes.
We prefer that you took a class that covered the basics of psychology, but if you completed several more advanced psychology courses, covering a variety of areas, that would be acceptable. Reading extensively on your own is not considered an acceptable alternative to taking a formal course in General Psychology. If it has been a long time since you have taken any psychology courses, it would be a good idea to brush up with an online introductory course.
Yes, if you scored a 4 or 5 on your AP test we will accept it.

Program Questions

We no longer create paper informational materials, but please browse our website or email Dana Eaton if you have any specific questions not answered on our website.
Students vary on the amount of time they take to complete the degree. Domestic students have a maximum of five years to complete the degree. Students who are attending the program full time (9 credits per semester) can complete it in two years.
The master's program is a 36 credit program (12 courses). Students attending full time (3 courses per semester) may complete the program in two years. Students have up to five years to complete the program. Classes are offered in the evening in fall and spring semesters, and in two 6 week summer sessions. Fall and spring courses meet once per week except Master's Statistics, which meets twice a week. This allows many students to work full- or part-time while completing the program.
No, all of our courses are in person. We do not offer any online or distance courses.
Unfortunately, we can allow only officially registered students to attend our classes. Our M.A. classes are fairly small, and we find it too disruptive to allow visitors to attend class. NYU permits auditing of an entire course but only if the student pays the full price of the course (you must still apply as a non-degree student).
Although this does NOT satisfy the pre-requisites for applicants, students can visit: http://www.onlinecourses.com/ for a free online course to review basic statistics and/or psychology. This is especially useful if you've been out of school for some time, and have already formally completed Statistics and/or Intro to Psychology with a B or better in both, but want to familiarize yourself with these areas before resuming your studies. Students who complete the online courses at http://www.onlinecourses.com/ are not given grades.
The fall term usually begins in early September, the spring semester begins in late January, and summer session begins in late May. For more specific dates, consult the NYU Academic Calendar
Students are considered full-time when taking three courses (9 credits). However, if you’re working at the same time, it is recommended that you take fewer courses.

We offer two virtual tours of our campus. One tour is an interactive map of the campus: NYU GSAS Virtual Tour of Campus. The second virtual option is a narrated video highlighting some of the most commonly visited buildings on the Washington Square Campus: NYU Virtual Tour

At this time the Graduate School of Arts and Science is not hosting in-person guided tours. You may want to register for one of the undergraduate campus tours,or just stop by the NYU Welcome Center at 50 West 4th Street - student ambassadors are available to answer your questions and offer you a self-guided tour map of campus. Please note that you are not able to enter most NYU buildings without an NYU ID card.

You may want to try to register for one of the undergraduate campus tours, or just stop by the NYU Welcome Center - student ambassadors are available to answer your questions and offer you a self-guided tour map of campus. Be sure to also visit our virtual tour.

NYU Jeffrey S. Gould Welcome Center
50 West 4th Street (Map) 
New York, NY 10012
+1 212 998 4550
Please note that the Psychology building is a high security building and you will not be able to walk around the building or see any classrooms.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive each term (hundreds), demand far outweighs our capacity to meet with students before they are accepted into our program. As an alternative, we suggest that interested students attend one of our Information Sessions, where they can meet with the director of the program and ask questions.
Unfortunately, no. We have a small program that is quite interactive. We do not allow any visitors in courses as it can be disruptive to the learning process. As an alternative, we suggest that interested students attend one of our information sessions, which can provide you with more targeted information, and allow you to ask questions to the director to the program. Please click here for the schedule of upcoming Information Sessions.
The department offers several Information Sessions throughout the year. These sessions are a great opportunity to explore the program further and interact with faculty and staff. Information Sessions are offered every couple of months. Please click here for the schedule of upcoming Information Sessions.
If your question is not answered here, please email Dana Eaton.
Due to the high volume of these requests, we are only able to set up a contact with a current student once you have been admitted to the program. Once admitted, please email Dana Eaton for contact information from our current student body leaders.
Please consult NYU GSAS Tuition & Fees. The master’s program requires a total of 36 credit points for an average of 9 points per semester of study. Keep in mind that tuition fluctuates yearly.
The department itself does not offer any financial aid. However, there are a few ways to ease the financial burden. We do offer paid teaching appointments to some master’s students. There are also research positions. Please note that these opportunities are very competitive, and not normally given to first-year master’s students. Usually the compensation from teaching can pay for about 1 course. If you have external funding through grants or foundations already, the graduate school does have matching grant system. For more information please see GSAS Financing Graduate Education
Graduate housing is limited and not guaranteed. Many students find apartments in the area. Please visit GSAS Living in New York City for more information.
The General MA program is not an accredited clinical training program that leads to state-regulated licensure following completion of the MA degree (as would a Master of Social Work or Counseling Psychology MA degree). The NYU MA program does provide depth of academic training in clinical syndromes, assessment, and treatment models as well as opportunities for fieldwork and research in clinical subject areas. The program prepares students to apply to doctoral, Ph.D. clinical programs or other accredited clinical training programs. Students who need to attain a foundation of knowledge, fieldwork experience, and research skills in preparation for advanced training that is state accredited such as doctoral clinical psychology (Ph.D. or PsyD.), social work, counseling or school psychology programs are encouraged to apply to the NYU MA program with this understanding.
Please see the NYU CAS Bachelor's-Master's webpage for the BA-MA program in Psychology. Please note, admission to the MA program is competitive. BA-MA applicants will be evaluated along with all the external applications we receive.

I/O Program

We do not have a formalized joint degree with the business school (Stern), but students may take related electives there. Courses like “Managing Organizations”, or Consumer Behavior can be used as electives. Please note that Stern must approve all enrollments and space may be limited.
Yes. The two programs differ greatly in admissions criteria, course structure, and expected outcomes. The I/O program is much smaller and more selective. The applications are similar, but an extra case study is required for I/O admission.
Quantitative skills are very important. You must be competent and technically proficient in statistics for the program, especially for advanced electives.
Many students enter the program as current members of the workforce and maintain their jobs. Other students find jobs or internships, usually part-time, while taking classes along the way. While it is strongly recommended to do so in order to gain valuable applied experience to supplement material learned in class, working or completing an internship is not mandatory.
While each class is unique, most classes strive to allow you to merge science and applied work. The structure of each class is designed to best facilitate comprehension and execution of the material. Class work includes casework, discussion, lectures, external projects, and individual and group presentations.
Classes range from 10 students to the low 20s, with an average of about 16.
The Organizational Development Association is the official student and alumni organization for the I/O program at NYU, and it seeks to create a bridge between the classroom and the workplace. We are a community dedicated to building essential skills for successful I/O careers through professional development and networking. The ODA offers students an opportunity to be a functional part of an organization in a learning environment. Leadership roles are available for both new and existing members through managing events and projects related to the ODA’s mission.
To complete the program, students must either take a comprehensive exam or write a thesis. The Comprehensive Exam is the most common choice of the MA I/O program students as the culmination of their work in the program, due to the applied focus of the program. The test requires answering three case-study type questions: one from the Industrial (I) branch, one from the Organizational (O) branch, and one from the Research Methods (R) branch. One hour is allotted for each question. Answers are rated by multiple faculty members based on comprehensiveness, use of I/O theory, and realistic applicability.
NYU offers a balanced Master’s program in this field, hitting both the Industrial and the Organizational aspects evenly and stressing the importance of each. NYU also offers a high-caliber, personal experience made possible by the small number of select applicants accepted in each cohort. NYU’s schedule encourages students to develop their professional careers while pursuing their degree. Ideally, upon completion of an MA from NYU’s program, a graduate can enter an organization in a management position.
Many students complete the program in two calendar years, but some many need more time to complete their thesis or comprehensive exams. Much depends on the working status of the student against the progression of coursework and program completion. Students have anywhere from 2 to 5 years.
Yes. All master’s courses are offered in the evening on weekdays (usually at 4:20 and 6:20), so many students have day jobs while they are in the program. Organizations may be able to help with support through tuition remission programs.
There is no I/O non-degree status. To take I/O courses, you must be enrolled as a degree-seeking I/O student, meaning you must apply to the program.
The I/O program will generally send out decisions by April 15th for summer and fall applicants, and by November 15th for spring applicants though some applicants may be placed on a wait list and thus wait longer for decisions.
Each year hundreds of students ask to be considered for the I/O program. The department takes in approximately 20 to 30 applicants from this pool each year.

International Students

Currently, 23% of our active student body is international.

Please contact The Office of Global Services, our resource for international students.
http://www.nyu.edu/global/international-immigration-services.html
Tel: (212) 998-4720
Fax: (212) 995-4115
intl.students.scholars@nyu.edu

Under these circumstances, the TOEFL or IELTS are not required. Apart from this exception, the TOEFL or IELTS are required for all international applicants or applicants for whom English is not their native language.
The Office of Global Services (OGS) is the best resource for questions specific to studying at NYU as an international student
No, international students are not required to submit applications before domestic students. However, bear in mind that obtaining a student visa is often a long process, so international students should plan accordingly.
International students who received their degree from a foreign institution are required - no exceptions - to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam. We cannot evaluate your application until we have received it.  We recommend you plan on taking the TOEFL or IELTS 6-8 weeks prior to the application deadline to ensure your scores arrive on time.
Click here for information about the TOEFL.

Click here for information about the IELTS.
Once your application is submitted, trained staff members will translate your grades into a system similar to the U.S. grading system so that our admissions committee can understand your transcript and GPA. Similarly, they will evaluate your degree and assess whether or not it is the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor's degree. Unfortunately, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences cannot assign a staff member to your application until it has been submitted.
Applicants from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Bangladesh must show completion of both the baccalaureate and master's examinations prior to registration in the Graduate School. The examinations for the Bachelor of Engineering and the Bachelor of Technology meet the application requirements. Applicants from Australia must show a 4 year honors bachelor’s degree to apply. For all other applicants with an international undergraduate transcript, please contact Graduate Enrollment Services at gsas.admissions@nyu.edu or at 212-998-8050.

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