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Nyu Graduate School Of Arts And Sciences Admissions Essay



Degrees and Fields of Study


Joint Ph.D.

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.


Application Deadlines

  • December 18: Recommended date, fall only admission
  • January 4: Final deadline date, fall only admission


Program-Specific Application Requirements for French

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: GRE general test 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 requirements.

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. In addition, please include your intellectual and professional reasons for choosing your field of study and why your studies/research can best be done at the Graduate School of Arts and Science at NYU. The statement should not exceed two double-spaced pages.

Writing Sample: A writing sample of scholarly, academic writing, no longer than 25 pages double-spaced or 7,000 words in total, is required. It may be made up of one or two term papers, a research paper written for a French course, or an extract from an honors thesis; some or all of it must be in French.


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 July 19, 2017.


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The instructions for the application are divided into six sections:

  1. Application Policies
  2. Application Deadlines
  3. Application Fees
  4. Test Scores
  5. Transcripts
  6. Submitting the Application

1. Application Policies

Please be sure to refer to the GSAS Application Policies page.

2. Application Deadlines

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Eastern (New York City) time on the deadline dates listed in Application Requirements and Deadlines for Departments and Programs. This includes all supporting materials. If an application deadline date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal U.S. holiday, then the next business day will be the deadline date.

Please allow sufficient time for official test scores to arrive at the Graduate School--schedule your test dates accordingly. Please refer to the Test Scores section below for more details.

Financial Aid Deadline. An application must be submitted by the deadline date to be eligible for Graduate School and departmental fellowships and other awards. No other forms are required for consideration.

3. Application Fees

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.

The application fee is nonrefundable.

4. Test Scores

Answers to questions about policies and procedures for the GRE and TOEFL/IELTS can be found in Frequently Asked Questions: Testing Requirements - GRE, TOEFL and IELTS.

5. Transcripts

Answers to many questions about our policies and procedures for academic transcripts can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions: Academic Transcripts.

When you apply online, one (1) official academic transcript, mark sheet, or final grades sheet (and English translation, if required) from each institution you attended should be uploaded on one of the “Transcript Upload” pages as part of your online application. If uploaded, you should NOT send paper copies of your transcripts to Graduate Enrollment Services at this time. If you are offered admission, you will be requested to provide an official copy. The baccalaureate or equivalent transcript should clearly indicate conferral of your undergraduate degree. If you are currently completing your baccalaureate, you should upload a transcript showing your academic record through your most current year of study. 

If you are not able to upload a transcript in the online application for an unusual technical reason, then you must refer to Frequently Asked Questions: Academic Transcripts.

6. Submitting the Application

Your application should be submitted online. Test scores are submitted electronically to the Graduate School by the GRE and TOEFL/IELTS programs. 

  • Do not mail the Graduate School a duplicate paper copy of your online application.
  • All application materials must be received by the deadline date.