Graduate Admissions-Non-Matriculant Students

Individuals interested in taking graduate-level courses to help explore a specific degree program or to gain specific knowledge before committing to a full program of study can apply for non-matriculant status (also known as special student status), by completing the Graduate Special Student Application. Non-matriculant students are limited to 12 credits, subject to advisement. Within the M.S. in Tourism Management program, non-matriculant students are limited to nine credits.

Admissions Criteria for Non-Matriculant Students

A non-matriculant application is complete and ready for review when the NYU School of Professional Studies Office of Admissions receives all of the following items:

Application Form

Fill out your online application and upload supporting materials.

Personal Statement

Evaluated for evidence of an applicant’s motivation for admission and fit for the program. Key indicators include:

  • Demonstrable progress in your academic and/or professional career
  • Clearly articulated goals and objectives that align with the mission of the program


Evaluated for experience and skills, which would allow for academic and professional success. We consider the following when assessing your field-related experience:

  • Professional experience—either full-time or part-time job in the industry or relevant internship(s)
  • Career changers also are evaluated for the transferrable skills they have developed in their current profession
  • Public service engagements
  • Professional associations/affiliations

Application Fee

A $40 non-refundable application fee. The fee can be paid by either check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars and made payable to New York University.

Academic Background

Evaluated by reviewing your transcripts from all prior colleges and universities attended. Performance in relevant course work is evaluated as well as achievement levels in your academic career.

Note: Successful candidates normally meet the recommended 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA.

Test of English as a Foreign Language Scores (International Applicants Only)

TOEFL scores are required for applicants who did not complete an undergraduate degree in the United States or in a country where the only primary language is English.

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I've Applied! What's Next?

If you submit your application electronically, the Office of Admissions will send you an email acknowledgment. Typically, an admission decision is rendered within two to four weeks of the submission your complete application beginning in:

  • March for the fall semester
  • September for the spring semester
  • February for the summer semester

Prior to the start of the semester, you will meet with an academic advisor to discuss your course selections. You must meet all prerequisites for selected courses.