Applying to Africana Studies


  • MA in Africana Studies (required for students intending to apply for Dual Degree L.I.U Palmer School Library & Information Science program*)
  • Dual Degree MA in Africana Studies/Economics*
  • Dual Degree MA in Africana Studies/Journalism*
  • MA in Africana Studies with Concentration in Museum Studies*

*For Dual Degree Programs, students apply to each school separately.Admission to both is required for enrollment as a dual degree student. Applicants that aren't admitted to the dual degree program may still be admitted for the stand alone Africana Studies Master's program. For more information on the Dual Masters Program visit the Master of Arts Programs in Africana Studies page.


  • All application materials for admission to Africana Studies with financial aid consideration must be received by 5 p.m. EST on January 4th. 
  • Africana Studies/Journalism: Applications for the dual program with Journalism must apply by the January 4th deadline date.
  • Africana Studies/Economics:  Applications for the dual program with Economics must apply no later than 5 p.m. EST on January 15th.
  • Application materials for admission to Africana Studies only and with no financial aid consideration must be received by 5 p.m. EST on March 15th. 
  • All applicants must use the online application. Do NOT send any application materials directly to the program.
  • Applications are accepted for Fall only.


All applicants to the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) are required to submit a complete application for admission. In addition to the application form questions, a complete application includes: 

  1. academic transcripts
  2. test scores
  3. three letters of recommendation
  4. a résumé or curriculum vitae
  5. a statement of purpose
  6. application fee


  • GRE and TOEFL or IELTS: GRE general test is required of all applicants. TOEFL or IELTS is required of all applicants who are not native English speakers (this requirement is waived if the applicant has completed a baccalaureate or master's degree at an institution where the language of instruction is English). It is recommended that all applicants take the GRE test at least 10-12 weeks before the application deadline date to insure that test scores arrive by the deadline date. Official test score reports from the GRE and TOEFL or IETLS must be sent to NYU-Graduate School of Arts and Science directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS). Request that scores be sent to NYU GSAS, institution code 2596.
  • Writing Sample*: An academic writing sample is required.  Your entire writing sample should not exceed 25 double-spaced pages.

**Applicants to the Joint Program in Africana Studies/Journalism: two different writing samples are required. One should be an academic writing sample. The second should represent your aptitude for journalism - a clip from your college newspaper, a personal essay, academic research paper, and short fiction are all acceptable.

Non-native English speakers can take either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The requirement is only waived if your undergraduate or graduate degree was completed at an institution where the language of instruction is English.GSAS recommends that applicants achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 100 on the internet-based test (equivalent to 250 on the computer-based test or 600 on the paper-based test). 

For more information on visit the International Application FAQ page.

For further information, please visit the Graduate School of Arts and Science's new 


There you will find the portal for the on-line application, and application submission instructions.