Gallatin School of Individualized Study New York University

Gallatin School of Individualized Study New York University

New York, NY
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


Individualized graduate study at NYU

Located in the heart of New York's historic Greenwich Village, the Gallatin School of Individualized Study offers an interdisciplinary program in which MA degree program students draw on all of the resources of NYU's graduate and professional schools. By working closely with faculty advisers, Gallatin graduate students bring together their academic interests, passions, and experiences to create an individualized, interdisciplinary program. The program culminates in a master's thesis which can be a traditional research paper, an applied project, or an artistic endeavor, such as a performance, a novel, or a work of visual art.

Gallatin MA degree program students

Creative, independent-minded MA degree program students enjoy Gallatin's unique combination of flexibility and academic rigor while completing their MA degrees. Graduate students are as diverse as the concentrations they develop and range from recent college graduates to professionals seeking to enhance their existing expertise or to change careers. What they share is the motivation to embrace the challenge of interdisciplinary study and the independence and intellectual curiosity to shape and direct their own path.

Full-time students usually complete the MA degree program in two to two-and-a-half years, while part-time students may take between three and six years to complete the degree.

Students take courses throughout NYU

MA students take the majority of their course work in the various graduate schools of NYU, including the Center for Urban Science and Progress; Graduate School of Arts and Science; the Stern School of Business; Polytechnic Institute of New York University; the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; the School of Professional Studies; the Silver School of Social Work; the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development; and by enrolling in select courses in the Tisch School of the Arts.

Strong faculty advising and mentoring

Faculty advising, consultation, and mentoring are particular strengths of a Gallatin education. The School offers MA students several forms of advising to support the development of an individualized concentration. Each student is assigned a primary adviser who is a faculty member with expertise in the student's core area of interest. The faculty co-directors and the administrative director of the program also offer further guidance. A student may also seek advice from the Gallatin faculty member who reviews his or her thesis proposal or those who sit on the thesis committee.

Learning opportunities outside the traditional classroom

Outside of the classroom, Gallatin MA degree program students can further their academic goals through independent study, tutorials, internships, and private lessons in the arts.

Sample MA degree program concentrations

The Gallatin School was created for students whose academic interests cross the boundaries of traditional departments and who wish to look at these interests through an interdisciplinary lens. With the guidance of faculty advisers, Gallatin students combine course offerings in several academic disciplines or areas of professional study to create an individually tailored, interdisciplinary, and integrated concentration.

Sample MA degree program concentrations include:

Art, Politics, and Post-Colonial Theory

Economics, Business, International Development

Education Policy and Advocacy

Epistemology, Art, and Cognitive Science

Feminist Theory: Spoken Word and Social Change

Film and Middle Eastern Studies

Health Policy and Mass Communications

History, Museum Studies, and Writing

Human Rights and Child Advocacy

Music, Culture and Media

Narrative Archetypes in Popular Culture

Performance, Digital Technology, and Arts Activism

Race and Ethnicity in Asian Literature

Sexual and Gender Minority Rights

Social Entrepreneurship in Africa

Storytelling and the Narrative

The Arts and Social Change

Urban Agriculture and Sustainable Community Development

Visual Communication

New York University

New York University is one of the world's leading research universities. The Gallatin School is located at 1 Washington Place, in the heart of New York City's Greenwich Village.

Location & Contact

Gallatin School of Individualized Study

New York University

1 Washington Place
New York, NY 10003
United States

Ms. Frances Levin

Director of Enrollment

Phone: 212-998-7349

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Interdisciplinary Studies Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 50
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


51% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 190
    • Accepted 97
    • Acceptance Rate 51
    • Enrolled 39
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th January 15th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st October 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students143
    • Female Percentage71%
    • Male Percentage29%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students143
    • Part-time Percentage48%
    • Full-time Percentage52%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino7%
    • Black / African American15%
    • White / Caucasian54%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian7%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races5%
    • Unknown12%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty176
    • Full-time Percentage34%
    • Part-time Percentage66%
    • Female Percentage56%
    • Male Percentage44%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchArts and performance studies, media studies, political and social thought, literary and cultural studies, environmental and global studies, gender studies
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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