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Timing of Admissions Decisions

The application deadline is around May 15, but most admission decisions will be made earlier, some as early as December. Decisions are made on a rolling basis.

Many applicants will receive an early accept, reject, or waitlist decision.

If you have not received a decision from us yet, it is usually because no decision has been made. Decisions are communicated to you a few days after they are made. Decisions are made on a rolling basis until a few weeks after the application deadline.

If it takes a long time for you to receive a final decision, then the reason usually is that we do not (yet) have a sufficiently large pool of applications to compare with. It is not the case that we take an inordinately long time to read your application and think about it.

Contacting the MAFN Office

We get over a thousand applications, and the number of people who consider applying is even higher. For this reason, the MAFN Office does not generally answer inquiries about specific applications or give advice or direction to applicants before they are admitted.

Inquiries about whether your application is complete should be directed to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). Complete applications will be reviewed and decisions will be communicated in due course.

Application materials or updates need to be submitted through the GSAS admissions online portal. Application materials and updates sent to the faculty will not be viewed or considered.

Applicants should contact GSAS Admissions with any questions or requests for assistance regarding the online application process and/or submission of materials.

Interviews

Since we cannot interview everybody, we generally do not interview anybody, because that would bias us unfairly towards those few that we interview. The director meets with applicants only by appointment and only if they have been offered admission to the program or are employed in the greater New York area and plan to be part time students.

Requesting an Early Final Decision

If you have been offered admission to another program and need to give them an answer, then you can request an early final decision by contacting the MAFN Office.

You will need provide us with:

  1. The name of the program / school that needs a decision;
  2. The date by which that decision needs to be made

We may or may not agree to make an expedited final decision, but if we do, then we need to hold your application to a somewhat higher standard, because we cannot compare it to other applications that we receive at a later date.

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