Applications Open for NYU Abu Dhabi’s First Two Master’s Programs

Master of Science in Economics and Master of Fine Arts in Art and Media programs are designed to support regional growth industries.

Press Release

  • August 2020 will see the Division of Social Science introduce a full-time, one-year Master of Science (MSc) in Economics
  • August 2020 will see the Division of Arts and Humanities introduce a full-time, two-year Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Art and Media
  • The new graduate program offerings will enable top faculty to help shape students’ career paths in Economics and Fine Arts
  • Program launch dates are contingent upon successful completion of CAA (Commission for Academic Accreditation) accreditation

NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) is launching two new, full-time master’s programs in Economics and Fine Arts respectively.  The University’s first master’s offerings, these new programs will enable students to support growing industries across the region. Applications for the fall 2020 semester are now open.

This will be the first accredited MSc in Economics offered in the UAE, which will offer students a blend of theoretical and quantitative analytical modules, enabling them to learn how to analyze complex data and solve economic problems, as well as apply economic theory and quantitative techniques to understand key economic issues like market failures, behavior, or effects of economic policy.

The MFA in Art and Media, a first in the region, aims to attract promising, creative talent looking to thrive in a studio-based learning environment.

 

As we celebrate our 10th academic year and look forward to the next decade of success, this is an important moment for NYU Abu Dhabi. These two new graduate programs — offering the University’s first master's degrees — inaugurate our next stage of growth and development.

NYU Abu Dhabi Vice Chancellor Mariët Westermann

“As we celebrate our 10th academic year and look forward to the next decade of success, this is an important moment for NYU Abu Dhabi," said NYU Abu Dhabi Vice Chancellor Mariët Westermann. "These two new graduate programs — offering the University’s first master's degrees — inaugurate our next stage of growth and development. Building on the strengths of NYU’s economics and arts programs in Abu Dhabi and New York, these courses of study are unparalleled for the region and infused with global perspectives. Students will learn in a rigorous academic environment nurtured by top faculty, on a world-class campus embedded in one of the world's fastest growing economic and cultural hubs.”

The full-time, one-year MSc in Economics offers a unique two-path degree for both policy makers and prospective PhD students. Students will learn to assess regional socio-economic challenges and opportunities in the current climate. By studying the core elements of economic theory, macroeconomics, and econometrics, students enrolled in the curriculum will pursue specializations both in theory and policy, offered in one of the most dynamic and fastest growing economies in the world. 

The program builds on the University’s strong undergraduate Economics major, which was recently ranked the fourth most-cited economics faculty in the Asian region, by Research Papers in Economics (RePEc).

 

This program will establish a generation of academic and professional economic researchers who would fundamentally understand the region and its needs.

NYUAD Dean of Social Science Hervé Crès

Dean of Social Science Hervé Crès said; “This program will establish a generation of academic and professional economic researchers who would fundamentally understand the region and its needs. As the trained graduates of the program take their place in the regional economy, and as the enhanced research agenda of the faculty working with talented students addresses challenges of a rapidly evolving United Arab Emirates, the proposed MSc in Economics will further the mission of NYUAD to support the growth of the knowledge-based economy.”

The full-time, two-year MFA will allow students to integrate art, media, and design through creative processes that combine theory with practice.

Students can choose to focus their work in-depth in a particular area or across multiple arts disciplines, including sculpture, photography, printmaking, fiber art, painting, drawing, digital art, design, digital media, and transmedia, all taught by internationally-renowned artists and scholars.

NYU Abu Dhabi’s rich arts and culture ecosystem, including The Arts Center and The Art Gallery, will offer students immediate, real-time opportunities to learn, volunteer, and take part in behind-the-scenes functions of multi-disciplinary cultural institutions. 

“The arts are a cornerstone of NYU Abu Dhabi and the University is very well placed to launch this MFA program," said NYUAD Professor of Philosophy and Interim Dean of Arts and Humanities Taneli Kukkonen.

 

With world-class arts faculty and state-of-the-art studio facilities, this new graduate program will provide students with the intellectual and creative tools required to achieve their individual potential and contribute to and shape our collective future.

NYUAD Professor of Philosophy and the Interim Dean of Arts and Humanities Taneli Kukkonen

"With world-class arts faculty and state-of-the-art studio facilities, this new graduate program will provide students with the intellectual and creative tools required to achieve their individual potential and contribute to and shape our collective future.”

Within both programs, there is a strong emphasis on critical thinking and intellectual curiosity — skills that are crucial to fostering creative solutions in today’s interconnected world.

MSc in Economics graduates will be able to enroll in a PhD or pursue opportunities within policy making institutions, research institutes, international organizations. The MFA will help produce local artists and arts professionals who will be well-positioned to contribute to the arts industries and take on leadership roles within the UAE’s burgeoning cultural sector.

NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU Shanghai, and NYU in New York form the backbone of NYU’s global network of degree-granting campuses and academic centers across six continents. The first of its kind, this global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective.

NYU ranks 29th globally in the Times Higher Education World University rankings for 2020, and 11th globally in the QS Graduate Employability rankings for 2019. All rankings are based on enrollment and programs throughout all campuses of New York University, including NYU Abu Dhabi.

*Program launch dates are contingent upon successful completion of CAA accreditation. For more information please contact nyuad.graduateadmissions@nyu.edu.


About NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi is the first comprehensive liberal arts and science campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university. NYU Abu Dhabi has integrated a highly-selective liberal arts, engineering and science curriculum with a world center for advanced research and scholarship enabling its students to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world and advance cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. NYU Abu Dhabi’s high-achieving students have come from 115 nations and speak over 115 languages. Together, NYU's campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai form the backbone of a unique global university, giving faculty and students opportunities to experience varied learning environments and immersion in other cultures at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on six continents.