Global Liberal Studies (GLS) students have the opportunity to earn both the bachelor's degree and a master's degree in a number of departments in a shorter period of time and at less cost than is normally the case, adding another area of expertise or academic study to the GLS educational experience. These optional programs supplement the GLS bachelor’s degree and do not replace GLS requirements.
NYU's Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) offers undergraduates the opportunity to begin a master's degree while completing the bachelor's degree. This program is intended for students whose career goals will be furthered by graduate-level training but do not plan--at least not immediately--to go on for doctoral work in the field of their M.A. degree. Students are typically accepted into the master's program toward the end of the sophomore year or the beginning of the junior year and, in their remaining undergraduate semesters, can take M.A. courses. After earning the bachelor's degree, they can qualify for a one-year scholarship covering up to 50 percent of the tuition for the M.A. studies. Students typically complete the dual-degree program in five years.
Admission and Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must have completed a minimum of 48 credits toward the bachelor's degree but not more than 96 credits or six semesters. GSAS requires the submission of a formal graduate school application for admission, but the GRE requirement and the application fee will be waived. Students will be officially admitted to the Graduate School when they have completed their undergraduate requirements, which must be no later than their eighth semester.
To apply, students must complete:
- a version of the GSAS admissions application
- two letters of recommendation
- a statement of purpose.
After the student has successfully completed the B.A. requirements, the GSAS Graduate Enrollment Services office is notified to begin next steps.
Liberal Studies and NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service offer a dual-degree program to enable students to earn both a B.A. in Global Liberal Studies (GLS) and a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree in Wagner’s Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy Program (PNP) or Health Policy and Management Program (HPAM) in less time than it would take to complete the degrees separately. This program is designed for students with a strong commitment to public leadership who wish to enhance and focus their education while building a career in public service. Earning both degrees separately would typically require 188 credits. The combined B.A./M.P.A. program allows a GLS student to complete both degrees in as few as 160 credits by permitting GLS students to earn a maximum of 28 credits toward the M.P.A. as part of their GLS degree.
Admission and Eligibility Criteria
Students wishing to pursue the M.P.A. degree must complete a regular Wagner M.P.A. admissions application during their senior year in GLS. Applicants will be expected to meet the same admissions standards as other Wagner applicants, which include strong academic qualifications and the equivalent of at least one year of relevant professional experience (i.e. internships, volunteer work, part-time jobs). As such, after completing the B.A. degree in GLS and before matriculating at Wagner, students admitted to Wagner’s M.P.A. program are required to complete at least one additional year of full-time professional experience relevant to their anticipated field of graduate study. In short, GLS B.A./M.P.A. students may need to defer starting their M.P.A. by at least one year after graduating from GLS.
Questions about eligibility for, or application to, the B.A./M.A. program or the B.A./M.P.A. program should be directed to the Liberal Studies Advising Center. Students interested in these programs are also encouraged to discuss with their academic advisor and faculty mentor how the dual-degree program would fit into their curricular and professional plans.