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NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development


About NYU Steinhardt

NYU Steinhardt's one-of-a-kind integration of education, health, the arts, and media studies puts us at the heart of a movement: education for social change.

Steinhardt students are passionate about helping others.

Our mission is to advance knowledge, creativity, and innovation at the crossroads of culture, education, and human development. We exemplify NYU’s commitment to be of public service.

Our academic programs are ranked among the country's best.

NYU Steinhardt's master's programs in applied psychology, education, health, media, music and performing arts professions, and the arts and arts professions attract recent college graduates, established professionals seeking licensure or certification, and career changers. Our curriculum gives our students the opportunity to study abroad and experience hands-on learning.

Advanced certificate programs allow you to pursue study in specialized areas of applied psychology, education, music and performing arts, and physical therapy.

We also offer PhD programs that prepare graduates for careers in academic research and teaching, as well as professional doctoral programs for advanced practice in education fields, the arts, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.

We're redefining holistic education.

Our students belong to a strong and supportive community of scholars – a warm, nurturing environment that encourages the exploration of new ideas. Our faculty lead in their professional fields and collaborate across academic disciplines: teachers working with psychologists and health professionals, musicians with speech pathologists, educators with visual artists. They work with students to research topics like the effects of immigration on learning, childhood nutrition, and obesity, and how digital media is transforming social relationships. Our research institutes impact scholarship and policies around the globe.

At Steinhardt, learning takes place in and out of the classroom.

For more than a century, we’ve been building partnerships in our community: with local schools, families, community agencies, arts organizations, cultural institutions, and healthcare facilities. A Steinhardt education consists of rigorous classroom study as well as interning at New York City’s top media companies, clinical placements at renowned hospitals, or student teaching in one of the world’s most diverse school systems. It means unrivaled opportunities for professional training and career advancement.

We prepare you to lead in a global society.

Like the city, we call home, our faculty, students, and staff represents an extensive range of backgrounds, viewpoints, and perspectives. And though our roots go deep in New York, our work at home is influencing – and influenced by – our connections abroad. Every day, Steinhardt graduates continue to change the world.

NYU's International Rankings

  • #7 – US News & World Report, Best Graduate Schools in Education
  • #27 – Times Higher Education World University Rankings
  • #29 – Academic Ranking of World Universities
  • #52 – QS World University Rankings

School Timeline

Founded in 1890 as the School of Pedagogy, NYU Steinhardt was the first professional school devoted to teacher education to be established at an American university. The School's early mission was to educate school administrators and prepare men and women for work in colleges of teacher education. By 1921, the School was educating teachers at all levels and across all fields, including the arts and health, offering undergraduate through doctoral degrees. As the education field expanded, the School broadened its focus to incorporate new knowledge and scientific developments, and new programs emerged.


We are committed to a holistic understanding of human development across the lifespan and address the full range of the human experience with more than 150 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees and more than 20 advanced certificates and artist diplomas. Across 11 departments and 13 research centers and institutes, our collaborative innovation and spirit provide students and faculty unique, interdisciplinary opportunities.

NYU Steinhardt welcomes applications from international students for admission to our graduate programs – in fact, nearly a quarter of our incoming graduate students are international! Be sure to keep in mind your special requirements as you prepare your application.

    Campus Features

    University life at NYU is supplemented with a variety of resources and services provided by the University. From major ingredients like financial aid, registration, information technology, and housing to the important daily details like lockers and copying services, this section provides you with invaluable resources that will make your life easier.

    University Life Resources


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    • Washington Square East Gallery
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      Our one-of-a-kind integration of education, communication, health, and the arts puts us at the heart of education for social change. Whether you’re researching for future graduate study, embarking on your doctorate, or anywhere in between, we have a program that will help you make an impact.

      Visa Requirements

      When completing your graduate application, please be sure to use your full, legal name as it appears on your passport. The use of any other names, such as nicknames, will cause serious delays in applying for your US visa. All international applicants must have an international address as their permanent address. The US government mandates that you include a permanent, international address to receive your visa.

      Once you are admitted, you will apply for an I-20 to receive an F1 student visa with your acceptance package. You need financial documentation when applying for a visa, but financial documents should not be submitted with your application for admission. Please be prepared to pay additional fees for processing your I-20 from NYU and your student visa from the US government.

      If you’re currently in the US at another school or recently completed your program at another US school and need to transfer your immigration record to NYU, please review the Office of Global Services' instructions to transfer to NYU.

      Heightened security measures may result in delays in processing your I-20 and your student visa requests. Please apply for these credentials as soon as possible as it may take up to 8 weeks to process your documents. Use overnight and express mail wherever possible.

      Scholarships and Funding


      International Rankings

      • #26 Times Higher Education World University Rankings (out of 1500+ universities worldwide)
      • #30 Academic Ranking of World Universities (out of 1000 universities worldwide)
      • #39 World University Rankings (out of 1000 universities worldwide)

      US News & World Report

      • #10 Best Education Graduate School
      • #8 Best Occupational Therapy Graduate Schools
      • Top 20 Best Graduate Education Schools for Higher Education Administration, Education Policy, and Education Administration and Supervision

      Other Rankings

      • #7 Top 10 Schools for Aspiring Musicians, College Magazine
      • Top 20 Music Business Schools, Billboard
      • #15 Top 25 Music Schools for Composing for Film and TV, The Hollywood Reporter

      Student Testimonials


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