Preprofessional, Accelerated, and Specialized Programs


The prehealth program in the College of Arts and Science is appropriate for any student who plans to apply to medical, dental, veterinary, osteopathic medical, optometry, podiatry, or other health professional schools. The prehealth program of study minimally requires completion of the following courses: Principles of Biology I and II (BIOL-UA 11, BIOL-UA 12); Principles of Biology Laboratory (BIOL-UA 123), for students not majoring in biology; General Chemistry I and Laboratory (CHEM-UA 125); General Chemistry II and Laboratory (CHEM-UA 126); Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory (CHEM-UA 225); Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory (CHEM-UA 226); General Physics I and II (PHYS-UA 11, 12); Writing the Essay (EXPOS-UA 100), plus one elective in English or expository writing; Calculus I (MATH-UA 121) or its equivalent; and Biochemistry I (CHEM-UA 881). Preparation for specific entrance exams may warrant the completion of additional coursework in the social sciences, specifically in the areas of psychology and sociology. Some professional schools may recom­mend or require additional courses, such as statistics, genetics, or microbiology.

While prehealth students should strive to earn the best grades possible, they must also keep in mind that schools of the health pro­fessions evaluate every aspect of a candidate's background when making admission decisions. Therefore, students are encouraged to pursue a major of heartfelt interest, to par­ticipate in extracurricular activities of their choosing, and to develop intellectual pursuits and hobbies outside their schoolwork.

Additionally, all prehealth students are very strongly encouraged to obtain work experience, whether as a paid employee or volunteer, in the area they would like to pursue. This practical experience allows students to make an intelligent and informed decision about whether or not they should pursue a career in the health professions. Admissions committees will see that the applicant is dedicated enough to learn about a particular profession, and has been exposed to both its benefits and its challenges.

The College's Preprofessional Advising Center (Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East, Room 901; 212-998-8160) has developed an extensive evaluation process that culminates in a letter generated by the Committee on Evaluations to Schools of the Health Professions. Students preparing to apply to schools of the health professions participate in the committee process during the academic year preceding their applica­tion year. Students are encouraged to keep in touch with preprofessional advising through­out their time at NYU so that they are aware of the procedures and deadlines for receiving a committee letter of evaluation. Applicants to schools of the health professions must have completed at least five of the required prehealth science courses within the past ten (10) years at NYU in order to be eligible for a committee interview and letter from the CAS Preprofessional Advising Center.

Students considering a career in the health professions are strongly urged to discuss their intentions with an academic adviser as early as possible. There is no ¡§premed¡¨ major at the College, and the designation will not appear on a student's transcript. Students complete the relevant prehealth courses in tandem with their major, College Core Curriculum, and minor (if any) requirements, and it is this parallel structure that allows students to start or stop their prehealth coursework without impacting the completion of their degree.

While the Preprofessional Advising Center is located in the College of Arts and Science, preprofessional advisors frequently work with students from other NYU undergraduate divisions who wish to follow the prehealth curriculum. Very detailed information about the undergraduate experience as a prehealth student, about prerequisites for health professional schools, and about the committee process is avail­able on the Preprofessional Advising Center website,


B.A./D.D.S. Program

The B.A./D.D.S. program is a seven-year joint program between the College of Arts and Science and the College of Dentistry at New York University. It is designed for students who are certain that they would like to pursue a career in dentistry. Admission requirements include a minimum high school GPA of 3.5 and combined SAT scores of at least 1370.

Students are admitted to the program as incoming freshmen and engage in academic studies and cocurricular activities that will prepare them for the dental school curriculum. They spend the first three years of the program at the College of Arts and Science, where they complete the College Core Curriculum, the prehealth requirements, and an abbreviated biology major, for a total of 104 points. Students must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.2, as well as a major GPA of at least 3.4; in addition, grades of B or higher must be earned in all courses required for the abbreviated biology major. Students are also expected to participate in the program's cocurricular activities, which are designed to enhance their understanding of the dental profession; these activities include special lectures, field trips, and cultural functions.

During the fall of the third year, students in the B.A./D.D.S. program take the Dental Admission Test and make formal application to the College of Dentistry. Students enter the College of Dentistry in fall of the fourth year and must maintain matriculation in the College of Arts and Science during their first year of dental school. For the B.A. degree to be awarded, an official copy of the first-year dental school transcript and a statement from the College of Dentistry indicating promotion to the second year of dental studies is forwarded to the associate dean for advising and student services in the College of Arts and Science's Office of the Dean.


The NYU postbaccalaureate prehealth studies program is a certificate program that provides support to students inter­ested in pursuing a career in the health professions. The program is designed for career-changer students who have already earned a bachelor's degree, but have not yet taken some or all of the science courses required for admission to graduate study in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physician assistantship, physical therapy, or other health professions.

Our postbaccalaureate students are fully integrated into NYU's community of undergraduates, attending courses alongside other students who are also committed to a prehealth education. They are taught by leading members of the Faculty of Arts and Science, who are known for their accessibil­ity and student-centered teaching.

CAS postbaccalaureates have full access to NYU's staff of dedicated advisers located in the College's Preprofessional Advising Center (Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East, Room 901; 212-998-8160).  In addition to our professional staff, the postbaccalaureate student community provides a supportive environment for academic success. Postbaccalaureates are also encouraged to attend the peer tutoring and group review sessions offered by the University Learning Center, which are free of cost.

In addition to the successful completion of prehealth coursework, postbaccalaureate students are expected to build a prehealth ¡§portfolio¡¨ by pursuing clinical, research, and/or community volunteer opportuni­ties outside the classroom to expand their knowledge of the healthcare industry. Students are encouraged to search for health-related opportunities, both on- and off-campus, through the weekly prehealth email newsletter and the Wasserman Center for Career Development.

Prior to submitting applications to graduate health professional programs, postbac­calaureate students will participate in the application and interview process facilitated by the NYU Committee on Evaluations to Schools of the Health Professions. During this process, students will be evaluated on their performance in the postbaccalaureate program in combination with their extra­curricular involvement. The end result is an institutional letter of evaluation, which supplements their application to graduate health professional programs.

Students admitted to the postbaccalaureate program must have earned an undergradu­ate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students are only eligible for the postbaccalaureate certificate program if they plan to complete at least half of the prehealth science curriculum at NYU. The postbaccalaureate curriculum is designed to be completed in two years, including summer courses, but completion time may vary depending on the student's prior academic background and the student's semester of entry into the program (e.g., fall, spring, summer). The minimum time spent in our program is one academic year, and the maximum is three academic years.

Students who have successfully completed the NYU postbaccalaureate program have been admitted to a variety of prestigious medical and dental programs, including Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Pittsburgh, SUNY, Mount Sinai, and Albert Einstein.

Prospective students are invited to explore our program and review the NYU prehealth science curriculum at We hold information sessions about the postbaccalaureate program throughout the year—typically in August, November, February, and May—to give prospective students an opportunity to meet with program staff and current postbaccalaureate students in a group setting. Please contact us at postbacc@nyu. edu or call our office to speak with a staff member should you have questions about the program.


The College endorses the position of the Association of American Law Schools that a single ¡§best¡¨ preparation for law school cannot be recommended. As such, there is no prescribed prelaw curriculum, so prelaw students are free to choose from the wide variety of courses offered at the College of Arts and Science.

Purpose of Prelaw Study

While the College does not require prelaw students to follow a specific academic curriculum, it does advise enrolling in courses that require extensive reading, research, and writing. The College Core Curriculum is excellent preparation for prelaw students, as it offers a rigorous and study in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The honors programs offered by several departments provide opportunities to complete substantial writing projects during the junior and senior years. No matter which major a student chooses, law schools value a well-rounded liberal arts education, so students should select their electives wisely. For example, the precision of methodology and thought required of students in mathematics, computer science, logic, and the natural sciences will aid in the development of analytic skills, while a background in the behavioral sciences and the humanities (politics, economics, history, literature, philosophy, anthropology, and sociology) will offer a deeper understanding of human institutions and values, as well as opportunities for critical thinking and writing.


The staff of the College's Preprofessional Advising Center (Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East, Room 901; 212­998-8160) can advise students on general course selection, participation in clubs and organizations, law school applications, and related issues. The office serves as a clearinghouse for dean's certification forms, required by a number of law schools as part of their admissions process. The Lawyer Alumni Mentoring Program (LAMP) offers CAS juniors an opportunity to apply for one-on-one mentoring with experienced attorneys who are alumni of the College, and the Prelaw Advisory Board serves as a focus group for the overall prelaw commu­nity. Students should visit for more information.

Other Prelaw-Related Activities

The New York University School of Law, conveniently located across the Square from the College, sponsors many events open to the University community. The school's proximity allows prelaw students to observe first-year law school classes and to meet and speak informally with students actively pursuing legal studies. The College also sponsors talks by guest speakers on law-related topics  and arranges for representatives from various law schools to visit the College for information sessions during the fall semester. In addition, the Wasserman Center for Career Development administers sample Law School Admission Tests (LSAT) in the fall and spring of each year and co-hosts events and panels open to the university's prelaw community.


Joint B.S./B.S. Program in Engineering

Since the fall of 2010, the College's dual degree program with the NYU Tandon (formerly Polytechnic) School of Engineering has offered highly qualified and motivated students who are techni­cally oriented the opportunity to pursue both a liberal arts program with a major in science and a traditional engineering program. The program is ideal for the student interested in science and engineer­ing who is also eager for a liberal arts experience before entering an under­graduate engineering environment. Upon completion of this five-year program, students receive both a B.S. degree from the College of Arts and Science and a B.S. degree from the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. Students are admitted to the program as incoming freshmen.

See the section on engineering in this Bulletin for details. For more information, students may consult the academic adviser for the dual B.S./B.S. program in the College Advising Center (Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East, Room 905; 212-998-8130) and visit

Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Program (CAS and GSAS)

The College of Arts and Science (CAS) and the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) offer students in many departments the opportunity to earn both the bachelor's and master's degrees in a shorter period of time and at less cost than is normally the case. Students may even be eligible to complete a master's degree in a department different than that of their undergraduate major. Qualifying students are typically accepted towards the end of the sophomore year or during the junior year.

Students in the program must satisfy all requirements of both the bachelor's and master's degrees; there is no double-counting of courses. In order to complete the program in five years, students are required to complete at least a quarter of the graduate credits that are required for the master's degree before earning the bachelor's. This would mean at least eight graduate credits towards a 32-credit master's program, or at least nine towards a 36-credit program. There are a few notable exceptions: as few as eight credits can be earned towards the 40-credit politics M.A. program, while nine and twelve credits are required towards the 32-credit economics M.A. and the 32-credit museum studies M.A., respectively. Students can earn additional graduate credits towards the master's before they complete the bach­elor's, as their schedule permits.

Students in CAS and Global Liberal Studies (GLS) may apply to the program once they have completed a minimum of three semesters toward the bachelor's degree (at least one semester in CAS is also required for transfer students), and prior to their final two undergraduate terms. To be eligible, students must have a minimum of two terms remaining in CAS or GLS (excluding January term) during which they are still working towards completion of undergraduate requirements. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 to apply and, if admitted, to transition into GSAS.

Students must also satisfy any additional bachelor's/master's application prerequisite that may be set by their graduate program of interest. These may include a certain major GPA, declaration of the department's undergraduate major or minor, comple­tion of specified coursework, a relevant internship experience, or a meeting with the program director prior to application. Students interested in applying should care­fully review the participating departments page of the bachelor's/master's program website to check for program-specific eligibility requirements.

Bachelor's/master's students who satisfy program requirements as undergraduates receive a scholarship covering 50% of master's tuition and registration fees during the graduate school year. The scholarship is provided only after completion of the bach­elor's degree and upon matriculation into the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS). It remains available for twelve months from the point of matriculation into GSAS, which is up to three consecutive terms. The bachelor's/master's scholarship is available to all students in the program, including international students, and it does not require an additional application.

Bachelor's/master's students who make additional tuition payments as undergradu­ates in order to accelerate their program of study receive 50% reimbursement for master's coursework that they took during a summer undergraduate term or in excess of 18 credits in a fall or spring undergraduate semester. This reimbursement is available during the GSAS year and it supplements the 50% reduction of tuition and fees for new master's coursework taken during that year. Beyond the 50% program scholarship, students may be eligible for additional forms of financial aid once they matriculate into GSAS.

Application guidelines and a schedule of walk-in advising hours for this program are available on the bachelor's/master's program website.

Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Teacher Education Programs (CAS and Steinhardt)

The College of Arts and Science (CAS) and the Steinhardt Department of Teaching and Learning offer dual degree programs that allow CAS students in selected majors to complete both their B.A. and an M.A. in teacher education from the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Students admitted to one of the B.A./M.A. teacher education programs can, with careful planning, earn both degrees at less cost than is normally the case.

These dual degree programs combine the benefits of a broad liberal arts education at the ndergraduate level with a professional education at the graduate level. All programs qualify graduates for initial certification as a teacher in grades 7 through 12 in most states around the country.

At this time, CAS and Steinhardt offer the following dual degree teacher education programs:

B.A. in English/M.A. in teaching English, grades 7-12

B.A. in history/M.A. in teaching history, grades 7-12

B.A. in mathematics/M.A. in teaching mathematics, grades 7-12

Students admitted to a bachelor's/master's teacher education track complete gradu­ate credits in teacher education as regular electives during their junior or senior years. Students may view required courses for their particular track by visiting Steinhardt's accelerated B.A./M.A. teacher education program website and may receive additional guidance from Steinhardt's graduate student advisors (Roberto Martinez,, for English and math­ematics; Khanh Le,, for social studies). Designated track courses may count toward both the B.A. and M.A. degrees. After graduation and pending admission to Steinhardt, students who have completed the teacher education track as undergraduates can finish the remaining credits required for the M.A. degree in one additional year of study.

The application process for matriculated CAS students consists of two parts. Students first apply to the teacher educa­tion track in their major. To be eligible for consideration and admission to the track, a student must have an approved major (see above) and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Students may apply to the track once they have completed a minimum of three semesters toward the bachelor's degree (at least one semester in CAS is also required for transfer students), and prior to their final two undergraduate semesters. For for­mal admission to Steinhardt, CAS seniors must also submit the Steinhardt graduate application prior to graduating from CAS. Admission to the teacher education track does not guarantee admission to Steinhardt.

Application guidelines and a schedule of walk-in advising hours for this program are available on the bachelor's/master's program website.

Accelerated B.A./M.P.A. and B.A./M.U.P. Programs (CAS and Wagner)

New York University offers students the opportunity to simultaneously pursue a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from the College of Arts and Science and a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) or Master of Urban Planning (M.U.P.) from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Students admitted to the B.A./M.P.A. or B.A./M.U.P. program can, with careful planning, earn both degrees in a shortened time and at less cost than is normally the case. This program combines the benefits of a broad liberal arts education at the undergraduate level with a profes­sional education at the graduate level.

  • CAS undergraduates in any major may apply to the B.A./M.P.A. track. Students choose between two pro­grams in Wagner—either public and nonprofit policy and management, or health policy and management— and then further specialize within either program.

  • CAS undergraduates in any one of six approved majors are eligible to apply to the B.A./M.U.P. track; the majors are economics, international relations, metropolitan studies, politics, sociology, and urban design and architecture. Students select an area of specialization within the urban planning program.

Admission to the B.A./M.P.A. or B.A./M.U.P. track is open to CAS students who have completed at least three semesters in the College with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (at least one semester in CAS is required for transfer students). For formal admission to Wagner, CAS seniors must also submit the Wagner graduate application prior to graduating from CAS; admission to the B.A./M.P.A. or B.A./M.U.P. track does not guarantee admission to Wagner.

To gain maximal benefit from the combined degree program, participat­ing students should aim to complete, while still undergraduates, 28 of the 60 points required for the M.P.A. or M.U.P. This advanced standing can be earned by enrolling in approved courses at Wagner or by taking equivalent courses in CAS, a list of which may be obtained at the website below. Designated track courses may count towards both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Courses are selected in consultation with the associate director for interschool programs in CAS or with the director of student services in Wagner. Metropolitan studies majors follow a course of study that allows them to take full advantage of the combined degree program. Interested students should speak with the director of undergraduate studies in metropolitan studies.

Application guidelines and a schedule of walk-in advising hours for this program are available on the bachelor's/master's program website.


One defining characteristic of the New York University educational experience is the opportunity students have to apply their classroom learning to real-life experiences in a variety of professional and community-service settings. New York City provides such opportunities in abundance, and the College of Arts and Science and the University take full advantage of our location in the financial, cultural, scientific, and media capital of the world. Our alumni base, for example, encompasses every conceivable profes­sion, and alumni give generously of their time to undergraduate students seeking experiential learning.

A recent survey by the University's Wasserman Center for Career Development showed that 83 percent of graduating seniors in the College held a job or internship related to their field of interest during their undergraduate years. Many different types of opportunities are available to students; some are paid, some involve volunteerism on the part of a student, and some carry academic credit—and all of these can be valuable. For the purpose of securing and making the most of such opportunities, students should consider the following criteria as a guide. For further information, contact the Wasserman Center for Career Development (133 East 13th Street, 2nd Floor; 212-998-4730). Career counselors are available by appointment at the Wasserman Center; appointments may also be made through the Wasserman Center to meet with a career counselor in the College offices (100 Washington Square East, 9th Floor).

Paid Internships

These are the most common form of internship. Jobs related to a student's professional interests provide pay for the work that students are doing for the organization. Many companies and organi­zations provide part-time jobs that allow students to gain experience and to network in the field, while at the same time helping to alleviate the financial burden of being a college student. (Please note: Some for-profit companies ask students to volunteer, but allow it only if the student can earn academic credit. Many of these so-called internships do not relate directly to a student's academic work and might not be worthy of academic credit in a discipline. In these cases, the company should consider providing compensation for the work done by a student, thus making it a paid internship.)

Credit-Bearing Internships

A few departments offer academic intern­ships that directly advance a student's knowledge in the academic discipline and thus earn course credit. Such academic internships must be sponsored by an appropriate faculty member through an academic department and normally require close faculty supervision, sig­nificant academic research and writing in addition to the practical work experience, a reporting of findings, and a formal assessment of the student's work. All such internships require permission of the department or program, and registration for them must be within the regular dead­lines. Departments offering credit-bearing internships may restrict them to declared majors, since those students have the requisite background. Internship courses can be counted toward some majors but not toward others. Students should check relevant websites (and sections in this Bulletin) to learn more about the specific policies and procedures pertaining to credit-bearing internships in different CAS departments and programs.

Whether an internship is paid or unpaid has no bearing on whether or not it can be taken for CAS credit. However, the decision to sponsor and grant credit for an intern­ship, or not, rests solely with each academic department of the College.

Academic credit for internships must be based solely on the academic work produced in the internship. No credit should be awarded merely for attending the internship, whether paid or unpaid. The College recommends 2-point internships for academic work of approximately 10 pages of writing plus adequate reading. In rare cases student may earn 4 points; in these cases the academic work must be equivalent to that produced in a regular 4-point course.

State Law and Credit-Bearing Internships

Owing to recent changes in states' laws governing out-of-state entities and their right to award credit for certain educational experiences, including internships, within state boundaries (known as "state authorization," CAS can only award credit for internships that take place in:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.)
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Wyoming

The list above will be updated as NYU obtains authorization in other states.

Internships Abroad

Whether a CAS student is able to participate in a for-credit internship outside the United States depends on many variables, including the student's country of citizenship and local laws in the host country. Please seek advisement and preapproval from Office of Global Programs staff ( and the director of undergraduate studies in your department before undertak­ing a non-US internship.

Independent Study

In some CAS departments, independent study that draws on the activity or environment of the internship may be a possibility. Like a credit-bearing internship, independent study requires a proposal by the student, careful guidance from a faculty member, and a body of work that can be evaluated for course credit.