How does the new admissions cycle work?
The NYU Music Department has transitioned from admitting applicants every year to admitting applicants two out of every three years. The department will admit a slightly larger cohort of students for two consecutive years, followed by a year in which we will suspend admissions to the department entirely. This will allow us to better serve the needs of our graduate program, focusing on mentoring, guidance, and the development of experiential and professional opportunities.
Why are we making this change?
It makes the NYU Music Department and its graduate program stronger. The new admissions schedule also:
• Guarantees a robust and diverse graduate cohort in the years students are entering the program.
• Provides deeper mentoring and more individualized advising to our graduate students.
• Allows us to offer our students additional opportunities that take advantage of our ties to the downtown music community and our location in the heart of Greenwich Village.
• Increases the number of graduate seminars initiated by our current departmental research interests.
• Enables us to increase the number of concerts, colloquia, conferences, and other public-facing events we offer in our “off” years.
• Enables us, over time, to develop more generous sources of financial support for our students.
What else about the program is changing?
Nothing! The rest of our graduate program will remain as immersive, engaging, and challenging as always. Our graduate students will continue to benefit from our intimate size, collegial atmosphere, respected faculty, and outstanding track record of placement. None of this will change, nor will our commitment to building an exciting intellectual community and providing an open and interdisciplinary environment where students feel free to pursue their passions.
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