BA in Applied General Studies


The BA in Applied General Studies addresses the demand for an interdisciplinary major that allows students to design their own plan of study and combine courses across disciplinary boundaries.

Customize Your Program

Students work with their advisor and an assigned faculty mentor to develop a customized educational plan of study.

Faculty Contact

Billie Gastic Rosado, PhD
(212) 992-8353

Achieve - Awarding Achievement, Ensuring Success

The NYU School of Professional Studies is proud to introduce the Achieve Scholarship, beginning in Fall 2022. Each year, 20 high-achieving applicants to bachelor's degree programs of the NYU SPS Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies (DAUS) will be awarded a $30,000 scholarship package in addition to other financial aid. Achieve Scholarship applicants must have completed their associate degree or the equivalent number of transferable credits prior to enrolling at NYU SPS, have a FAFSA on file for the upcoming academic year, and enroll full-time while at NYU SPS. Apply as soon as possible for priority consideration!

Program Structure

Core Courses

Core courses provide an in-depth exploration of the liberal arts that expands your critical thinking and analytical skills, increases your knowledge, and develops your intellect.



Earn academic credit while gaining industry experience. Work with coaches at the Wasserman Center to learn how to land an internship that will let you put what you have learned in the classroom into action.



Students select elective credits from DAUS course offerings in consultation with their advisor.



Work in close consultation with a faculty advisor on a senior thesis or project in your field of study.


Core Requirements

The degree is a 128 credit program consisting of a required set of core courses (32 credits), foundation courses (16 credits), major requirements (60 credits), free electives (16 credits), and a graduation project (4 credits).

Foundation Courses

Students select 16 credits of foundation course work in consultation with their adviser and faculty mentor.

Major Requirements

Students select 60 credits of interdisciplinary course work in consultation with their adviser and faculty mentor. A minimum of 16 credits and a maximum of 32 credits must be chosen from the NYUSPS Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies Bachelor of Science and/or from an undergraduate degree within the School of Professional Studies.


The following courses may be required based on a writing placement assessment, and should be successfully completed within the first three semesters.

Critical Thinking

Students are required to take the following course.

Quantitative Reasoning

Students, in close consultation with their advisor, select Math 1 and Math II or one of the following other courses based on a math placement assessment.

Scientific Issues

Students select one of the following courses in consultation with their advisor.

Historical Perspectives

Students select one of the following courses in consultation with their advisor.

Literary and Artistic Expressions

Students select one of the following courses in consultation with their advisor.

Free Electives

Students select 16 elective credits in consultation with their adviser and faculty mentor.

Admissions Criteria

Applications will be reviewed for evidence of:

  • Academic preparedness suggestive of success at the baccalaureate level
  • Rationale for desire to pursue selected academic subject of study
  • Personal attributes that predict readiness for advanced college-level work (e.g., motivation to learn, time management, personal responsibility, maturity)
  • Self-reflection on work or life experiences that shape one’s educational and career goals
  • Leadership skill or potential demonstrated through community service, volunteer positions or other activities


Associates degree or equivalent of 45 transferable college credits required

Recommended minimum 3.3 (B+) GPA

Domestic Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

Early Decision:   July 1

Final: August 1


Spring Semester

Early Decision:   November 1,

Final: January 1


International Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

Early Decision:   February 1

Final: April 15


Spring Semester

Early Decision:   August 1

Final: October 1


Required Documents

Personal Statement


Two Letters of Recommendation (1 required)

Official transcripts from all colleges attended

Standardized Tests (If required by Admissions team)



Application Fee $0


International Students

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 not English.  Successful candidates achieve a minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based test.


For the IELTS, a minimum overall band score of at least 7 is recommended.


NYUSPS does not prohibit applicants with lower TOEFL/IELTS scores from applying for admission since many factors influence the admissions decision. 


Financing Your Education

We know that financial planning for your education is of the utmost importance. We want to support you. Click the link below to learn about financial aid opportunities or download the financial aid guidelines document.