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Requirements for Admission

In order to be considered for admission, all candidates need to submit:

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay the application fee by credit card or e-check
  • Academic Credentials (see instructions below).
  • Upload a personal statement (or statement of purpose as defined by some departments), a professional artistic résumé, and in some cases an academic writing sample.
  • If you are applying to the Cinema Studies M.A. program or to Moving Image Archiving and Preservation you are no longer required to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Only the Cinema Studies PhD program requires the GRE.
  • Ask two recommenders to submit letters of recommendation using the online letter of recommendation system. Three letters are required by the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing, the Performance Studies department, the Cinema Studies department, and the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program.
Academic credentials should be preferably uploaded as scanned documents directly onto the application for admission. (See the transcripts section for instructions).They may also be transmitted electronically through a secure third party service. Check with your school's records or credential issuing office and see if this service is available to you. You can also mail or instruct your school to mail one copy of your educational record to:

Office of Graduate Admissions

New York University

Tisch School of the Arts
726 Broadway, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003

Please note that you may upload transcripts or have them mailed in. You do not have to do both.

GRE scores will be sent electronically by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Candidates for whom scores are required should take the GRE well in advance of the December 15th application deadline. The GRE Code for the Tisch School is 2357. There is no department code. Sample questions can be viewed online at the GRE Website: