Though we do not have a single formula for making admissions decisions, admission to the program is highly competitive. A committee of Department faculty, constituted each year, reviews all applications and selects qualified students who have intersecting research interests with professors in our department. Individual professors do not choose applicants with whom they would like to work. The Department does not interview prospective students, and interested applicants do not need to visit the Department or meet with individual professors prior to applying. Students who are admitted to the program will have an opportunity to meet current faculty and students, and visit the campus, come spring. Applications for admission are due in December and decisions are typically announced in February.
If you are a prospective student, please visit our Ph.D. Program Overview page where you can learn more about our plan of study. Please also review the range of Faculty by Fields of Interest to help decide whether NYU is the right place for your studies.