We look for evidence of outstanding academic achievement and an interest in the Middle East demonstrated through education, life or work experience.

Applicants from all undergraduate majors are eligible to apply to the program. We value, but do not require, a background or undergraduate training in a Middle Eastern language or in the politics, history and cultures of the region.


Application Requirements: We no longer require scores from the Graduate Record Examination for admission to the stand-alone M.A. in Near Eastern Studies, but we recommend them. Students applying to the joint M.A. in Near Eastern Studies and Global Journalism program must submit GRE scores. 

We do require a writing sample, and we also require that international students submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). International students who have undergraduate degrees from U.S. schools, or other universities where English is the primary language of instruction for all classes, are not required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores. Joint Journalism applicants have to meet the additional admissions requirements of the Journalism Department and should only submit writing samples that meet the Journalism application requirements. You must meet all Graduate School of Arts and Science admissions' deadlines. We accept applications for entry for the Fall semester only. The Kevorkian Center does not grant deferrals, and students must register in the term specified for admission. A student unable to register for the Fall semester, but wishing to be admitted in a subsequent year, must submit a new application and all required supplemental documents.

To request an application for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, or to download an application, go to gsas.nyu.edu/page/grad.admissionsapplication.html

To apply online, go to www.nyu.edu/gsas/online.


Please direct your questions about the admissions process to Josh Anderson (jca364@nyu.edu).