Graduate Admissions

Application Deadlines


Master's Programs


  • MA in Hebrew and Judaic Studies: January 4, 2017
  • MA in Ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian Studies: January 4, 2017
  • Dual MA in Hebrew and Judaic Studies (GSAS)/ MS in Library and Information Science (LIU - Palmer School): January 4, 2017
  • Dual MA in Hebrew and Judaic Studies (GSAS)/MPA (Wagner): April 1, 2017 (Recommended Deadline, January 4, 2017*)

*Dual-degree applications received after the preferred deadline will not be considered for funding.


Doctoral Programs


  • PhD in Hebrew and Judaic Studies: January 4, 2017 (Recommended Deadline, December 18, 2016)
  • Joint PhD in Hebrew and Judaic Studies/History: January 4, 2017 (Recommended Deadline, December 18, 2016)

Please Note: All deadlines that fall on a weekend are rolled to 5 pm on the Monday directly following the official deadline.


Required Application Materials


  • Online Application
  • $100 Application Fee
  • 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 and the Skirball Department of Hebrew & Judaic Studies at NYU. The statement should not exceed two double-spaced pages.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (at least 2 must be academic)
  • Academic Transcripts (please note, GSAS prefers that you scan a copy of your official transcript and upload it into your online application.  But before matriculating all students must submit official transcripts in hard copy form)
  • Official test scores for the GRE general test (NYU GSAS code: 2596)
  • Official test scores for the TOEFL if the applicant is not a native English speaker (NYU GSAS code: 2596) OR official test scores for the IELTS (Official scores may be sent by contacting your test center directly and requesting that the test scores be sent electronically to New York University, Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York, NY. There is no institutional code.)
  • An academic writing sample is recommended.  Writing samples should be double spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt font, and should not exceed 6000 words.
  • (PhD Only) Statement of Hebrew Proficiency. Upload a one page, double spaced, description of proficiency in Hebrew and the sources from which is was acquired.  Non-native speakers should please indicate 1) the institutions at which they studied Hebrew; 2) the textbooks from which they studied; 3) the extent to which their program of study incorporated Biblical, classical, and modern Hebrew; 4) and the highest level achieved.  Native speakers should please indicate the years completed in Israeli schools and universities.
  • (PhD Only) Optional autobiographical statement in Hebrew, one page.  The statement should be handwritten, personally by the applicant and should be scanned or saved as a pdf file and upload to the online application.

Dual-Degree Applicants must also apply to LIU or the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.


Where to Apply

Apply to the Graduate School of Arts and Science online.

For information about the application process such as using the online application; submitting supporting materials such as the GRE or TOEFL, transcripts, and letters of recommendation; applying as an international student; or preparing your application, please first visit the Graduate School's helpful Application Resource Center. If your question is not answered through the Application Resource Center, contact Graduate Enrollment Services at

Please do not send supporting materials to our Department, as this delays our application processing time. Submit all application materials online.