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How to apply

Admissions deadlines and requirements differ for undergraduate and graduate programs.  Please see below for program-specific instructions.

undergraduate program in Performance Studies (BA)

deadlines (BA)

Undergraduate applicants must complete the NYU Common Application online, and a Written Supplement ("Portfolio") submitted via SlideRoom.  All materials should be received by the dates listed below.

 

PLAN PREFERRED PORTFOLIO DEADLINE PORTFOLIO DEADLINE COMMON APP DEADLINE DEADLINE TO CHANGE DEPT.*
Early Decision 1 October 1 November 1 November 1 November 8
Early Decision 2 December 1 January 1 January 1 January 8
Regular Decision December 1 January 1 January 1 January 8
Spring Transfer October 1 November 1 November 1 November 8
Summer/Fall Internal February 1 March 1 March 1 March 8
Summer/Fall External March 1 April 1 April 1 April 8
* Requests made by applicants to change from one Tisch department to another after the deadline must be approved by the Associate Director of Admissions in consultation with the department and the Director of Recruitment.

application instructions (BA)

To apply to the Department of Performance Studies, applicants must complete both the New York University common application online, and submit a statement of purpose ("Portfolio") via SlideRoom, which is accessible through the Common Application.

For the Portfolio, please submit a 750-1000 word statement that addresses your interest in performance studies, why you think you are a good fit for this department, and what you hope to gain from the experience of studying with us. What do you hope to study and write about in the field of Performance Studies? Why are you applying to this program and not a more traditional program such as anthropology, dance, or theatre?

Admission is based on previous academic achievement and evidence of strong skills in writing and cultural analysis.

"You become a part of a performance collective the minute you set foot in this space. It's a profoundly collaborative, quirky, rich and fascinating environment."

— Barbara Browning, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Graduate Programs in Performance Studies (MA and Ph.D.)

Deadlines (MA and Ph.D.)

Note: "Internal" applicants for Ph.D. are those who have earned their MA from the Department of Performance Studies.  "External" applicants are those who earned their Masters at another institution or school in NYU.
  • MA applicants: January 15
  • Ph.D. applicants (External): January 15
  • Ph.D. applicants (Internal): first day of Spring Semester, January 23

MA application instructions

Admission to the Master’s program in Performance Studies is based on an evaluation of previous academic achievements, presence of a clear scholarly focus, and compatibility with the philosophy of the program. 

In addition to the general Tisch Graduate Application, we ask that you prepare the following:

  1. statement of purpose (three to five double-spaced pages, maximum) that addresses:

    a) your specific research interest in the field of Performance Studies

    b) why you are applying to this program (and not a more traditional program such as anthropology, dance, or theatre)

    c) how your academic, professional, and/or artistic background make you an ideal candidate for the program. 

  2. writing sample (10-15 double-spaced pages, maximum) that reflects your ability to carry out sustained academic research and writing, preferably one that relates to the field of Performance Studies. (10- to 15 double-spaced pages, maximum.)

  3. Two letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty who are familiar with your recent academic work.

  4. All academic transcripts

  5. professional résumé listing academic background, relevant work experience, honors, affiliations with professional organizations, papers presented at conferences, published work, etc.

The résumé, statement of purpose, writing sample, and recommendations should be attached to your online application for admission. GREs are not required. Ideally, academic credentials will be uploaded as scanned documents along with the application for admission. They also may be transmitted electronically through a secure third-party service. Check with your school's records or credential-issuing office to see if this kind of service is available. You also can mail, or instruct your school to mail, one copy of your educational record to:

Office of Graduate Admissions 726 Broadway, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10003

(Please note that you may upload transcripts or have them mailed in. You do not have to do both.)

Ph.D. Application Instructions

The Ph.D. program in Performance Studies is small and rigorous. It offers intensive training for students who wish to become the new leaders of the field. The Tisch Performance Studies program accepts up to four new students a year. Ph.D. students begin full-time enrollment in September.

A previously earned master’s degree is required for applicants wishing to enter directly into the doctoral program.  A completed M.A. or M.S. is generally required for consideration.  Applicants holding an MFA or M.MUS degree, who have a strong academic training background in performance theory may be considered on a case by case basis.

In addition to the general Tisch Graduate Application, we ask that you prepare the following:

  1. statement of purpose (three to five double-spaced pages, maximum) that addresses

    a) your specific research interest in the field of Performance Studies,

    b) why you are applying to this program (and not a more traditional program such as anthropology, dance, or theatre), and

    c) how your academic, professional, and/or artistic background make you an ideal candidate for the program.

    d) A brief description of your proposed dissertation topic and how the department/faculty will help you achieve your academic goals.

  2. A critical writing sample (10-15 double-spaced pages, maximum) that reflects your ability to carry out sustained academic research and writing, preferably one that relates to the field of Performance Studies. (10- to 15 double-spaced pages, maximum.)

  3. Two letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty who are familiar with your recent academic work.

  4. All academic transcripts

  5. professional résumé listing academic background, work experience, honors, affiliations with professional organizations, papers presented at conferences, published work, etc.

The resume, statement of purpose, writing sample, and recommendations should be attached to your online application for admission. GREs are not required. Ideally, academic credentials will be uploaded as scanned documents along with the application for admission. They also may be transmitted electronically through a secure third-party service. Check with your school's records or credential-issuing office to see if this service is available. You also can mail, or instruct your school to mail, one copy of your educational record to:

Office of Graduate Admissions 726 Broadway, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10003

(Please note that you may upload transcripts or have them mailed in. You do not have to do both.)