Animal Studies M.A. Program
In Fall 2018, NYU will launch one of the first Animal Studies M.A. programs in the world.
Animal Studies is a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field that examines the complex and multidimensional relationships between humans and other animals. It builds on scholarship in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to investigate past and present relations between human and nonhuman animals, the representation of those relations, their ethical implications, and their social, political, and ecological effects on the world.
NYU Animal Studies, active since 2010 and housed in the NYU Department of Environmental Studies, sets the gold standard for intellectually and empirically rigorous research, teaching, and programming in this field. Our students work with leading faculty members in Animal Studies, Environmental Studies, and related fields; participate in intensive seminars, workshops, and conferences with internationally renowned scholars and practitioners; and engage in a wide range of theoretical, practical, and creative pursuits upon graduation.
The NYU Animal Studies M.A. Program, which builds on this foundation, empowers students to 1) examine the key debates that define the field of Animal Studies, 2) perform original research that contributes to these debates using interdisciplinary methodologies, and 3) understand the connections across animal issues, environmental issues, and social issues.
This program is designed for people who 1) work in, or plan to work in, in professions that provide care for animals, 2) seek to advance understanding of animals in the world, 3) seek to improve the wellbeing of animals in the world, or 4) are enrolled at NYU and want to pursue a discounted graduate education through an NYU B.A.-M.A. Program.
The NYU Animal Studies M.A. Program requires 32 credits of coursework. Students complete three required courses (Animals, Culture, and Society; Animals, Philosophy, and Science; and the Capstone Seminar) as well as five elective courses in Animal Studies or other programs at NYU.
Students also complete a thesis project with the support of individual mentors, fellow students, and a thesis instructor. This thesis project can be a research paper, policy proposal, or artistic project that explores central themes in Animal Studies in an original and rigorous way.
This M.A. program is designed so that full-time students can complete it within one year. We expect full-time students to complete it within three semesters and part-time students to complete it within six, and we provide students with every opportunity to meet these goals.
We welcome applications from anyone interested, independently of background, and we work with each admitted student to create a personalized course of study that serves your interests and aspirations. For information about our program requirements and deadlines, or to submit an application, please see here.
Please also note that NYU offers a waiver of the application fee under certain circumstances, provided that prospective students apply for this waiver in advance. You can find more information about this possibility here, and you also find information about financial aid opportunities for M.A. students here.
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact Jeff Sebo, the Director of the M.A. Program, at email@example.com.