Structure and Schedule

Global PhD Students complete all degree requirements set by their NYU home departments. The following is a typical sequence, but each student's course of study will be determined in consultation with his or her faculty advisor and the department's Director of Graduate Studies.

Term Sequence, Locations, and Degree Phases

Coursework in New York
Students complete their coursework requirements at their home departments in New York. This may take 1-2 years, depending on transfer credits, course load, and other factors. Students may have the option to conduct a lab rotation in Abu Dhabi during this phase.

J-Term and Summer Research in Abu Dhabi
Participating students spend the January and summer terms Abu Dhabi, undertaking directed research or independent studies with their NYUAD faculty advisors.

Full-time Research in Abu Dhabi
Once all coursework and qualifying exams are completed, students pursue dissertation research under their advisors’ supervision in NYUAD’s brand new, custom-built facilities.

Dissertation Defense in New York or Abu Dhabi
Defense location will depend upon committee makeup and any departmental requirements.