New York University - School of Professional Studies

Why you should consider this program

NYU’s School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) offers a variety of graduate programs in some of today’s most exciting and versatile industries. Each of our graduate degree programs reflect emerging trends, opportunities, and innovative business strategies and are taught by faculty members who are experts in their field. Rigorous curricula are supplemented by internships, study abroad opportunities, an extensive array of seminars and professionally oriented events, and networking opportunities that provide the important connections to compete and succeed in challenging job markets.

By combining theory with real-world practice, NYUSPS master's degree programs empower you with the critical knowledge and the skills necessary to succeed in your career. NYU offers a 50% scholarship, yearlong cohort-based career development workshops and personalized career support, to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers accepted into the NYU Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship.

NYUSPS will select three Coverdell Fellows as full-time students per year. In addition to the 50% scholarship, NYUSPS Coverdell Fellows will receive a stipend of $750 per semester.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 91,899 $ 48,950 $ 42,949
Out of state $ 91,899 $ 48,950 $ 42,949
* 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

The NYUSPS Coverdell Fellows receive a 50% tuition scholarship and $750 stipend each Fall and Spring semester.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 37,723

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. NYUSPS is a school deeply tied to industry, which also means that it is deeply committed to students' career development. The NYUSPS Wasserman Center for Career Development partners with students on their first day of classes so that they are ultimately on the receiving end of opportunities, by helping students to create an individualized career action plan, building an effective personal brand and a powerful network, as well as helping them leverage all of the resources and opportunities that will be made available to them as an NYU student.

Recent SPS Coverdell Fellows work in a variety of fields. Some of these roles include:

  • Emergency Management Specialist, FEMA
  • Executive Director, The Peace Project Inc.
  • Associate Director, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • Executive and Development Assistant, PILnet
  • Instructor, CourseHorse

Other details

Program length

2 years

Application requirements

The Admissions Committee carefully weighs each component of your application during the review process. A holistic approach is used to evaluate your ability to benefit from and contribute to our dynamic learning environment and the rigorous curriculum. The following criteria will help you to better understand the admissions process and the materials required to complete your application.

● Statement of Purpose: Evaluated for evidence of an applicant’s motivation for admission and fit for the program as well as experience and skills, which would allow for academic and professional success.

● Two Letters of Recommendation: Evaluated for evidence of potential success during your course of study and after graduation.

● Academic Background: Evaluated by reviewing your transcripts from all prior colleges and universities attended. Performance in relevant coursework is evaluated in addition to overall academic performance.

● Interviews: While they are not required, the Admissions Committee may request an interview after reviewing your application. If an interview is requested, it will then be a requirement.

Admissions process

A complete application must be submitted by January 15th in order to be considered for the NYUSPS Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship Program. In addition to the application components, applicants for the Coverdell Fellowship are required to submit the Description of Service (DOS). If you have not yet completed your service, as an alternative to the DOS, a reference letter from your country director certifying your service may be submitted until the DOS is available for submission. If you are offered admission the DOS must be submitted prior to your enrollment.

Program begins

First week in September after Labor Day

Non-traditional options

Most NYUSPS classes meet once a week in the evening; with some offered during the day. We also offer 2, 3, and 7-week intensives, a variety of online courses, and weekend courses.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Linda Nicholas, Director of Student Financial Services

NYU School of Professional Studies
7 East 12th Street, Suite 921
New York, None 10003