Graduate School Application Process

Never Too Early to Start the Process

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.

Things You Need

Standardized Tests

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).

Type of Test Details
Required for many master’s degree programs across the world.
Required for many MBA programs around the world.
Required for admission to US law schools.
Required for admission to US medical schools and many medical programs throughout the world

NYU Abu Dhabi Resources

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.

  • Graduate School Weekend

    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.