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Pathways to YU

Accelerate Your Path to a YU Graduate Degree

Continue Your Journey with YU

YU’s Pathways Programs offer exceptional YU undergraduates a streamlined path to graduate programs at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education & Administration, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Fish Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Katz School of Science & Health, Sy Syms School of Business, and Wurzweiler School of Social Work. 

We offer two types of Pathways Programs:

  • Dual Degree Programs: YU undergraduates can begin taking graduate coursework in their junior or senior year, accelerating their path to the graduate degree and saving tuition along the way.
  • Early Assurance Health Science Programs: YU undergraduates can apply to one of YU's graduate health science programs in their junior year, allowing them the opportunity to secure a spot in their program of choice a year ahead of the typical admissions cycle.

Scroll down for Application Information and FAQs.

Questions? Contact: pathways@yu.edu

How to Apply

Dual Degree Programs

Dual Degree Program: Jewish Education 

Before applying to a Pathways program, contact the Pathways Coordinator at pathways@yu.edu to express your interest and learn more about program requirements, coursework, and the application process. The Pathways Coordinator will also connect you with the graduate program director. Once you are ready to apply, follow the directions below.

Application Link: www.yu.edu/graduate/apply 

NOTE: If you applied to YU as an undergraduate after 2016, you probably already have an account. Try the “Forgot your password?” button to access that account. You can also create a new account. If you create a new account and your email address is already in our system, then you’ll be brought to a screen with two options: 

  1. You can click “I signed up previously. Please let me sign into my account.” This brings you back to the home screen, where you can click “Forgot your password?” and reset your password. 
  2. Or you can click “I have never signed up here before, please create a new account.” This will let you create a new account.     

Application Instructions:  

For those logging into an existing account:  

  1. Log into your account.   
  2. From the “My Account” page, click “Start a New Application.” You may see applications from previous years. You can ignore them.  
  3. Click “Start an Application.” 
  4. Under “Academic College,” choose the YU grad school to which you are applying (Azrieli).  
  5. A box will appear to choose your “Academic Program.” For YU undergraduates applying to the BA/MS program, choose Jewish Education (BA/MS) – for YU Undergraduates.  
  6. Then let us know if you are currently enrolled in another YU graduate school (e.g. RIETS, Revel, etc.). 
  7. Select your term and click “Submit” to begin your application. 

For those creating a new account:  

  1. Create your new account and login. 
  2. Once you login, you’ll be prompted to choose your “Academic College,” which is the YU grad school to which you are applying (Azrieli). 
  3. A box will appear to choose your “Academic Program.” For YU undergraduates applying to the BA/MS program, choose Jewish Education (BA/MS) – for YU Undergraduates. 
  4. Then let us know if you are currently enrolled in another YU graduate school (e.g. RIETS, Revel, etc.). 
  5. Select your term and click “Submit” to begin your application.  

Dual Degree Programs: Jewish Studies 

Before applying to a Pathways program, contact the Pathways Coordinator at pathways@yu.edu to express your interest and learn more about program requirements, coursework, and the application process. The Pathways Coordinator will also connect you with the graduate program director. Once you are ready to apply, follow the directions below.

Note: As part of your application, you will need to submit a personal statement and two letters of recommendation.

Application Link: www.yu.edu/graduate/apply 

NOTE: If you applied to YU as an undergraduate after 2016, you probably already have an account. Try the “Forgot your password?” button to access that account. You can also create a new account. If you create a new account and your email address is already in our system, then you’ll be brought to a screen with two options: 

  1. You can click “I signed up previously. Please let me sign into my account.” This brings you back to the home screen, where you can click “Forgot your password?” and reset your password. 
  2. Or you can click “I have never signed up here before, please create a new account.” This will let you create a new account. 

Application Instructions:  

For those logging into an existing account:  

  1. Log into your account.  
  2. From the “My Account” page, click “Start a New Application.” You may see applications from previous years. You can ignore them. 
  3. Click “Start an Application.” 
  4. Under “Academic College,” choose the YU grad school to which you are applying (Revel). 
  5. A box will appear to choose your “Academic Program.” For YU undergraduates applying to the dual degree program, choose "Jewish Studies (BA/MA) or (BS/MA) – Pathways."
  6. Then let us know if you are currently enrolled in another YU graduate school (e.g. RIETS, Azrieli, etc.). 
  7. Select your term and click “Submit” to begin your application. 

For those creating a new account:  

  1. Create your new account and login. 
  2. Once you login, you’ll be prompted to choose your “Academic College,” which is the YU grad school to which you are applying (Revel). 
  3. A box will appear to choose your “Academic Program.” For YU undergraduates applying to the dual degree program, choose "Jewish Studies (BA/MA) or (BS/MA) – Pathways."
  4. Then let us know if you are currently enrolled in another YU graduate school (e.g. RIETS, Azrieli, etc.). 
  5. Select your term and click “Submit” to begin your application. 

Dual Degree Program: Mental Health Counseling 

Application Process: 

  1. Confirm your interest in the BA/MA program with the Pathways Coordinator (pathways@yu.edu). 
  2. Notify your undergraduate Psychology Department Chair by the end of your second year that you are interested in the BA/MA in Mental Health Counseling. 
  3. Once the Chair approves your request, complete this application form to formally apply to the BA/MA program through Ferkauf Admissions. 
  4. Applications are due by December 1st of your senior year. 

Please note: Summer coursework may be required between sophomore and junior, and junior and senior years in order to be eligible to register for MA courses in your fourth year. 

Dual Degree Programs: Holocaust & Genocide Studies

Before applying to a Pathways program, contact the Pathways Coordinator at pathways@yu.edu to express your interest and learn more about program requirements, coursework, and the application process. The Pathways Coordinator will also connect you with the graduate program director. Once you are ready to apply, follow the directions below.

Application Requirements: 

  1. Online application (instructions below)
  2. Statement of purpose: Describe your background, your motivations for pursuing an MA in Holocaust & Genocide Studies, and your future professional plans once you complete the degree. 500 word maximum.
  3. One letter of recommendation from a YC/SCW faculty member.
  4. An interview with the graduate program director is required.

Application Instructions:

Application Link: www.yu.edu/graduate/apply 

NOTE: If you applied to YU as an undergraduate after 2016, you probably already have an account. Try the “Forgot your password?” button to access that account. You can also create a new account. If you create a new account and your email address is already in our system, then you’ll be brought to a screen with two options:

  1. You can click “I signed up previously. Please let me sign into my account.” This brings you back to the home screen, where you can click “Forgot your password?” and reset your password.
  2. Or you can click “I have never signed up here before, please create a new account.” This will let you create a new account.     

Application Instructions:

For those logging into an existing account: 

  1. Log into your account.  
  2. From the My Account page, click “Start a New Application.” You may see applications from previous years. You can ignore them. 
  3. Click “Start an Application.” 
  4. Under “Academic College,” choose the YU grad school to which you are applying (Fish Center). 
  5. A box will appear to choose your “Academic Program.” For YU undergraduates applying to the dual degree program, choose Holocaust and Genocide Studies (BA/MA) – Pathways. 
  6. Select your term and click “Submit” to begin your application. 

For those creating a new account:  

  1. Create your new account and login. 

  2. Once you login, you’ll be prompted to choose your Academic College, which is the YU grad school to which you are applying (Fish Center). 

  3. A box will appear to choose your “Academic Program.” For YU undergraduates applying to the dual degree program, choose Holocaust and Genocide Studies (BA/MA) – Pathways. 

  4. Select your term and click “Submit” to begin your application. 

Dual Degree Programs: Artificial Intelligence, Biotechnology, Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, Digital Marketing & Media, Math, and Physics 

Before applying to a Pathways program, contact the Pathways Coordinator at pathways@yu.edu to express your interest and learn more about program requirements, coursework, and the application process. The Pathways Coordinator will also connect you with the graduate program director. Once you are ready to apply, follow the directions below.

Application Link: www.yu.edu/graduate/apply 

NOTE: If you applied to YU as an undergraduate after 2016, you probably already have an account. Try the “Forgot your password?” button to access that account. You can also create a new account. If you create a new account and your email address is already in our system, then you’ll be brought to a screen with two options:

  1. You can click “I signed up previously. Please let me sign into my account.” This brings you back to the home screen, where you can click “Forgot your password?” and reset your password.
  2. Or you can click “I have never signed up here before, please create a new account.” This will let you create a new account.     

Application Instructions:

For those logging into an existing account: 

  1. Log into your account.  
  2. From the My Account page, click “Start a New Application.” You may see applications from previous years. You can ignore them. 
  3. Click “Start an Application.” 
  4. Under “Academic College,” choose the YU grad school to which you are applying (Katz School). 
  5. A box will appear to choose your “Academic Program.” For YU undergraduates applying to the dual degree program, select the "(BA/MA) – Pathways" option for your intended graduate program:
    • Artificial Intelligence (BA/MA) – Pathways
    • Biotechnology Management and Entrepreneurship (BA/MA) – Pathways
    • Cybersecurity (BA/MA) – Pathways
    • Data Analytics and Visualization (BA/MA) – Pathways
    • Digital Marketing and Media (BA/MA) – Pathways
    • Mathematics (BA/MA) – Pathways
    • Physics (BA/MA) – Pathways
  6. Select your term and click “Submit” to begin your application. 

For those creating a new account:  

  1. Create your new account and login. 

  2. Once you login, you’ll be prompted to choose your Academic College, which is the YU grad school to which you are applying (Katz School). 

  3. A box will appear to choose your “Academic Program.”

  4. A box will appear to choose your “Academic Program.” For YU undergraduates applying to the dual degree program, select the "(BA/MA) – Pathways" option for your intended graduate program:
    • Artificial Intelligence (BA/MA) – Pathways
    • Biotechnology Management and Entrepreneurship (BA/MA) – Pathways
    • Cybersecurity (BA/MA) – Pathways
    • Data Analytics and Visualization (BA/MA) – Pathways
    • Digital Marketing and Media (BA/MA) – Pathways
    • Mathematics (BA/MA) – Pathways
    • Physics (BA/MA) – Pathways
  5. Select your term and click “Submit” to begin your application. 

Dual Degree Program: Accounting 

Before applying to a Pathways program, contact the Pathways Coordinator at pathways@yu.edu to express your interest and learn more about program requirements, coursework, and the application process. The Pathways Coordinator will also connect you with the graduate program director. Once you are ready to apply, follow the directions below.

Application Link: www.yu.edu/graduate/apply 

NOTE: If you applied to YU as an undergraduate after 2016, you probably already have an account. Try the “Forgot your password?” button to access that account. You can also create a new account. If you create a new account and your email address is already in our system, then you’ll be brought to a screen with two options: 

  1. You can click “I signed up previously. Please let me sign into my account.” This brings you back to the home screen, where you can click “Forgot your password?” and reset your password. 
  2. Or you can click “I have never signed up here before, please create a new account.” This will let you create a new account.     

Application Instructions:  

For those logging into an existing account:  

  1. Log into your account.  
  2. From the My Account page, click “Start a New Application.” You may see applications from previous years. You can ignore them. 
  3. Click “Start an Application.” 
  4. Under “Academic College,” choose the YU grad school to which you are applying (Sy Syms School of Business). 
  5. A box will appear to choose your “Academic Program.” For YU undergraduates applying to the dual degree program, choose Accounting (BS/MS) – Pathways.
  6. Select your term and click “Submit” to begin your application. 

For those creating a new account:  

  1. Create your new account and login. 

  2. Once you login, you’ll be prompted to choose your Academic College, which is the YU grad school to which you are applying (Sy Syms School of Business). 

  3. A box will appear to choose your “Academic Program.” For YU undergraduates applying to the dual degree program, choose Accounting (BS/MS) – Pathways.

  4. Select your term and click “Submit” to begin your application. 

Dual Degree Program: MSW 

Before applying to a Pathways program, contact the Pathways Coordinator at pathways@yu.edu to express your interest and learn more about program requirements, coursework, and the application process. The Pathways Coordinator will also connect you with the graduate program director. Once you are ready to apply, follow the directions below.

Note: As part of your application, you will need to submit a personal statement and one letter of recommendation. An interview is also required.

Application Link: www.yu.edu/graduate/apply 

NOTE: If you applied to YU as an undergraduate after 2016, you probably already have an account. Try the “Forgot your password?” button to access that account. You can also create a new account. If you create a new account and your email address is already in our system, then you’ll be brought to a screen with two options: 

  1. You can click “I signed up previously. Please let me sign into my account.” This brings you back to the home screen, where you can click “Forgot your password?” and reset your password. 
  2. Or you can click “I have never signed up here before, please create a new account.” This will let you create a new account.     

Application Instructions:  

For those logging into an existing account:  

  1. Log into your account.  
  2. From the My Account page, click “Start a New Application.” You may see applications from previous years. You can ignore them.
  3. Click “Start an Application.” 
  4. Under “Academic College,” choose the YU grad school to which you are applying (Wurzweiler). 
  5. A box will appear to choose your “Academic Program.” For YU undergraduates applying to the BA/MSW program, choose “Social Work (BA/MSW) – Yeshiva University.” 
  6. Select your term and click “Submit” to begin your application. 

For those creating a new account:  

  1. Create your new account and login. 

  2. Once you login, you’ll be prompted to choose your “Academic College,” which is the YU grad school to which you are applying (Wurzweiler). 

  3. A box will appear to choose your “Academic Program.” For YU undergraduates applying to the BA/MSW program, choose “Social Work (BA/MSW) – Yeshiva University.” 

  4. Select your term and click “Submit” to begin your application. 

Early Assurance Programs

Application Timeline

The Occupational Therapy Doctorate program offers rolling admission. Early applicants are encouraged to apply immediately upon completion of their junior (3rd) year of coursework (late May or early June) and must meet the minimum eligibility requirements noted above.

When official transcripts and the prerequisite checklist are received and reviewed by the Dean/Faculty/Program Coordinator, an admissions advisor will reach out to the applicant to let them know the results of the review.  If the applicant has met the requirements or if there are other materials that may be outstanding and needed, the admissions advisor will communicate that to the applicant. If admissions requirements are met, an in-person or virtual interview will be scheduled. Applicants are generally notified of a decision within 2 weeks.

Application Process

Documents needed:

  • Prerequisite Checklist form
  • Reference Evaluation Forms or Letters of Recommendation. Three letters are required.  While it is preferred that 2 be written by licensed OT's and 1 from another professional (for example, a direct manager or faculty member), consideration will be given to applicants with 3 letters of recommendation, from faculty who are most familiar with their former or current studies, research interests, or work.  Students may also provide professional recommendations from an employer or supervisor, particularly if you have been out of school for over 5 years.  Recommendations from friends and/or family are not deemed appropriate to meet this requirement.
  • Documentation of Hours Form.  It is strongly encouraged that applicants complete a minimum of 40 hours of direct observation of services provided by licensed OTs. Some facilities are limiting the number of individuals in their buildings, and we recognize that it may not always be possible to complete 40 hours of observation.  In lieu of the observation hours, candidates must be prepared to speak about their experience and connection to the field of occupational therapy, should they qualify for an interview.
  • A resume is required
  • Personal statement demonstrating a commitment to contribute to and complete the program
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (for candidates whose bachelor's degrees were earned at a non-English-speaking institution). NACES course-by-course evaluation (for degrees completed outside of the US and English-speaking Canada). Minimum TOEFL score on tests taken within the last two years: 100 (internet-based test).  Minimum IELTS score on tests taken within the last two years: 7
  • Official Transcripts from the school where the student's Bachelor's degree was obtained, and where the prerequisite courses were completed.

OTD Health Screening and Immunization Requirement

Clinical training is an integral component of the OTD program. Clinical training sites have health requirements for students, including but not limited to proof of COVID-19 vaccination and proof of immunity or immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, and hepatitis B. As healthcare providers, it is our obligation to prioritize the health and welfare of our patients. Should a student request a vaccine exemption from YU, please note that the YU exemption does not apply to external clinical sites.  If a student has a vaccine exemption, the OTD program will endeavor to assist students exempted from these vaccines to find a clinical site.  However, the program cannot guarantee a placement for exempted students, which may impact the student’s ability to timely meet programmatic requirements. Additionally, the OTD program is housed in the Van Etten Building on the Albert Einstein College of Medicine campus in the Bronx.  To enter the Van Etten Building, proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is required. Students should email the OTD Program Director to schedule an appointment to discuss questions regarding vaccination requirements prior to admission.

Application Links

Application link through the YU website

OTCAS application link

Application Timeline

Early applicants are encouraged to apply immediately upon completion of their junior (3rd) year of coursework (late May or early June) and must meet the minimum eligibility requirements noted above. Students can anticipate hearing back by the first week in August.

Application Process

  • Students must submit a copy of the transcript, résumé, and personal statement with their application describing their interest in the graduate PA program.
  • Students must submit 3 academic or professional recommendations with the application.
  • Upon receipt and review of the verified admissions application, qualified students will be contacted for an interview. A successful interview is required for admission to the PA program. Admission to the PA program is very competitive. Admission is based on applicant academic achievement and individual character traits. The admissions committee recognizes its responsibility to present candidates for PA certification that have the maturity, integrity, knowledge, fortitude and generosity, as well as communication and leadership skills, to function in a broad variety of clinical situations. The program, therefore, gives preference to applicants who have dedicated themselves to community service, held leadership roles, demonstrated personal resilience, have excellent communication skills, and have earned higher overall and science GPAs. Applicants selected for interview will be notified by email. If the applicant accepts the interview invitation, an interview schedule and agenda will be emailed to the applicant.  
  • Accepted students who choose to reserve an early assurance seat in the M.S. in Physician Assistant (PA) Studies are required to remit a $500 non-refundable deposit.
  • All 8 course prerequisites must be complete with a grade of B or higher and an official transcript must be emailed to the PA Program Admissions Director no later than one month before the start date of the PA program.

Health Screening and Immunization Requirement

Clinical training is an integral component of the PA program.  Clinical training begins in the first semester of study in the PA program at an external clinical affiliate site. Clinical training sites have health requirements for students, including but not limited to proof of COVID-19 vaccination and proof of immunity or immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, and hepatitis B. As healthcare providers, it is our obligation to prioritize the health and welfare of our patients. Should a student request a vaccine exemption from YU, please note that the YU exemption does not apply to external clinical sites.  If a student has a vaccine exemption, the PA program will endeavor to assist students exempted from these vaccines to find a clinical site.  However, the program cannot guarantee a placement for exempted students, which may impact the student’s ability to timely meet programmatic requirements.  Additionally, the YU PA program is housed in the Van Etten Building on the Albert Einstein College of Medicine campus in the Bronx.  To enter the Van Etten Building, proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is required. Students should email the PA program Director to schedule an appointment to discuss questions regarding vaccination requirements.
 
Technical Standards

PA Students must generally meet important technical standards to be admitted and to matriculate in the PA Program. These can be viewed here.

Application Link: Apply here!

Application Timeline

Early applicant students interested in applying to the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology graduate program are encouraged to apply immediately upon completion of their junior (3rd) year of coursework (late May or early June). The application will close on June 31, and students can anticipate hearing back from the Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology by the first week in August.. Students must meet the minimum eligibility requirements noted above.

Application Process

Students must submit a copy of the transcript, résumé, and personal statement describing their interest in the graduate SLP program.  

Upon receipt of the admissions application, students will be contacted for an interview.

Accepted students who choose to reserve an early assurance seat in the Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology are required to remit a $500 non-refundable deposit. The deposit will be applied to tuition upon successful enrollment into the program.

SLP Health Screening and Immunization Requirement:

Clinical training is an integral component of the SLP program.  Clinical training begins in the 2nd semester of study. Clinical training sites have health requirements for students, including but not limited to proof of COVID-19 vaccination and proof of immunity or immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, and hepatitis B. As healthcare providers, it is our obligation to prioritize the health and welfare of our patients. Should a student request a vaccine exemption from YU, please note that the YU exemption does not apply to external clinical sites.  If a student has a vaccine exemption, the SLP program will endeavor to assist students exempted from these vaccines to find a clinical site.  However, the program cannot guarantee a placement for exempted students, which may impact the student’s ability to timely meet programmatic requirements. Students should email the SLP Program Director to schedule an appointment to discuss questions regarding vaccination requirements prior to admission.

Application Link: Apply here!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

The Pathways program is a way to get a jump start on a graduate degree while still studying as an undergraduate student at YU. Students accepted into a pathways program will be allowed to take graduate courses to fulfill both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. 

Tuition for graduate courses taken during your undergraduate years will be included in your undergraduate tuition so there are NO additional tuition charges for those courses!  By participating in a pathways program, you will be saving money towards the completion of a graduate degree. For example, if you begin a pathways program during your junior year and take 1 graduate course (3 credits) per semester during your junior and senior year, you would have earned 12 graduate credits. If your intended graduate program is 30 credits, you would only have to pay tuition for the remaining 18 credits! 

We are working to create pathways for as many graduate programs as possible. And even if the program you are interested in is not yet included as a pathway, may still be able to take courses at the graduate level during your undergraduate study. For more information, contact your undergraduate academic advisor. 

Yes! That is one of the main benefits of our pathways programs. Students will be able to take graduate courses that count both towards their undergraduate and eventual graduate requirements. 

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