Nyu Steinhardt Admissions Essay

Thank you for your interest in graduate study at NYU Steinhardt. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates who hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Follow the steps below to apply for a master's, doctoral, or advanced certificate degree program. If you are not applying for a degree, complete the non-matriculated student application

How to Apply

1. Prepare Your Application

Start by selecting Master's Programs, Doctoral Programs, or Advanced Certificate Programs. You'll see a comprehensive list of our programs. Click on your program of interest to see the application guide and review the admissions instructions and requirements.

  • Master’s Programs: 
    MA (master of arts), MFA (master of fine arts), MM (master of music), MS (master of science)
    • Applied Statistics for Social Science Research (ASSR-MS)
    • Art + Education: Art, Education, and Community Practice (AECP-MA)
    • Art + Education: Teachers of Art, All Grades: Professional Certification (AREP-MA)
    • Art + Education: Teaching Art, All Grades: Initial Certification (AREI-MA)
    • Art Therapy (ARTT-MA)
    • Bilingual Education for Teachers (BILM-MA)
    • Business and Workplace Education (BWEM-MA)
    • Childhood Education, Grades 1-6: Initial Certification (CHED-MA)
    • Childhood Education/Special Ed: Childhood, Grades 1-6: Dual Certification (CSEC-MA)
    • Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSDM-MS)
    • Communicative Sciences and Disorders – Online Program – Speech@NYU (YCSD-MS)
    • Community Public Health: Community Health (HCPH/CPH-MPH)
    • Community Public Health: International Community Health (HCPH/IPH-MPH)
    • Community Public Health: Public Health Nutrition (HCPH/NPH-MPH)
    • Costume Studies (ARCS-MA)
    • Costume Studies and Library and Information Science - Dual Degree: Master of Art/Master of Science (CSLS-MA)
    • Counseling and Guidance (MA) and LGBT (Certificate) - Dual Degree (CNGG-MA/ADCRT)
    • Counseling and Guidance – Online Program – Counseling@NYU (YCNG-MA)
    • Counseling and Guidance: with a Concentration in Bilingual School Counselor K-12 (CNGU/CGB-MA)
    • Counseling and Guidance: with a Concentration in Counselor in Schools K-12 (CNGU/CGS-MA)
    • Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness (CMHW-MA)
    • Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness (MA) and LGBT (Certificate) - Dual Degree (CMLG-MA/ADCRT)
    • Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness – Online Program – Counseling@NYU (YCMH-MA)
    • Dance Education: Teachers of Dance, All Grades: Professional Certification (DATP-MA)
    • Dance Education: Teaching Dance in the Professions (DAPR-MA)
    • Dance Education: Teaching Dance in the Professions: American Ballet Theatre Pedagogy (DAPR/ABT-MA)
    • Dance Education: Teaching Dance, All Grades: Initial Certification (DATC-MA)
    • Dance Education: Teaching Dance, All Grades: Initial Certification and Tisch MFA in Dance - Dual Degree (DEDA-MA)
    • Digital Media Design for Learning (DMDL-MA)
    • Drama Therapy (DRMT-MA)
    • Drama Therapy: 60-Credit Option (DRRL-MA)
    • Early Childhood Ed/Special Ed: Early Childhood, Birth-Grade 2: Dual Certification (ESEE-MA)
    • Early Childhood Education, Birth to Grade 2: Initial Certification (ECED-MA)
    • Education and Jewish Studies (EDJS-MA)
    • Education and Jewish Studies and Hebrew and Judaic Studies - Dual Degree: Steinhardt/GSAS (EJHJ-MA)
    • Education and Social Policy (EDSP-MA)
    • Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy (ELPA-MA)
    • Educational Leadership: School Building Leader (ELSB-MA)
    • Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities (EDTC-MA)
    • Educational Theatre, All Grades and English 7-12: Dual Certification (ETED-MA)
    • Educational Theatre, All Grades and Social Studies 7-12: Dual Certification (ETSS-MA)
    • Educational Theatre, All Grades: Initial Certification (EDTA-MA)
    • English Education and Teaching Students with Disabilities: Teaching English and Teaching Students with Disabilities, Grades 7-12: Dual Initial Certification (ENGG-MA)
    • English Education: Teachers of English 7-12: Professional Certification (ENGP-MA)
    • English Education: Teachers of English Language and Literature in Colleges: Non-Certification (ENGC-MA)
    • English Education: Teaching English Grades 7-12: Initial Certification (ENGL-MA)
    • Environmental Conservation Education (ENYC-MA)
    • Food Studies (FOOD-MA)
    • Food Studies and Library and Information Science - Dual Degree: Master of Arts/Master of Science (FSLS-MA)
    • Foreign Language Education (FLED-MA)
    • Games for Learning (GLET-MS)
    • Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA-MA)
    • History of Education (HSED-MA)
    • Human Development and Social Intervention (HDSI-MA)
    • Human Development and Social Intervention (MA) and LGBT (Certificate) - Dual Degree (HDLG-MA/ADCRT)
    • Instrumental Performance (MUIP-MM)
    • Instrumental Performance: Jazz Instrumental Performance (MUIP/JIP-MM)
    • International Education (INTS-MA)
    • Literacy, Birth-Grade 6 (LITB-MA)
    • Literacy, Grades 5-12 (LITC-MA)
    • Master's Degree Programs in Teaching and Learning
    • Mathematics Education: Teachers of Mathematics 7-12: Professional Certification (MTHP-MA)
    • Mathematics Education: Teaching Mathematics Grades 7-12: Initial Certification (MTHE-MA)
    • Media, Culture, and Communication (MDCC-MA)
    • Media, Culture, and Communication and Library and Information Science - Dual Degree: Master of Arts/Master of Science (MCLS-MA)
    • Music Business (MUBG-MA)
    • Music Business: Concentration in Music Technology (MUBG:TTT-MA)
    • Music Education: BM Music/MA Music Education - Dual Degree: For current NYU Steinhardt students ONLY (MUSD-MA)
    • Music Education: For Schools, Colleges, and Communities (MUSE/MCU-MA)
    • Music Education: Teaching Music, All Grades: Initial Certification (MUSA-MA)
    • Music Technology (MUMT-MM)
    • Music Technology and Advanced Certificate in Tonmeister Studies - Dual Degree (MTTD-MM/ADCRT)
    • Music Theory and Composition (MTAC-MM)
    • Music Theory and Composition: Scoring for Film and Multimedia (MTAC/FMS-MM)
    • Music Theory and Composition: Songwriting (MTAC/SGW-MM)
    • Music Therapy (MUST-MA)
    • Nutrition and Dietetics: Clinical Nutrition (HOND/CNU-MS)
    • Nutrition and Dietetics: Foods and Nutrition (HOND/FNU-MS)
    • Occupational Therapy (MS) and (OTD) - Two-Tiered Degree (OTDD-MS/OTD)
    • Occupational Therapy – Advanced OT – For Occupational Therapists ONLY (OTTH-MA)
    • Occupational Therapy: Professional Program (OTHR-MS)
    • Performing Arts Administration (AADP-MA)
    • Performing Arts Administration MA and Tisch BFA in Drama - Dual Degree (AAPD-MA)
    • Physical Therapists: Kinesiology (PTHP-MA)
    • Piano Performance Concentration in Solo Piano and Advanced Certificate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy - Dual Degree (MPPD-MM/ADCRT)
    • Piano Performance: Collaborative Piano (MUPP/CPI-MM)
    • Piano Performance: Solo Piano (MUPP/SPI-MM)
    • Secondary Education, Grades 7-12: Initial Certification (EMT-MAT)
    • Social Studies Education and Teaching Students with Disabilities: Teaching Social Studies and Teaching Students with Disabilities, Grades 7-12: Dual Initial Certification (SOCG-MA)
    • Social Studies Education: Teachers of Social Studies, Grades 7-12: Professional Certification (SSSP-MA)
    • Social Studies Education: Teaching Social Studies Grades 7-12: Initial Certification (SSST-MA)
    • Sociology of Education (SOED-MA)
    • Special Education: Childhood (SECH-MA)
    • Special Education: Early Childhood (SEEC-MA)
    • Studio Art (ARSA-MFA)
    • Teacher Education Dual-Degree Programs for NYU CAS Students - Accelerated BA/MA
    • Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TSOL-MA)
    • Teaching a Foreign Language 7-12 and TESOL, All Grades: Dual Certification (FLTS-MA)
    • Teaching a Foreign Language 7-12: Initial Certification - Master of Arts Programs
    • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages "TESOL": Initial Certification (TSOG-MA)
    • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages – Shanghai Program (TSOL/SHY-MA)
    • Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language: Joint Degree: Steinhardt and GSAS - Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language (7-12) and TESOL (All Grades) (FLTS/SLT-MA)
    • Visual Arts Administration (ARVA-MA)
    • Vocal Performance: Classical Voice (MUVP/CLV-MM)
    • Vocal Performance: Music Theatre Performance (MUVP/MTP-MM)
    • Vocal Performance/Vocal Pedagogy: Classical Voice - Dual Degree: Master of Music/Advanced Certificate (MVPR/CLV-MM/ADCRT)
    • Vocal Performance/Vocal Pedagogy: Music Theatre Performance - Dual Degree: Master of Music/Advanced Certificate (MVPR/MTH-MM/ADCRT)
  • Doctoral Programs: 
    PhD (doctor of philosophy), EdD (doctor of education), DPT (doctor of physical therapy), OTD (doctor of occupational therapy)
  • Advanced Certificate Programs: 
    ADCRT


A note about multiple applications. Although you may apply to more than one school at NYU, you may submit only one application to NYU Steinhardt. Submitting multiple applications will delay your decision and could potentially hinder your status.

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2. Apply

Begin your application by following the instructions to create an account. You can start working on it, save it, and use your login information to return to it later. You will be asked to submit the application fee using a major credit card.  

You may need to submit transcripts, a statement of purpose, a résumé or CV, letters of recommendation, test scores, and supporting materials such as supplemental essays or a portfolio. For more detailed instructions, see the application guide page for your program.

After you fill in and upload all the required information, you can submit your completed application. You will be prompted to pay the application fee by major credit card and will see your application status change from “saved” to “submitted.” Please print the submitted status screen for your records. If your application status is listed as submitted, your application has been successfully sent.

If your program of interest requires standardized test scores, you must request your official scores be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Mailing Additional Items
If any remaining application materials need to be mailed to our office, mail the materials together in a single mailing using this document cover sheet. Items received without the cover sheet take longer to process and match to your application. Please do not mail your materials in binders or folders.

Materials must be received by, not postmarked by, the stated deadline. Only completed applications will be considered and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Due to high volume, we are unable to confirm receipt of mailed materials.

 

3. Receive Your Admission Decision 

You will be notified about your decision by email. Typically, decisions will start going out in late November for Spring semester enrollment and in late March or early April for Summer or Fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.


Policy on Application Fee Waivers
Graduate application fee waivers are provided for the following groups of candidates:

  • Fulbright or other sponsored student being placed through an agency such as IIE
  • Participants in the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT)
  • McNair scholars
  • Current Steinhardt undergraduate students
  • Candidates also applying to the Bronx VA internship with our MS in nutrition program
  • City Year alumna/alumnus
  • Current participants with University Study
  • Current participants with IAE Global
  • Participant in Project 1000
  • Teach for America alumna/alumnus
  • AmeriCorps alumna/alumnus
  • Returned Peace Corps volunteers, who have completed or will complete their service prior to enrolling at NYU Steinhardt.
  • Members of the U.S. Military/National Guard or U.S.veteran
  • The application fee poses a financial hardship

During the application submission process you will be asked if you are among any of these groups. Responding yes will waive your application fee. NYU Steinhardt reserves the right to request additional information to verify your status in any of these categories. Once an application fee is paid, it will not be refunded.

Fee waiver policies for the following degree programs are administered by centralized application services. NYU Steinhardt has no influence over who is eligible for an application fee waiver and whether or not these servies will grant a fee waiver. For more information follow the link provided:

  • MS in communicative sciences and disorders (on-campus) - administered through CSDCAS
  • DPT entry level program - administered through PTCAS

All applicants must complete New York University’s Application for Undergraduate Admissions in addition to the Music Business supplemental application package,Please note that the Music Business Program only admits freshmen and transfers for the Fall term.

Application to the Steinhardt Music Business undergraduate program includes a required supplemental application package. No performance audition is required. All applicants must demonstrate music potential, as the degree is a bachelor of music in Music Business. It is not necessary to be a performer to be admitted to the Music Business program, but upon graduation, you will have gained significant music skills. Please do not send letters of recommendation or other supplementary materials.

Supplemental Package Deadlines

November 1, 2017: Early Decision I
January 1, 2018: Early Decision II, regular decision
March 1, 2018: internal NYU transfers (including change of major within Steinhardt)
April 1, 2018: external transfers 

Freshman Applicants

The Music Business supplemental application package consists of four components: a cover sheet, résumé, short video, and two essays, all of which you will upload to GetAcceptd; your cover sheet, résumé, and essays should be in PDF format.

Please make sure you submit New York University’s Application for Undergraduate Admissions in addition to this supplemental application.

Here are the requirements:

  1. Complete the cover sheet.
  2. Create a one-page résumé that shows your school, any work/internship/volunteer positions you’ve had, and any musical/extracurricular activities you are involved in.
  3. Record ONE short video with the components noted below. The video helps the Music Business faculty assess your ability to carry a tune and stay on pitch; the faculty do not use it to evaluate your vocal quality, and you do not have to worry about any special lighting or production qualities. It is not necessary to be a performer to be admitted to the Music Business program.
    Components for the video:
    • Sing a cappella (without accompaniment of any kind) a one-octave major scale, ascending and descending, in any key.
    • Sing a cappella (without accompaniment of any kind) one verse and one chorus of Judy Garland’s "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
    • Sing a cappella (without accompaniment of any kind) a verse and a chorus of any existing song you’d like. The song must have a melody that you can sing, must already be recorded by another artist, and may not be spoken word.

    Please note: GetAcceptd only allows for a limited amount of content to be uploaded to it. Because of this, please make sure all components of are submitted in one singular video.

  4. Write two essays:
      • Essay topic 1 (350 words minimum, 400 words maximum)

        Below is a typical course list for your first year as a Music Business student at NYU. This first-year foundations curriculum will prepare you for success in the rest of your time at NYU. Please write about ways you foresee that these foundation courses will connect with each other and with the future music industry. In your answer, consider career areas that you are specifically interested in.

        Course Area

        Number of Courses

        Music Theory and Aural (Listening) Skills

        2

        Algebra and Calculus or Calculus I (Liberal Arts)

        1 or 2

        Keyboard Training

        2

        Business Structure of the Music Industry + Music Business

        2

        Writing the Essay (Liberal Arts)

        2

        Private music lesson or music technology class

        1

        Economics (Liberal Arts)

        1 or 2

      • Essay topic 2 (350 words minimum, 400 words maximum)

        According to the 2016 report from the Recorded Industry Association of America (RIAA), revenues from music streaming services totaled $3.9 billion, up 68% year over year, and accounted for more than 50% of total industry revenues for the first time, leading the industry to double digit overall revenue growth – the strongest industry growth since the late 1990s. This growth was driven by an increase in paid subscriptions to services like Spotify Premium, Apple Music, and TIDAL.

        Considering this data and the impact of sites like YouTube that deliver ad-supported music to consumers, what will the market for music be like in the year 2022? What do you think are the key areas of growth for the industry and why?

  5. Optional Video:As we know our applicants may be musically talented in other areas, we offer the chance for our students to further highlight their musical abilities by submitting one additional optional video to GetAcceptd. Please note this is an optional aspect of the application and is not a requirement to be considered for the program.
    Transfer Students

    The Music Business supplemental application package consists of three components: a cover letter, résumé, and short video, all of which you will upload to GetAcceptd; your cover sheet and résumé should be in PDF format.

    If you are an external transfer, please make sure you submit New York University’s Application for Undergraduate Admissions in addition to this supplemental application.

    Here are the requirements:

      1. Write a one-page cover letter, addressed to the Music Business Program Admissions Committee, that includes:
        • Your name and the name of the college or university you are attending
        • Your academic major
        • The number of university semesters you have completed
        • The reason you want to leave your current institution and enroll in the NYU Music Business program
      2. Create a one-page résumé that shows your school, any work/internship/volunteer positions you’ve had, and any musical/extracurricular activities you are involved in.
      3. Record ONE short video with the components noted below. The video helps the Music Business faculty assess your ability to carry a tune and stay on pitch; the faculty do not use it to evaluate your vocal quality, and you do not have to worry about any special lighting or production qualities. It is not necessary to be a performer to be admitted to the Music Business program.
        Components for Video:
        • Sing a cappella (without accompaniment of any kind) a one-octave major scale, ascending and descending, in any key.
        • Sing a cappella (without accompaniment of any kind) one verse and one chorus of Judy Garland’s "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
        • Sing a cappella (without accompaniment of any kind) a verse and a chorus of any existing song you’d like. The song must have a melody that you can sing, must already be recorded by another artist, and may not be spoken word.

        Please note: GetAcceptd only allows for a limited amount of content to be uploaded to it. Because of this, please make sure all components of are submitted in one singular video.

      4. Optional Video:  As we know our applicants may be musically talented in other areas, we offer the chance for our students to further highlight their musical abilities by submitting one additional optional video to GetAcceptd. Please note this is an optional aspect of the application and is not a requirement to be considered for the program.
      5. Additional steps:
        • Transfers to NYU from another academic institution: Please use this application. 
        • Transfers to NYU Steinhardt from another NYU school: Pease follow these guidelines.
        • Transfers to Music Business from another NYU Steinhardt department: Please complete the supplemental application package and submit by March 1 a cover letter, resume, and Steinhardt Change of Major form with the student information section filled out to:
          Shanieka Brooks
          Music Business Program Academic Adviser
          35 West 4th Street, 11th Floor
          New York, NY 10012
        • Transfers to Music Business from another Music and Performing Arts Professions program: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and Steinhardt Change of Major form with the student information section filled out by October 31(for Spring matriculation) or by March 1 (for Fall matriculation) to:

          Shanieka Brooks

          Music Business Program Academic Adviser

          35 West 4th Street, 11th Floor

          New York, NY 10012

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