M.S. Frequently Asked Questions
- How many credits are needed to graduate from the Master of Science (M.S.) degree?
A minimum of 30 credits is required to graduate.
- Do bridge courses – Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving (CS-GY 5303), Data Structures and Algorithms (CS-GY 5403) – count towards the 30 credits for graduation?
No, however, these courses are very important, required prerequisites to courses that do count towards the degree. The bridge courses are only required if specified in your admissions letter.
- What is the minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) to graduate?
Students must have at least an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and a core GPA of 3.0 or higher to graduate.
- How many credits is each class worth?
Most classes are worth 3 credits. Some are worth 1.5 credits. The credits will be posted in the course description for each course.
- How many credits do students typically take per semester?
Students typically take 9 credits (generally three classes) per semester. Students may take as many as 12 credits per semester with the approval from your academic advisor.
Note: New students may only take a maximum of 9 credits in their first semester.
- How many credits are required to be full-time during a semester?
M.S. students must take at least 9 credits to be full-time.
- Can students take courses outside of the Computer Science and Engineering Department?
Yes, students are allowed to take up to 6 credits outside of the department. These credits will be counted as elective credits. The 1.5 internship course will be included in the outside the department credits.
- Do I need to register for credits if I get an internship?
Domestic students do not need to register for an internship.
International students must register for the 1.5 credit course to be eligible for the internship. See the Internship FAQs for more detailed information.
- What do international students do if they do not have enough credits remaining to be full-time in their last semester?
Complete the Part-Time Enrollment Request Form.
- How long does it take to graduate from the M.S. degree?
Most students will graduate in 2 years – or 4 semesters.
- May I repeat the same course for a better grade?
Yes. If an M.S. student repeats a course once, the highest grade will be counted in the GPA. If a course is repeated more than once, all subsequent grades will be included in the GPA. Note: regardless of how many times a course is repeated, it only counts once towards degree requirements.
For example: If a student takes Programming Languages (CS-GY 6373) -- a course worth 3 credits -- and earns a “C,” then repeats the course and earns an A, only the “A” will count towards the GPA, but only 3 credits (and not 6 credits) will count towards degree requirements.
- Who do I contact regarding scholarships?
Assistant Director of Financial Aid
Graduate Enrollment Management & Admissions Office
New York University
Tandon School of Engineering
6 MetroTech Center – Wunsch Hall
Brooklyn, New York 11201
T: 646-997-5929 F: 646-997-3624
- Where can I get billing and payment due date information?
- What type of grading system is used for M.S. students?
Grade Grade Point Status A 4.0 Excellent A- 3.7 Excellent B+ 3.3 Good B 3.0 Good B- 2.7 Good C+ 2.3 Deficient, but passing C 2.0 Deficient, but passing F 0.0 Failing P Pass (no GPA value) S Satisfactory U Unsatisfactory W Withdrawal I Incomplete, converts to F after 180 days AUD Audit