Application Requirements for M.A. in Near Eastern Studies
Applicants must complete and submit the online application, upload the required application documents that are listed below, and pay the application fee of $110 at the time of submission. GSAS offers an admissions application fee waiver to applicants meeting certain requirements.
M.A. in Near Eastern Studies application Required Documents:
Academic Transcripts from all previous institutions
3 Letters of recommendation
a résumé or curriculum vitae
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 at NYU. The statement should not exceed two pages double-spaced.
Writing Sample: Please submit a piece of academic (or journalistic, for Global Journalism applicants) research that best showcases your abilities. It is not required that your writing sample be on the Middle East, but we strongly encourage it. It should be limited to 15 pages double-spaced, perhaps excerpting a longer work. It should be a term paper, essay, or publication that demonstrates your capacity to conduct research and/or social, political, or cultural analysis. It need not have been published.
TOEFL or IELTS (International Students only): Either the TOEFL or the IELTS is required of all applicants who are not native English speakers or who do not have a bachelor's or master's degree from an institution where the language of instruction is English. See test score FAQ.
Statement of Language History: Please document in detail your study and experience in regional languages, this can include study abroad, heritage speakers, informal study as well as classes that you took in high school and college for credit. Please indicate if language study is of interest to you during your M.A. program and what language you seek to study. The statement should not exceed one double-spaced pages.
- Personal History Essay: The purpose of this optional essay is to get to know you as an individual and as a potential graduate student, and how your lived experience will significantly contribute to our goals of equity, inclusion, and academic excellence at the Graduate School. Please describe how your personal background has motivated you to pursue a graduate degree. Please note that the Personal History Statement is not meant to be a general autobiography. The statement is optional and should not exceed two double-spaced pages. It should not duplicate the Statement of Academic Purpose.
Required (Additional) Documents for Joint M.A. in Near Eastern Studies/Journalism:
Joint Journalism applicants also have to meet the additional admissions requirements of the Journalism Department and should only submit writing samples that meet the Journalism application requirements.
Additional Documents required for this joint M.A. program are:
Personal Essay: Journalism requires applicants to write a personal essay. The essay is an extremely important part of the application, so treat it accordingly. The essay should be 1,000 to 1,500 words in length.
Three different writing samples are required: The writing samples need not have been published, although if you have clips you are proud of, please do submit them. The samples should represent your best overall work and your aptitude for journalism. Clips from your college newspaper, personal essays, academic research papers, and short fiction are all acceptable.
Required (Additional) Documents for Library and Information Science degree with Long Island University (LIU):
- Students interested in the dual degree program at NYU and LIU apply separately for admission to each school. Please check here for the M.S. in Library and Information Science Program application requirements.
To request an application for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, or to download an application, go to gsas.nyu.edu/admissions/gsas-application-resource-center.html
To apply online, go to apply.gsas.nyu.edu/apply
Step 1: online application
Step 2: Prepare for recommendation letters submission
Step 3: Documents Submission
Step 3: Application Fee ($110)