Graduate Student Life
Katz School graduate students enjoy an array of resources and services. From career development and preparation, internships, research and teaching assistantships, registration, student finance and wellness, graduate students at The Katz School have everything they need.
- Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships
- Housing and the Transition to New York
- New Student Orientation
- Academic Advisement
- Online Learning
- Libraries and Technologies
- Research Opportunities
- Writing Support
- Career Services and Support
- Health and Counseling Services
- Student and Alumni Parking
- Exploring the City and Beyond
- Student Organizations and Clubs
- International Student and Scholars Office
- English for Graduate School and Work
- Disability Services
Dean’s scholarships, Merit Awards, and external funding are awarded to a number of students every year. In addition, the university offers research, teaching, and other graduate assistantships on an as-needed basis. Yeshiva University will also work with your company’s tuition reimbursement policies (within reasonable limits). For students coming from outside the US, the university can accommodate scholarships awards from your home country. If you need further financial support, financing options, including federal student loans and private loans, are available for qualified candidates.
Our Office of Student Services will provide a list of resources to help domestic and international students find affordable housing options around New York. Whether you are coming from the tri-state area, a different part of the US, or even another country, we know the transition to New York City requires planning. Our staff is here to facilitate from the time you apply to the time you move. Support includes resources for finding an apartment, arranging transportation, getting settled in the City, and jumpstarting new friendships.
Every fall, the Office of Graduate Student Life works with student volunteers to host a new Graduate Student Orientation one week prior to the start of classes. Orientation is structured to help you find your way around campus, finish up registration and paperwork, access services, and meet with faculty. In addition, we hold meetups where you can connect with your new classmates and current graduate students in many different departments for food and fun.
Every semester you will meet with your assigned faculty advisor or faculty research coordinator to discuss your progress in the program, plan future course work, review your research activities, and plan what comes next after graduation. At Katz, your advisor is your academic navigator, keeping you on course to achieve your personal goals.
Canvas is Yeshiva University’s Learning Management System. You’ll have 24/7 support to ensure you stay focused on your courses and have the best experience possible when learning online. We’ll also help you to get started. Students registered for online courses will be invited to participate in a self-paced, online orientation covering the basics of what you need to know about going to school online. The orientation starts two weeks prior to the start of your first course.
Online courses require the same amount of time and effort as face-to-face courses, and for the most part include comparable activities and assignments. For example, on the first day of class you’ll meet your professor and classmates, you’ll have lectures, discussions, breakout groups, projects, a few quizzes or exams. The difference is that most of the interaction is online. You’ll still make use of our library resources, either in person or through access to our digital collections. You can collaborate with classmates on team projects using tools like GoToMeeting or Google Docs or, if you live near each other, meet your classmates in the library or at a local Starbucks.
While each course has its own requirements and each faculty member has his or her own approach to teaching, you should plan to spend approximately eight–twelve hours each week in the course site, in addition to time spent studying and completing assignments. Online courses are both asynchronous and synchronous, so it’s possible you’ll have some class meetings depending on which program that you enroll in. Be sure to read the program’s website and speak with the program director to learn more.
Everything you need will be available in your course site. Instructors will post the course syllabus, assignments, discussion forum topics, grades and other content on their Canvas course site.
We’ll also make sure that you never come to campus to register for courses, pay bills, or other kinds of administrative issues. However, if you want to come for a visit to say hello, let us know. Speak with an advisor to learn more.
All Katz students have access to Yeshiva University's libraries, which offer a wealth of information and support for study and research, and other scholarly, cultural, and artistic activities. The Pollack, Mendel Gottesman, and Heidi Steinberg libraries hold a combined 787,000 physical volumes, and students can access an additional 50,000 digital journals and 428,000 digital books from any of the three locations.
Technology needs are supported by Yeshiva’s Office of Academic Computing. All campuses have free WiFi, computer labs and printing for students. Instructors frequently post your course syllabus, assignments, discussion topics, grades and other class materials on Canvas, the university’s learning management system. This makes it easy to access what you need for class from anywhere, anytime.
Full-time Ph.D. and master's students may be awarded research assistantships. These awards are administered by the faculty of departments and specific programs.
Assistantships are a type of financial support for graduate students who engage in research activities that further the university’s mission and contribute to scientific literature, professional practice, and the graduate student’s own education. Assistantships can be in the form of stipends, scholarships and fellowships, and regular on-campus employment.
The Writing Center offers free one-to-one tutoring for all types of writing, from research and reports to composition essays and creative briefs. Our tutors can help at any point in the writing process, including generating and clarifying your ideas, developing arguments, locating evidence, consolidating conclusions, and developing cohesive structure. Furthermore, tutors will enable you to hone and develop your own thinking and writing skills, so you will leave feeling empowered and confident in your abilities. The Writing Center offers hour-long appointments Sunday through Friday.
Yeshiva University’s Career Center offers students a range of programs and resources, from personalized counseling and career planning to the latest professional search technologies. The Career Center also hosts on-campus recruiting events, career fairs, and information sessions, partnering with employers, alumni, and community supporters to connect students with professional opportunities. In addition, YU faculty offer career mentoring, helping students to identify career options and opportunities for further study.
YU's on-campus, competitive graduate employment program helps you bridge the gap between academia and the professional world. Students who participate in this program have the opportunity to work with YU faculty, researchers, and administrators to gain invaluable experience that will enhance their professional profiles. For more information, contact GraduateAdmissions@yu.edu.
All full-time on-campus Yeshiva University students are required to have health insurance. Students may join a health insurance plan through the University, or they may waive this plan if they have their own health insurance.
Students and alumni are eligible for parking at our uptown Wilf Campus. Please fill out and submit the application form linked below to apply for student parking. Please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any adjustments to your parking account. These include vehicle or scheduling changes. Complete either the student parking or alumni parking application.
New York City is made up of five boroughs—Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island. Each has its own flavor. Cheer on the Yankees or spend a day at the zoo in the Bronx. Enjoy the emerging arts culture of Brooklyn or take a walk across the historic Brooklyn Bridge. Ride the free ferry to Staten Island and breathe in the parks and beaches. Hop on the subway to Queens and dine on a different kind of cuisine at every stop. Or spend a whole day right here in Manhattan: tour a skyscraper in the morning, eat a picnic lunch in Central Park, explore an art or history museum in the afternoon, and catch a Broadway show in the evening. Every borough is a blend of new and old, innovation and history; there’s always something to do in the City That Never Sleeps! Check out NYCGo.com to learn more.
Graduate students have the opportunity to form clubs based on their interests. Clubs run events periodically throughout the year with University funding. Attend a Chinese New Year celebration sponsored by the Yeshiva University Chinese Association of Students and Scholars (YUCASS) or a conference with our chapter of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA), among many other opportunities.
If 12 or more students wish to form a club or student organization, they can apply to the Dean’s office for formal recognition.
International students and exchange visitors are an important part of Yeshiva University's vibrant community. More than 500 students and scholars from over 50 countries enroll each year at the graduate and undergraduate level or join the Yeshiva's community to teach and perform research.
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISS) provides international students with immigration support to ensure a smooth transition and stay in the US during school and, where applicable, with the requirements and processing for Optional Practical Training (OPT).
The OISS also acts as a liaison with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to ensure University-wide legal compliance with government immigration regulations and reporting requirements. Please feel free to contact the OISS by phone 646.592.4203 or email.
To assist non-native English speakers, we offer specialized courses designed to help you prepare for master's and doctoral programs in an American university setting. You can refine your academic language skills, develop proficiency in managing graduate level course assignments, and become familiar with the conventions and expectations of graduate school. Services include individualized graduate advising, specifically designed graduate English courses, writing development, English for work, and accent reduction.
The Office of Disability Services collaborates with students, faculty and staff to provide reasonable accommodations and services to students with disabilities. The Office’s goal is to provide access to all campus programs and activities, thereby empowering students with disabilities to actualize their full academic and personal potential.