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Transitioning to GSAS
After Matriculating into GSAS
If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact a Bachelor's-Master's advisor.
I’m an NYU undergraduate, but my home school is not CAS or GLS. Am I eligible for the accelerated Bachelor's-Master's track?
Only students in CAS and GLS are eligible to apply to the accelerated Bachelor's-Master's. Students in other schools should contact their home-school advisors to inquire about alternative Bachelor's-Master's opportunities that may be available to them.
My home school is not CAS or GLS, but I am doing a second major in CAS. Can I apply?
Only Bachelor's degree students matriculated in CAS or GLS may apply.
I’m a student in the Liberal Studies Core Program but will transition to CAS next year. Can I apply to the accelerated Bachelor's-Master's track prior to my transition?
Students in the Core Program should wait until they have transitioned to the College before applying. Prior to transitioning they may consult with a CAS Bachelor's-Master's advisor via the advising resources listed here.
I’m a senior but just heard about the accelerated Bachelor's-Master's. Is it still possible to apply?
Students may not apply for the accelerated Bachelor's-Master's track during their final two terms in CAS or GLS. To be eligible, students must have a minimum of two terms remaining in CAS or GLS, during which they will still be working towards completion of undergraduate requirements (e.g., Core, major, minor, and/or minimum credit requirements). That said, CAS seniors can still apply to the Graduate School and take advantage of the CAS/GSAS tuition discount program
I’m interested in applying but my GPA is below 3.0. Can the 3.0 GPA requirement be waived?
Students whose GPA is in the 2.985-3.0 range should speak to a Bachelor's-Master's advisor about application eligibility. Even if a student is conditionally admitted with a cumulative GPA just below 3.0, under the terms of the accelerated Bachelor's-Master's track the student may not transition into GSAS with a GPA below 3.0.
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What do I need to submit with my application?
Please see the Submitting a Bachelor's-Master's Application section of the GSAS Bachelor's-Master's page for this information.
When are applications due?
Please see the GSAS Bachelor's-Master's page for this information.
I missed the priority application deadline. Can I still apply?
Students who miss the application deadline should email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm whether or not it is still possible to apply to their Bachelor's-Master's track of interest.
Where should I submit my application?
Your offical Bachelor's-Master's application will be submitted online, through the standard GSAS application portal. Please see the Submitting a Bachelor's-Master's Application section of the GSAS Bachelor's-Master's page for information about the online GSAS application.
Please keep in mind, you will need to be cleared by a Bachelor's-Master's advisor before you start this online application.
Who should I ask to write a letter of recommendation on my behalf?
Ideally, both letters of recommendation would come from full-time faculty in the department to which you are applying. That said students may have difficulty identifying two professors who know them well enough to write a letter on their behalf. In these cases, students can get a second letter from a TA in the department, an instructor outside of the graduate department, or an instructor at an NYU abroad site. Students might also ask a TA to draft a letter and ask the associated professor to co-sign it. Letters from internship supervisors, academic advisors, or other individuals who have not had you in class are strongly discouraged.
What should I include in my statement of purpose?
A statement of purpose for graduate school is different than the statement you wrote for your undergraduate application. Rather than presenting a quirky or inspiring narrative from your past, it should focus on reasons for pursuing a Master's and your preparation for graduate study. An effective statement of purpose should convey your reasons for wanting to pursue graduate study, why the GSAS Master's program you selected is a good fit for you, any relevant coursework and experience that has prepared you for graduate study, the specific issues/ideas you want to study in the graduate program, and how a Master's at NYU fits into your overall academic and career goals.
How long should my statement of purpose be?
Your statement of purpose should be one to two pages, single-spaced in a standard font with standard margins.
I’m currently studying abroad. Can I apply remotely?
Yes. Application materials are submitted online, and you can arrange a clearance appointment with a Bachelor's-Master's advisor via Skype/Google Hangouts.
How long before I know whether or not I’ve been admitted?
All applications received in a given semester are forwarded on to the Graduate Directors in the individual departments, roughly a week after the application deadline. From there, response times vary by department, but generally students should know of their application status within a month of the application deadline. Students who have not received an admissions decision by this time should contact a Bachelor's-Master's advisor (email@example.com). Students who apply to the accelerated Bachelor's-Master's track early in the semester before the priority deadline will not be notified until after the deadline.
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I’ve been admitted to the track, but I still can’t register for graduate classes. What do I do?
While you are still an undergraduate, you will not be able to enroll yourself in graduate classes - you will need to be enrolled in this class by someone affliated with the graduate program. The acceptance email that you received from firstname.lastname@example.org will give you the contact information for someone in your graduate program who can assist you with enrollment in graduate courses. Please contact this person.
How do I know what courses to register for?
Your acceptance email should contain contact information for someone in your graduate program who can assist your with graduate course planning and enrollment. Start by contacting the person indicated in this email.
For any questions relating to your undergraduate requirements, please continue to work with your undergraduate major and CAS advisors.
I’m in a Master's course that my undergraduate advisor told me could count towards my major. Can I use this course towards both degree requirements?
No. Under no circumstances can a graduate course satisfy requirements for both degrees. There is no double counting. Students must decide to which degree they wish to apply a GSAS course.
My graduate courses are still being listed under my undergraduate degree requirements. How can I fix this?
In your last semester you will be asked to specify which graduate courses should be set aside from your undergraduate record for transfer to the Master's degree. Until that time, the graduate courses will continue to count towards your undergraduate degree requirements. When assessing your degree progress, it is important to keep this in mind so that you can be sure to complete all of your Bachelor's requirements and at least a quarter of the graduate credits required for the Master's degree.
My cumulative GPA dipped below a 3.0. Can I stay in the accelerated Bachelor's-Master's track?
If, prior to graduation, your GPA dips below a 3.0 you must pull it back up to this level in order to matriculate into GSAS under the terms of the accelerated Bachelor's-Master's track.
Do the grades earned in graduate coursework taken as a CAS student count towards the 3.0 GPA requirement?
No. Graduate courses will not count towards the undergraduate GPA once they are withheld from your undergraduate record. Students wishing to transition to GSAS should make sure that their undergraduate cumulative GPA is above a 3.0 once graduate courses are set aside. Grades from transferred GSAS coursework will appear on the Master's transcript and impact the Master's GPA.
I'm on track to finish the requirements for both the Bachelor's and the Master's in the same year. Can I graduate from both schools in the same year?
No. The Registrar will not confer two degrees within a single year. Students are encouraged to finish their undergraduate degree in a way that would allow them to spend a full academic year in GSAS. If a student completes a significant amount of Master's coursework while an undergraduate and does not need a full year to complete his or her remaining requirements, the student can "maintain matriculation" in GSAS without taking courses, as needed, until the Master's degree is conferred a year after Bachelor's degree conferral.
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Transitioning to GSAS
When do I need to notify CAS that I intend to continue with the Master's portion of the accelerated Bachelor's-Master's track?
A Bachelor's-Master's advisor will reach out to students in the program in September and January to inquire about their plans. If they still intend to enter GSAS and complete the Master's, they will complete a Request for Matriculation form in their final undergraduate semester that specifies which graduate courses they would like to withhold from the Bachelor's degree for transfer to the Master's degree.
I intend to graduate this semester but have not completed the necessary graduate coursework (i.e. a quarter of the Master's degree credits). Can I still matriculate into the Graduate School next semester?
Students must complete at least a quarter of the graduate credits required for the Master's degree in order to enter GSAS under the terms of the accelerated Bachelor's-Master's track. If possible, students can take graduate courses over the summer to fulfill this requirement, but would need to take these courses as an undergraduate student, thereby delaying their graduation from CAS.
Now that my graduate courses aren’t counting towards my undergraduate degree, I’m short of the necessary requirements for the Bachelor's. What do I do?
Students in the accelerated Bachelor's-Master's track must complete all of the requirements for the Bachelor's degree, so you will need to work with your major and school advisors to come up with a plan to complete your undergraduate degree requirements.
I’m a senior who is graduating this semester. How do I register for graduate classes next semester?
In order to register for graduate classes as a Master's student you must first be formally admitted to GSAS. Once you receive and accept an offer of admission from GSAS, the matriculation process will begin. You will be able to register for the upcoming term once you have a "GSAS student" option in your Albert Student Center. It is important that you not register for graduate courses as an undergraduate student in your last semester--doing so will affect your graduation from CAS/GLS. Please note that you may not be matriculated into GSAS prior to registration week for the upcoming term. This generally will not impact your ability to register for your desired graduate courses.
Can I take a gap year/semester between the end of my undergraduate degree and my matriculation into GSAS?
Generally, no, you cannot take a gap semester/year. As a Bachelor's-Master's student, you are expected to matriculate into GSAS directly following the final undergraduate semester (so, Spring for Fall/J-term semester graduates, and Summer/Fall for Spring semester graduates).
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After Matriculating into GSAS
When will the 50% tuition and registration fee scholarship appear on my Financial Aid statement / Bursar's account?
Bachelor's-Master's awards are posted after a student has registered for courses. The Graduate School awards are typically on student accounts by the end of July (for fall) and end of January (for spring). If a student is registered and does not see their award on their Bursar account by the end of July/January, the student should send an email, with their name, N#, Bachelor's-Master's status, to Jennifer Darlington (email@example.com / 212-998-8053), Senior Assistant Director in the GSAS Office of Graduate Enrollment Services.
During my undergraduate period, I took some Master's courses over the summer or in excess of 18 credits in fall/spring. How do I receive 50% reimbursement for those credits?
Please contact Jennifer Darlington (firstname.lastname@example.org / 212-998-8053), Senior Assistant Director in the GSAS Office of Graduate Enrollment Services, to arrange for the disbursement of this funding during your GSAS year. This reimbursement funding is in addition to the 50% off new Master's course tuition and registration fees that you will receive for up to 12 months from the point of your GSAS matriculation.
What is the procedure for transferring graduate credits earned while an undergraduate onto the GSAS transcript?
During your first term in GSAS, you should complete a Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF) and give it to your graduate program's departmental administrator for processing. On that form, please note that you are a Bachelor's-Master's student. The transfer of credit does not happen automatically; the above form must be submitted in order for previously earned graduate credits to apply towards your Master's degree.
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