Graduate Students Frequently Asked Questions

If you are considering applying to a graduate program in the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, please review the Frequently Asked Questions section of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, here. Many of the questions you may have - including questions about test scores, admissions decisions time-lines, letter of recommendation and admissions procedures - are answered on the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Application Resource Center Web site. In addition, CEMS provides a Frequently Asked Question Section below.

Why should I apply to NYU's Masters in European and Mediterranean Studies?
What do students do once they graduate from CEMS' master's program?
As a CEMS student, where else within and outside of NYU may I take classes?
When may I start my studies and what is a typical 12-moth program schedule?
What are the requirements for the Master's in European and Mediterranean Studies? What are the requirements for the joint degree program with Journalism?
What are the language requirements? How can I fulfill the language requirement?
How many students apply to the Master's in European and Mediterranean Studies program and how many are admitted? How many students apply to the joint program with Journalism and how many are admitted?
How much do CEMS' master's programs cost?
Is there financial aid? Does CEMS offer any teaching or research positions?
Does CEMS have any student-work positions?
How can I apply for CEMS' master's programs?
What are the application deadlines?
Do I have to take the GRE? TOEFL? What are the recommended scores?
Other Admissions Questions

Why should I apply to NYU's Masters in European and Mediterranean Studies?

NYU's Center for European and Mediterranean Studies provides its select group of master's students with the individualized attention and guidance of a boutique academic program within the context of a global university with substantial research resources. CEMS serves as NYU's hub for teaching, research and programming on Europe from a historical and contemporary perspective. The Center's primary focus is teaching, with master's students receiving faculty guidance on par with PhD students. As CEMS does not have a PhD program, its master's students are the primary focus.

The Master's in European and Mediterranean Studies is taught from and interdisciplinary perspective. in addition to being able to select from CEMS' wide selection of courses from disciplines such as history, political science, international relations, anthropology, and sociology, master's students can also take courses at departments across NYU. Students are therefore able to develop an academic program of study that makes the most for their academic and/or professional ambitions - inclose consultation with an academic advisor at CEMS as well as with the guidance of the Center's other facultyand staff members.

Some students use the master's program as a transition between undergraduate and doctral studies or to pursue a professional school degree. Many other students plan their course of study, including internship, to prepare for careers in the public sector, nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations, educational sector, and private sector. Follow this link for examples of alumni placements.

What do students do once they graduate from CEMS' master's program?

CEMS graduates have gone on to pursue doctoral studies or degrees in professional schools. Others have have continued on to a career in a wide variety of positions in the public sector, nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations, educational sector, and private sector. Follow this link for examples of alumni placements.

As a CEMS student, where else within and outside of NYU may I take classes?

Students may take classes in most other departments within the Graduate School of Arts and Science. Political Science, International Relations, Anthropology, History, Sociology, Hebrew and Judaic Studies, Italian Studies and Irish Studies, among others, regularly list courses with CEMS. There are also many courses not cross-listed with CEMS that our students are welcome to take as long as the course has a European focus. Occasionally there are limitations on course choice within GSAS. Some classes are designated exclusively for upper-level PhD students. Also, some courses may be too general in terms of regional focus to qualify as a course that can be counted towards a student's Master's in European and Mediterranean Studies - although in some cases, courses are counted if the students papers maintain a European and European-Mediterranean focus.

CEMS students may also take courses at Columbia University's European Institute through NYU's and Columbia's consortium agreement. CEMS students can count up to two courses at the Blinken European Institute towards their degree. (Joint Journalism-European and Mediterranean Studies can count up to one course.)

When may I start my studies and what is a typical 12-month program schedule?

Master's students start the program in September of each academic year. There are no spring admissions.

Students take courses during the fall semester, including the required course What is Europe? Students also take three courses during the spring semester, including the required research Graduate Seminar to prepare them for their thesis project. During the summer, students complete two courses, one of which is referred to as an "Independent Study." which involves writing their thesis and submitting portions to their faculty thesis advisor according to an agreed upon schedule. The second summer course can either be completed by taking a master's course at CEMS or another department at GSAS during one of the summer terms. Alternatively, students can undertake an iterhip for course credit, provided that it is approved by the department.

What are the requirements for the Master's in European and Mediterranean Studies? What are the requirements for the joint degree program with Journalism?

For an overview of the requirements for the Master's in European and Mediterranean Studies, visit this page.

For an overview of the requirements for the joint Master's in Journalism and European and Mediterranean Studies, view this page.

What are the language requirements? How can I fulfill the language requirement?

Knowledge of a European language (other than English) at the advanced level is also required. Students can prove this advance knowledge either by having completed during their undergraduate studies an advanced-level language course or by passing the GSAS foreign language proficiency examination prior to graduation The language requirement may be potentially waved for students who are native speakers of a European language (other than English). The waiver will be decided after an applicant is admitted to the program and meets with his/her academic advisor (assigned during orientation, before classes begin).

How many students are in CEMS's master's program?

The number of students varies every year, depending on the number of qualified applicants. On average over the past few years, eight students are enrolled in the Master's in European and Mediterranean Studies program. In addition, an average of three student are enroled in the joint Master's in Journalism & European and Mediterranean Studies program - although this is a new program and therefore the average enrollment can change over the next few years.

How many students apply to the Master's in European and Mediterranean Studies program and how many are admitted? How many students apply to the joint program with Journalism and how many are admitted?

The number of applicants for the Master's in European and Mediterranean Studies has varied widely over the past few years from 12-25 applicants. Generally, no more than 8-10 are accepted. The joint program with Journalism is quite new, and therefore there are no reliable figures to provide. Two students were admitted for the 2013-2014 academic year and three in 2014-2015. A successful applicant for either program writes well and clearly, has an undergraduate transcript that demonstrates ability and intelligence, and can articulate a goal (or goals) for graduate study.

How long does it take to complete the Master's in European and Mediterranean Studies? How long does it take to complete the joint Master's in Journalism & European and Mediterranean Studies?

The Master's in European and Mediterranean Studies is designed to be completed in one year (12 calendar months). Students begin their studies in September and complete all requirements by the following September, including the thesis defense. In some rare cases, due to pre-approved job-related or personal reasons, students have been able to extend their completion date by one to two semesters maximum.

The Master's in Journalism & European and Mediterranean Studies is designed to be completed in two academic years. Students begin their studies in September year-one and complete all requirements by May of year two.

How much do CEMS' master's programs cost?

The tuition for CEMS' master's programs is determined by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and is based on the number of points/units/credits a student takes each semester. The CEMS tuition rate for the 2014-2015 academic year can be found on the Bursar's website, here.

The Master's in European and Mediterranean Studies requires 32 points of coursework (with most courses being 4 points each). The Graduate School is able to offer most CEMS students a reduced tuition rate, sometimes up to 50%. Applicants should apply by the February 1 deadline to be considered automatically for a reduced tuition. Applicants after February 1 will also be considered automatically for a reduced tuition rate as long as the funds remain to provide a reduced tuition.

Is there financial aid? Does CEMS offer any teaching or research positions?

The Graduate School is able to offer most CEMS students  reduced tuition rate, sometimes up to 50%. Applicants should apply by the February 1 deadline to be considered automatically for a reduced tuition. Applicants after February 1 will also be considered automatically for a reduced rate as long as the funds remain to provide a reduced tuition.

CEMS has occasionally been able to offer a full-tuition Max Weber Scholarship to an incoming graduate student. The availability of this scholarship is decided on a year to year basis.

Students who obtain awards from reognized funding sources outside of NYU (e.g., foundations, private institutions, government agencies) can apply for additional awards toward tuition through the Graduate School's Tuition Incentive Program (TIP). Details about TIP eligibility crteria can be found here.

A suggested list of external funding opportunities can be viewed here. GSAS provides financial aid suggestions on its website here.

Does CEMS have any student-work positions?

Yes, incoming graduate students have the opportunity to apply for employment positions offered through CEMS. Generally, CEMS hires one office assistant (approximately 15hours/week) and one to three newsletter staff (for 11-18 hours per week), depending on the availability of open positions on the newsletter. Most student positions at CEMS during the 2014-2015 academic year are paid at a rate of 18/hour.

How can I apply for CEMS' master's programs?

To apply for the Master's in European and Mediterranean Studies program or joint degree program or joint degree program, visit the Graduate School of Arts and Science's Application Resource Center (ARC) for general "how to" information about the application process, and for access to the online application. Applications are accepted for fall only for all programs. All applicants must use the online application.


What are the application deadlines?

Applications to M.A. in European and Mediterranean Studies (non-joint degree):

  • February 1: Initial deadline for admissions; priority deadline for financial aid consideration
  • May 1: Final deadline for admissions and financial consideration (pending availability)

Applications to joint European and Mediterranean Studies/Journalism:

  • December 18: Recommended date
  • January 4: Final deadline date
 
Regarding the application, what are the program specific application requirements for European and Mediterranean Studies?
  • GRE and TOEFL: The GRE general test is required. TOEFL is required of all applicants who are not native English speakers
  • Writing Sample for M.A. in European and Mediterranean Studies (non-joint degree): A writing sample is required. It is preferred that it concerns Europe and the Mediterranean. It should demonstrate analytical skills and not exceed 10 double-spaced pages. Submissions may include an original work for the application, or a course assignment, conference paper, excerpt from a thesis or academic work, or a published article
  • Writing Sample for joint M.A. European and Mediterranean Studies/Journalism: in addition to the writing sample described above for all applicants, three additional 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.
Do I have to take the GRE? TOEFL? What are the recommended scores?

For answers to test questions, please visit the Graduate School of Arts and Science's Frequently Asked Questions page, here.

 
Other Admissions Questions

Please visit the NYU GSAS Application Resource Center Frequently Asked Questions sector.