From exploring internship opportunities, to satisfying prerequisites, or even visiting prospective campuses during your travels, the more you know about your interests and the program options available to you, the better.
The rule of thumb is that by the start of your junior year, you should be speaking with an advisor about actionable steps to apply.
The timeline will depend on the application deadlines of your chosen programs. Keep in mind schools may have one deadline, multiple deadlines, or rolling admissions for single or multiple program start dates. Do research to make sure you do not miss any deadlines.
Depending on the nature of your program you may be required to submit a curriculum vitae (CV) as part of your application. There are two main types of CVs that you may have to submit:
The terms Personal Statements and Statements of Purpose are often used interchangeably, but the two serve very different purposes.
A summary of your personal character and skills that demonstrate your readiness for the program you are applying to. It frames your motivation for pursuing a particular field of study in personal terms, while mentioning previous relevant activities such as:
Statement of Purpose
A summary of your research and academic experiences that provide a clear trajectory of your career thus far, leading to your application to this particular program. It frames your motivation for pursuing a particular field of study/career in academic terms, while mentioning previous relevant activities such as:
A graduate school application may require three or more letters of recommendation (LoR) from your former professors and/or employers. These letters should focus on academic achievements, intellectual promise, leadership ability, and personal character.
Letters of recommendations are an important part of an application. Be sure to maintain good relationships with potential referees by staying in touch. This allows you to request a letter even years after officially interacting with the referee.
When you ask a referee for a LoR, remember to do the following:
When choosing a recommender make sure you are choosing those who know you best and have the capacity to write strong positive letter on your behalf.
Select graduate programs will require an interview as part of their admissions process. Please keep in mind that an interview is not indicative of acceptance and that some institutions may require your physical presence. To best prepare for the interview you should:
Depending on your field of study, you may be required to take a standardized test to apply for your chosen graduate program. If the language of instruction of the program is English, they may require an English language proficiency exam such as the TOEFL or IELTS. This requirement may be waived if your bachelor’s degree is from a US-accredited and/or English language institution (as NYU Abu Dhabi is).
Many of our NYUAD graduates continue their studies at top schools like Oxford, Cambridge, and MIT. Learn about these further studies. We also provide the below resources to support and prepare your further study endeavors.
Typically held in September or October, Graduate School Weekend is where we invite graduate program representatives from around the world to our campus to speak with you and answer your questions.