PHD Application Checklist

The admissions process is designed to review the overall potential of applicants to succeed in their studies and their research careers.

All doctoral students without alternate funding sources are eligible to receive a four-year research assistantship, which carries a stipend and 100% tuition remission. The research assistants work up to 20 hours a week with faculty members on research projects during the academic year. Various fellowships, summer research positions (especially at NYU Wagner's research centers), and paid teaching opportunities may also be available to doctoral students. These opportunities should be discussed with the program faculty and staff coordinators at time of admission. No additional application materials are required for consideration at this time.

Please view our most recent webinar for additional information. 

There will be two informational PhD webinars for the Fall 2019 admissions cycle, which will be offered on the following days/times:

Thursday, October 18, 5-6PM

Tuesday, October 23, 12-1PM

Deadline: December 1, 2018

Fill out your online application

The online application is due at 11:59pm Eastern Time on the deadline date. You may complete and submit your online application at any time before the deadline. Save your work before moving to the next page and print a copy for your own records. Please note that all required fields are marked with an asterisk (*).

Incomplete Applications

If your submitted application is not complete (for example, illegible scanned transcript, missing essays or other items) you will be informed via email. Applicants are required to submit all parts of the application by the deadline. Incomplete applications are reviewed as-is at the discretion of the Doctoral Board.

Submit a three to four page essay (800-1200 words) describing your career goals, including research and/or teaching objectives, the questions or topics you wish to explore in a doctoral program, your interest in NYU Wagner, and how your education and work experience qualify you for admission.

Applicants are required to submit a writing sample (published or unpublished) of any length that will allow the Doctoral Board to understand your potential as a researcher.

Please upload an Academic CV that includes your employment and educational record, indicating dates of attendance and degree(s) earned.  We encourage you to include information about the following additional activities:

  • Academic and professional honors
  • Relevant publications
  • Other professional activities

Please submit three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak best to your academic potential. Letters of recommendation must be submitted through the online application system. We do not accept mailed recommendations. Recommenders are required to complete the online evaluation form. Their response to the recommendation questions may be in either letter or short answer format and should not exceed two pages each.

Students entering NYU Wagner's PhD program are required to hold a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or an equivalent degree from a foreign country.

If you submit your application prior to the conferral of your bachelor's degree or equivalent, we will accept and evaluate your application with the understanding that your degree completion is in progress. If an offer of admission is made, it will be contingent upon receiving your degree conferral prior to enrollment.

Transcripts submitted through the online application must meet the following criteria:

- Unofficial transcripts are required from all colleges or universities attended in which you earned grades and/or academic credits at the college-level, including undergraduate, study abroad, transfer credits, continuing education, etc.

- Uploaded files must be scanned copies of official transcript(s) or electronic transcripts (such as those available through eSCRIP-SAFE, Parchment, and National Student Clearinghouse)

- Transcripts must show all courses taken, all credits earned, and all grades received

- Transcripts must include your full legal name and the name of the college or university attended

- Transcripts must be written in English

- Word documents and HTML documents are not acceptable as unofficial transcripts


Transcripts for Institutions Located Outside of the United States

If you received a graduate or undergraduate degree from an institution that is located outside of the United States, you are strongly encouraged, but not required, to submit a third party International Credential Evaluation service to assess U.S. bachelor’s equivalency and obtain a course-by-course evaluation of your grade point average. 

If submitting an international credential evaluation, remember to upload both your official transcript from the degree-bearing institution and a copy of your international credential evaluation report from an approved evaluation service. If you are submitting a paper copy of your evaluation report, please have the service send your evaluation to the following address: NYU Wagner Office of Admissions, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY, 10012.

Applicants who submit an international credential evaluation of their transcripts are eligible to request an application fee waiver from NYU Wagner prior to submitting their application.


GRE or GMAT scores are required for admission to the PhD program at NYU Wagner.  You must upload a copy of your score report into the online application before submission.  Once your online application is submitted, we will not allow replacement of your test scores. Only tests taken within the past five (5) years will be considered.
GRE School Code: 2507  


The TOEFL or the IELTS are required for international PhD applicants if you did not attend an undergraduate or graduate institution where the sole language of instruction is English.  If you completed a graduate degree that was taught in English, it is recommended you submit one of these tests, but it is not required.

You must upload a copy of your TOEFL or IELTS score report into the online application before submission.  Once your online application is submitted, we will not allow replacement of your test scores. Only tests taken within the past two (2) years will be considered. Failure to complete this requirement may result in withdrawal of an application. 
TOEFL School Code: 2507

An $85 application fee is required to process your application for admission.

Pay by credit card

When you arrive at the Application Status page after you submit your application, you will see the option to submit a credit card payment. Follow the instructions to complete your payment.

Pay by check or money order 

Mail a check or money order in the amount of $85—payable to "New York University"—to NYU Wagner Admissions, 295 Lafayette Street 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10012.

Fee waiver eligibility

Please review the items below and indicate if any of the following apply to you.

Fee waivers are granted for the following:

  1. Submitted International Credential Evaluation
  2. Financial Circumstances
  3. AmeriCorps Members
  4. City Year Members
  5. Peace Corps Volunteer
  6. Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow
  7. Teach For America (TFA) Participant
  8. Rangel Graduate Fellow
  9. U.S. Military/National Guard Active or Former Member
  10. Applicants to the African Women's Public Service Fellowship

PhD applicants are encouraged to submit any documentation that will allow the Doctoral Board to understand better their record of accomplishment.

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