Accelerated Bachelor's-Master's Programs (CAS-GSAS)


OVERVIEW
The College of Arts and Science (CAS) and Global Liberal Studies (GLS) program, in collaboration with the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS), offer students in many majors 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 toward the end of the sophomore year or or during the junior year. Students may not apply to this program in their final two undergraduate semesters.

CURRICULUM
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 expected to complete at least a quarter of the graduate credits required for the Master's degree before earning the Bachelor's. If a significant thesis or a capstone project is required for the Master's, students can accelerate more rapidly by earning additional graduate credits before they complete the Bachelor's degree.

SCHOLARSHIP & FINANCIAL AID
Students admitted into the Bachelor's-Master's program are eligible for a tuition scholarship covering 50% of the credits required for the Master's portion of the program. The scholarship is provided upon completion of the Bachelor's degree. It is calculated on the basis of (a) the remaining credits needed for the Master's degree and (b) additional payments the student may have made in order to accelerate study while matriculated for the Bachelor's degree (i.e., tuition for more than 18 points during a fall/spring semester due to graduate course enrollment, or for summer graduate courses). The tuition scholarship will remain available for twelve months from the start of the student's first term in GSAS.

Beyond the 50% tuition scholarship, students may be eligible for additional forms of financial aid once they matriculate into GSAS. Click here for more information about financing graduate education in GSAS. U.S. citizens or permanent residents seeking additional aid should submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the upcoming year in GSAS.

ADMISSIONS
Students in CAS and GLS may apply to the program once they have completed a minimum of three semesters toward the Bachelor's degree (and, for transfer students, at least one semester in CAS or GLS). Students must apply prior to their final two undergraduate semesters. To be eligible, students must have a minimum of two full semesters remaining in CAS or GLS during which they are still working towards completion of undergraduate requirements (e.g., core, major, minor, and/or minimum credit requirements). Participating departments set minimum GPA requirements for admission to and continuation in the program; neither may be below 3.5.

APPLICATION DEADLINES:       October 10, 2013, for Fall 2013 admission          March 10, 2014, for Spring 2014 admission

To apply, please submit:

1. The online application form

2. A one-page statement of purpose that describes:
    >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
    >how a Master's at NYU fits into your overall academic and career goals

Please send your personal statement as a PDF attachment to cas-gsas-group@nyu.edu by the application deadline. Please title your email and the attached PDF file as follows: [Lastname,Firstname]_Statement (e.g., Doe,John_Statement). It is not necessary to write a message in the body of the email.

3. Two (2) letters of recommendation. Ideally, both letters of recommendation would come from full-time faculty in the department to which you are applying. That said, students often 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. Letters from internship supervisors, academic advisors, or other individuals who have not had you in class are strongly discouraged.

Recommenders should send their letters to cas-gsas-group@nyu.edu by the application deadline. The letter should be attached to the email, and the email's subject line should indicate whom the recommendation is for.


4. If applicable, a writing sample required by the MA program. Some programs (see list below) require such a sample. This should be sent as an additional PDF attachment to your statement of purpose email.

ADVISEMENT
Interested students should review the information on this website and consult the relevant department's website for more information on a specific MA program. Students who wish to meet in person to discuss eligibility or specific aspects of the program should visit Scott Statland, Associate Director for Juniors and Inter-School Programs, during walk-in hours at the Academic Resource Center (18 Washington Place; Tuesdays, 12:00pm - 1:00pm; Fridays, 11:15am-12:15pm). Students may call the Preprofessional Advising Center (212-998-8160) to schedule an appointment with Scott at an alternative time. Students are asked to check in at the ARC front desk when they arrive for an appointment or an office hours visit.

PARTICIPATING PROGRAMS
Students may apply to the Bachelor's-Master's program in the departments and programs listed below. Students should contact Scott Statland (scott.statland@nyu.edu), Associate Director for Juniors and Inter-School Programs, if a Master's program of interest is not listed below.

Africana Studies
Ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian Studies
Bioethics
->Application to the Bioethics program requires a 10-page writing sample. Contact the Center for Bioethics for details.
Biology
Chemistry
Classics
Comparative Literature
Computer Science
->Application to the Computer Science program requires a minimum 3.7 GPA in the Computer Science major (in addition to a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA).
Economics
->Application prerequisites: completion of Intermediate Microeconomics and Intermediate Macroeconomics with letter grades. Students are strongly encouraged to also complete as many of the following courses as possible prior to application: two undergraduate calculus courses (or one calculus & one linear algebra course), one statistics course, one econometrics course, and elective coursework in Economics.
English
->Application to the English program requires a relevant 10-page writing sample and a minimum 3.7 GPA in English coursework (in addition to a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA)
European and Mediterranean Studies
French
French Studies
German
Hebrew and Judaic Studies
History (World History, History of Women & Gender, Archives & Public History)
->Application to the World History program requires a relevant writing sample.
Humanities and Social Thought (Draper Interdisciplinary Master's Program)
General Psychology (General track, Forensic specialization, or Social & Consumer specialization)
->Application prerequisites: completion of PSYCH-UA 1 Introduction to Psychology and PSYCH-UA 10 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (or equivalent) with letter grades.
Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology
->Application to the I/O program requires a supplemental case study; see departmental website. Applicants must have already completed, with letter grades, PSYCH-UA 1 Introduction to Psychology and PSYCH-UA 10 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (or equivalent).
International Relations
->Applicants must have a declared Politics major or minor.
Irish and Irish American Studies
Italian Studies
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Literary Translation: French-English
Mathematics
Museum Studies
->Applications for the Bachelor's-Master's track in Museum Studies are only accepted in the spring semester of a student's junior year. Applicants must have completed or be engaged in a museum-based internship, and must arrange to meet with Professor Bruce Altshuler, Director of the Museum Studies Program, prior to submitting their application.
Physics
Politics
->Applicants must have a declared Politics major or minor.
Religious Studies
Russian and Slavic Studies
Social and Cultural Analysis
Sociology

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


ELIGIBILITY

I’m an NYU undergraduate, but my home school is not CAS or GLS. Am I eligible for the program?
No. Only students in CAS and GLS are eligible to apply to this program. Students in other schools should contact their home-school advisors to inquire about alternative Bachelor's-Master's opportunities that may be available.

My home school is not CAS or GLS, but I am doing a second major in CAS. Can I apply?
No. Only students matriculated in and earning a degree from CAS or GLS may apply to this program.

I’m a student in the Core Program (formerly Liberal Studies) but will transition to CAS next year.  Can I apply to the Bachelor's-Master's program prior to my transition?
No. Students in the Core Program should wait until they have transitioned to the College before applying. Prior to transitioning they may consult with the CAS Bachelor's-Master's advisor (Scott Statland, Associate Director for Juniors and Inter-School Programs). Scott's office hours are listed above.


I’m a senior but just heard about this program. Is it still possible to apply?

No. Students may not apply for the Bachelor's-Master's program during their final two semesters in CAS/GLS. To be eligible, students must have a minimum of two full semesters remaining in CAS/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 to the program but my GPA is below 3.5. Can the 3.5 GPA requirement be waived?
Generally, no. Students whose GPA is just below a 3.5 should speak to the Bachelor's-Master's advisor (Scott Statland, 212-998-8160, scott.statland@nyu.edu) regarding eligibility. A student may not be admitted to the Graduate School under the terms the Bachelor's-Master's program with a GPA below 3.5.


APPLICATION PROCESS

What do I need to submit with my application?
In addition to the application, you will need to submit a statement of purpose and two letters of recommendation. We will obtain your NYU transcript, so you do not need to submit this. Some departments (Bioethics, English, World History, I/O Psychology) also require a writing sample. Please check the departmental admission requirements and prerequisites in the program list above.

When are applications due?
Complete applications, including all supporting materials, are accepted each year in early October (fall semester) and early March (spring semester). Check this website for specific dates each year.

I missed the application deadline.  Can I still apply?
Students who miss the application deadline should contact the Bachelor's-Master's advisor (Scott Statland, 212-998-8160, scott.statland@nyu.edu) to see if it is still possible to apply after the deadline. Decisions as to whether to allow students to apply late are made on a case-by-case basis.


Where should I submit my application?

Applications should be submitted electronically. See the "Admissions" section above for specific instructions.


The application form asks for department and field of study codes. What are those and where can I find them?
Department and Field of Study codes are available on the GSAS Application Resource Center website. In order for CAS to process your application, you must include both codes.

The application form asks for the term I plan to enter GSAS. What does this mean?
Please list the term (fall/spring/summer) and year that you plan to enter GSAS as a full-time MA student. This is NOT the term that you plan to begin taking graduate courses as an undergraduate student. Note that students admitted to the Bachelor's-Master's program are expected to matriculate into the Graduate School in the fall/spring semester immediately following graduation. Summer matriculation into GSAS is also an option for some programs.


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 often 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. 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 personal statement you wrote for your undergraduate application. While heartwarming stories about your volunteer work in Mexico or your triumphal performance in your high school’s production of Annie may tell a graduate director something about you personally, it says little about your reasons for pursuing a Master's and whether you are prepared to pursue graduate education. 

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 page, single-spaced in a standard font with standard margins.


I’m currently studying abroad. Can I apply to the program remotely?
Yes. Application materials are submitted electronically. Refer to the "Admissions" section above for instructions.

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 the department in question, 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 the Bachelor's-Master's advisor (Scott Statland, 212-998-8160, scott.statland@nyu.edu).

NOTE: Since we only send applications to the department once a semester, students who apply to the program early in the semester will need to wait until after the application deadline for an admissions decision.

 

AFTER BEING ADMITTED TO THE PROGRAM

I’ve been admitted to the program, but I still can’t register for graduate classes. What do I do?
Bachelor's-Master's students won’t be able to register for graduate courses on Albert until they are formally admitted to the Graduate School, following graduation from CAS/GLS. Until then, they will need to work with their graduate department (typically the Director of Graduate Studies and/or the Graduate Program Administrator) to register for appropriate graduate courses.


How do I know what courses to register for?
Some graduate departments have a Bachelor's-Master's program page on their website. Newly admitted students should check their for course recommendations. They may also contact the Director of Graduate Studies (or Director of their Master's Program) for advice on the graduate course selection and sequencing. They should continue to work with their undergraduate major and CAS advisors on matters regarding their Bachelor's program.

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 the course.


My graduate courses are still being listed under my undergraduate degree requirements. How can I fix this?
In your last semester (earlier if you wish) 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 BA requirements and at least a quarter of the graduate credits required for the Master's degree.


My cumulative GPA dipped below a 3.5. Can I stay in the program?
Students must have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA in order to be formally admitted to GSAS under the terms of the Bachelor's-Master's program. If, prior to graduation, your GPA dips below a 3.5 you must pull it back up to this level in order to matriculate into GSAS under the terms of the Bachelor's-Master's program.


What is the minimum grade I need to earn in my graduate courses for them to count towards the MA?
Students must earn at least a B in any MA coursework that they intend to apply towards the MA degree.


Do the grades earned in graduate coursework taken as a CAS student count towards the 3.5 GPA requirement?
No. Graduate courses will not count towards the undergraduate GPA. Students wishing to transition to GSAS should make sure that their undergraduate cumulative GPA is above a 3.5 once graduate courses are set aside. Grades from transferred GSAS coursework will impact the Master's GPA.


I'm on track to finish the requirements for both the BA and the MA in the same year. Can I graduate from both schools in the same year?

No. The Registrar cannot confer two degrees in the same calendar year. Students are encouraged to finish their undergraduate degree in a way that would allow them to spend a full academic year in GSAS. While students who complete a significant amount of Master's courses while an undergraduate may not need a full year to complete their remaining requirements, they must be a matriculated student in GSAS for a year before receiving the MA degree.

 

TRANSITIONING TO GSAS

When do I need to notify CAS that I intend to continue with the Master's portion of the Bachelor's/Master's program?
The Bachelor's-Master's advisor (Scott Statland, 212-998-8160, scott.statland@nyu.edu) 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 Masters 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 Bachelor's-Master's program. 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 BA. What do I do?
Students in the Bachelor's-Master's program 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 a formal 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 very often you will not be matriculated into GSAS prior to registration week for the upcoming term. This generally will not impact your ability to register for graduate courses.

 

AFTER MATRICULATING TO GSAS

When will the 50% 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 August (for fall). If a student is registered and does not see their award on their Bursar account by the end of August, they may send an email, with their name, N#, Master's program, and GSAS matriculation term, to Graduate Enrollment Services at gsas.admissions@nyu.edu. Students should state that they are in the Bachelor's-Master's program between CAS/GLS and GSAS.

What is the procedure for transferring graduate credits earned in CAS onto the GSAS transcript?
During your first term in GSAS, you should complete a Transfer Credit Request Form and give it to your graduate program's departmental administrator for processing. Note that the transfer of credit does not happen automatically; the above form must be submitted in order for previously earned graduate credits to apply towards the Master's program.


Updated on 04/07/2014