Admissions Requirements and Standards

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General Requirements

To be eligible for consideration to any Tandon MS or PhD program, you must hold a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution, which includes a minimum of four years of full-time study. Bachelor of Engineering degrees (based on 180+ ECTS credits) may also be considered. Attention will be given to the programs accredited by ABET and programs accredited/approved by other various regional accrediting associations. Please be advised that admission to a program that is different from your undergraduate field of study may require the completion of prerequisite courses before you will be permitted to begin graduate level coursework. Tandon School of Engineering reserves the right to investigate or disqualify educational credentials on a case-by-case basis.

The application for admission must be completed online and submitted electronically once you have answered all required questions. (A preview PDF version of the online application is available here.) You may access your online application and change your answers as many times as you like with your username and password from any computer with Internet access.

Once you have completed all sections of the application, validate and submit it. Please note that after submission, you will not be able to make changes to your application information. Please make copies of all submitted documents for your personal file, as as we are unable to return applications and supporting documents.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2017  
November 1, 2016 MS application submission deadline
All additional application materials should be received by November 15, 2016*

Please note: PhD applications are not accepted for the Spring term.
Fall 2017  
December 15, 2016 PhD application submission deadline
All additional application materials should be received by February 1, 2017*
February 15, 2017 MS (full-time) application submission deadline
All additional application materials should be received by March 15, 2017*
May 1, 2017 MS (part-time) application submission deadline
All additional application materials should be received by June 15, 2017*

*Application materials received after this date will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, but a decision is not guaranteed.

Application Requirements

Mailing Address
(For all application documents - note that this is our document processing center in Massachusetts):
NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Graduate Admissions Processing Center
15 Dan Road, Suite 102
Canton, MA 02021

Online Application
The Office of Graduate Admissions requires all applicants to complete the online application and does not accept paper-based applications. If you have any issues with submitting an application via the online application system, please contact our office. The application must be completed and electronically submitted on or before the posted deadline for the term of entry.

Application Fee
The application fee is $75 and is payable in the online system by major credit card. If you are having problems submitting your payment via Credit Card, please contact the Office of Graduate Enrollment Management and Admissions. If paying the application fee poses a financial hardship for you, we don’t want that to stop you from applying. You may request an application fee waiver by using the link on the first page of your application. Fill out a short form to receive the fee waiver code.

Statement of Purpose / Personal Statement

A typewritten, double-spaced, well-organized, one- to two-page statement explaining why you wish to pursue graduate study in your particular program at our particular school. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself and to inform the department about your goals, interests, and career plans as they relate to your intended academic pursuits. Please make sure to include your name (as it appears on your application), program and date. This document will be uploaded to your online application and need not be mailed.


A copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae must be uploaded to the online application and need not be mailed.

Official Transcripts (See below for specific country requirements)

Official transcripts are required and must be received before a decision is released. To complete your application, official transcripts are required from all previously-attended post-secondary institutions, even if you were not a matriculated student and/or did not complete an academic program. Failure to submit all transcripts will delay the processing of your application, and failure to report all schools attended may result in admission rescission or withdrawal from consideration.

Note these specific transcript guidelines:

  • Transcripts from Indian institutions:
    • Official University-issued semester-wise mark sheets or attested copies of mark sheets must be received in a sealed envelope from the institution.
    • If sending attested copies of your mark sheets, the attestation must be made by (and only by) the Controller of Examinations or Registrar from the Degree-granting institution and received in a sealed envelope from the institution.
    • Note that transcripts that are not in English are subject to the guidelines below (“Transcripts not in English from any country”)
  • Transcripts from Chinese institutions*:
    • ALL transcripts for all studies from Chinese universities must be verified and sent to us directly by (and only by) the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC). Request that your institution send a transcript to CDGDC for verification and forwarding to NYU Engineering. Note that transcripts that are not in English are subject to the guidelines below (“Transcripts not in English from any country”)
    • If a degree has been earned by the time of application, the degree certificate must also be verified by the CDGDC. A certified copy of the degree certificate should also be included with the report. Note that omission of the degree certificate will cause delays in the processing of your application.
  • Transcripts not officially issued in English from any country:
    • For any transcript that is not officially issued in English by the institution, an English-language translation is required. (Dual-language transcripts issued by the institution are acceptable and do not require translation.)
    • All translations must be:
      • Complete and literal (word-for-word and line-by-line), replicating the original as precisely as possible with no attempts at interpretation or evaluation
      • Prepared in the same format as the original document
      • Typed on organization or school letterhead/stationery
      • Signed or stamped by an approved translator (see below)
    • Official translations may be provided by one of the following:
      • The institution issuing the transcript
      • A consulate or embassy of the United States or of the institution’s country
      • A professional, certified and/or accredited translation agency
    • Translations will not be accepted from:
      • The applicant or members of his/her family
      • Individuals not affiliated with any of the organizations listed above.
  • Transcripts in English from any other country:
    • Official transcripts must be received by us in a sealed envelope from the institution.
  • A note on credential evaluation services:
    • The Graduate Enrollment Management & Admissions office conducts an independent, external evaluation of credentials (at no additional cost to the student) that may differ from other evaluation services on issues such as GPA, etc. As such, there is no need to submit additional course-by-course evaluations. Please only submit the official transcripts.

Testing Information
Click here or read below to find out if your program requires the GRE or GMAT. Your official test scores must be on file before your application will be reviewed.

  • GRE scores are valid for 5 years. The GRE must be taken again if your GRE scores are older than 5 years at the time of application submission.
  • All PhD programs require the GRE. 
  • Applicants who are applying for full-time enrollment must submit official GRE scores (the NYU Tandon School of Engineering ETS institution code is 2668). The MS in Integrated Digital Media is the only exception and does not require GRE scores for full-time applicants.
  • Applicants who are applying for part-time enrollment in the following programs must also submit official GRE scores for admission: Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Electrical Engineering, Financial Engineering, and Systems Engineering
  • GMAT scores may be substituted for the GRE only for applicants to the Management and Management of Technology programs. GMAT scores are valid for 5 years; the GMAT must be taken again if your GMAT scores are older than 5 years at the time of application submission.
  • If the GRE is required for your application, an official GRE score report must be sent electronically to NYU Tandon School of Engineering via the ETS institution code 2668; a departmental code is not required. Visit the ETS website for more information about the exam.

English Language Proficiency Testing
All applicants to the NYU Tandon School of Engineering for graduate study must demonstrate excellent English language skills in reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension. Proficiency will be determined by the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)*, IELTS (International English Language Testing System), CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced), or Pearson PTE Academic exams. The Office of Graduate Enrollment Management and Admissions reserves the right to request proof of English competency from any applicant. At least one of these exams is required for:

  1. All International applicants (those who have or will request a visa)
  2. Applicants (including US citizens and US Permanent Residents) whose first language is not English and/or who have not completed a bachelor’s degree in the United States.

The NYU Tandon School of Engineering recommends that graduate applicants achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 90 on the internet-based test or an overall band of 7.0 on IELTS. The Tandon School of Engineering does not prohibit graduate applicants with lower scores from applying for admission, but those admitted with lower scores will be required to complete the NYU English Language Placement Exam if necessary, and may to required to attend an intensive English program at NYU’s American Language Institute (ALI) upon enrollment. Students may be required to attend this program while taking a reduced load of graduate academic courses. See here for more information on conditional admission for such students.

TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE scores are valid for 2 years. The test must be taken again if your score is older than 2 years at the time of application submission.

*The NYU Tandon School of Engineering TOEFL institution code is 2668.

Applicants may request a waiver of English Language Proficiency Testing by submitting this form prior to the posted application deadline. The request will be reviewed only after transcripts have been received.

Letters of Recommendation
You are required to send two Letters of Recommendation. Recommendations should be provided by professors, employers, supervisors, or others who are able to comment on your academic achievements, research potential and your professional goals (no friends or relatives please). We ask that you register your recommenders or third-party recommendation service in our online application system. Once registered, your recommenders will be prompted to submit their letters electronically. This method allows you to efficiently monitor and follow up with your recommenders.

Financial Documentation
International students who will require a J-1 or F-1 visa to study at NYU will need to apply for a new I-20 or transfer by submitting financial documentation after admission. Do not submit financial documents (including bank statements and affidavits of support) with your application. Instructions for applying for a new I-20 or transfer will follow your letter of admission (if applicable).

Special Notes from the Office of Graduate Admissions

  • Please check the online system to confirm that you have successfully submitted your application.
  • Due to the volume of applications and related materials received, the Office of Graduate Admissions will only contact you if your application was successfully submitted and is deemed INCOMPLETE because of missing required materials. Otherwise you will hear from us when a decision has been rendered.
  • The following are acceptable document types for uploads to the online application system: PDF, JPEG, JPG, GIF, TIFF, PNG, Bitmap, DOC, DOCX, RTF and TXT.

What happens next?

Once your application has been submitted and all required documents have been received, it will be reviewed by the department to which you applied. When a decision is reached, you will be notified and will be able to access the decision online. If you are admitted, a paper notification will follow, and you will receive information about how to accept/decline your admission.

Deferring an Offer of Admission

Applicants may request a one-time deferral of their admission only after paying the deposit. Students may request either the next available Fall or Spring terms. Deferral to Summer and/or multiple deferrals are not permitted. Deferrals are granted by individual programs at the discretion of the academic department. Deferral requests must be submitted in writing to by the deadlines listed below. Requests made past the deadline will not be honored.

Deferral Request Deadlines

Fall 2016: September 15, 2016
Spring 2017: February 6, 2017