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Frequently Asked Questions

Graduate Admissions FAQ

can i sit in on a class?

Many departments allow students to informally audit a class.  Check with the Department directly.

can i study part-time?

Under special circumstances, Cinema Studies MA students may attend part-time with permission from the department. All other Tisch programs are full-time only.

can i apply to more than one program?

Yes. You can apply to a maximum of two programs in one year. You need to submit two applications, two sets of supporting and pay two fees. If accepted into both programs, you will need to accept the offer from one and decline the other as Tisch policy does not allow a student to be enrolled in more than one program.

Note - Applicants cannot apply to the following combinations of programs in one year:

  • MFA Filmmaking and Dual Degree in Film Producing
  • Cinema Studies MA program and the Moving Image Archiving & Preservation program 
  • MFA Dance and MFA/MA in Dance Education

do you offer application fee waivers?

Yes. Applicants for whom the application fee poses a hardship can request a waiver by sending an email to Associate Dean for Student Affairs Robert Cameron (robert.cameron@nyu.edu). In your email be prepared to explain the nature of the hardship and provide evidence supporting your request for a waiver.

CAN I APPLY TO A GRADUATE PROGRAM EVEN IF I DON'T HOLD A BACHELOR'S DEGREE?

A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution (or international equivalent) is required for admission to any of our Master's degree programs. 

In addition, applicants to one of our PhD programs must have or be in the process of completing a Master's degree in order to be eligible for admission. 

HOW DO I SUBMIT LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION WITH MY APPLICATION?

On the Tisch General Graduate Application, once you have logged in, on the left hand side you will see a menu with all the different sections. Towards the bottom you will see “recommendations”; click on that. On the next screen, you will be asked to enter the names and contact information for two recommendation providers.

Once you hit save, the system will send them an email with a link and instructions on how they can submit the letters. 

I WOULD LIKE TO APPLY FOR THE FALL BUT WILL NOT COMPLETE MY UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE BY THE APPLICATION DEADLINE. CAN I STILL APPLY?

You can still apply as long as you will receive your degree before starting classes with us in the fall. For the applicaiton, please submit your most up to date transcript at the time of applying, showing courses taken and marks received. 

If you are accepted into the school, we will then request a final official transcript from your school showing all courses taken and that you have received your degree.