New York University - Gallatin School of Individualized Study

Why you should consider this program

Gallatin students design an interdisciplinary concentration that draws on courses in the departments and programs in the various NYU schools and colleges. Many of our students have an interest in creating programs addressing issues of globalization; human rights; world cultures; gender studies; area studies; social entrepreneurship; international economic development; media and communication; public health and public administration; environmental studies; social change; community development; and the visual and performing arts. Students have access to the resources of NYU along with deep and committed faculty advising.

While Gallatin is a flexible program, certain required courses ensure that our students are well prepared to pursue a self-designed study. A master’s thesis is the final requirement and may be in the form of an extended research paper, an artistic work, or a professional project. NYU Gallatin offers a 50% tuition scholarship for the Coverdell recipient, yearlong cohort-based career development workshops, and personalized career support.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 89,000 $ 37,000 $ 52,000
Out of state $ 89,000 $ 37,000 $ 52,000
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

50% tuition waiver

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 35,000

Application fee waived?



All NYU Peace Corps Coverdell fellows must complete 160 hours interning or volunteering at a nonprofit or governmental agency that serves high-needs communities in the local area. Fellows are strongly encouraged to complete this requirement during their first year of graduate study.

Jobs for program alumni

NYU welcomed its inaugural class of Coverdell fellows in fall 2016 and is committed to supporting its growing cohort of students both on campus and in their careers. Given the diversity of the academic interests of our students, Gallatin graduates go on to varied careers. These include:

  • Director of Waging Nonviolence, a nonprofit news organization
  • Co-founder of Zenzele Circle, an angel investment network linking sub-Sahara African start-ups with seed and growth capital and strategic relationships
  • Co-Founder of Startup Box South Bronx (SB2), a co-working space that incubates promising technology startups and offers STEM programming to youth in the South Bronx
  • Creator of theater programs for social improvement in Haiti, Myanmar, and Afghanistan, including creating all-female theater groups in Afghanistan
  • Special adviser to the United Nations, Sao Tome and Principe Mission
  • Director of Echoing Green's Work on Purpose program
  • Lead structural engineer at YCF Group S.A, an architecture construction and consultation firm based in Port au Prince, Haiti
  • President and CEO of the SISGI group, a consulting and research organization dedicated to addressing global issues through sustainable impacts and strategic initiatives.

Other details

Program length

2 Years

Application requirements

College transcripts, two letters of recommendation, Statement of Purpose.

Admissions process

Check the Coverdell Fellows box on the application to request an application fee waiver.

Program begins

Early September

Non-traditional options

Gallatin offers an independent study option for up to 12 credits.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Jamie Berthe, Director of Enrollment

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