Admissions Requirements | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Admissions Requirements

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General Requirements

To be eligible for consideration to any Tandon MS or Ph.D. program, you must hold a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, which includes a minimum of four years of full-time study.  Please note that the minimum GPA requirement is a 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale. 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. The NYU Tandon School of Engineering reserves the right to investigate or disqualify educational credentials on a case-by-case basis.

Once you have completed all sections of the online application, validate and submit it. After submission, you will not be able to make changes to your application information. Make copies of all mailed documents for your personal file, as we are unable to return applications and supporting documents. If you wish to submit updated documentation, you must mail it to our document processing center. Documents received from the applicant via email will not be accepted to be processed.

In some cases, the academic department may choose to contact the applicant for an interview.

Cyber Fellows applicants can review application requirements here. All other applicants, review the requirements below. 

Application Requirements

To ensure the most efficient application processing, submit your application before sending documents or submitting test scores.

Mailing Address
(For all application documents. Please note that this is our document processing center in Pennsylvania):
NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Graduate Admissions Processing Center
458 Pike Road
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

The Office of Graduate Admissions requires all applicants to complete the online application and does not accept paper-based applications. The application must be completed and submitted on or before the posted deadline for the term of entry.

The non-refundable application fee is $90 and is payable in the online system by major credit card. We do not offer refunds for the application fee so please do not pay the fee more than once per application. 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 emailing us at

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 should be saved as a PDF and uploaded to your online application.

A copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae must be uploaded to the online application.

For admissions review, we will accept unofficial copies of your transcript and proof of undergraduate degree (if completed) uploaded to your application or emailed to us at Screenshots or student account printouts will not be accepted or used in your application review.

If you are offered admission, we will require official final transcripts sent to our office directly from your undergraduate institution to finalize your admission, prior to enrollment in your first semester. To satisfy this requirement, we will accept hard copy/physical transcripts, or electronic transcripts. No scanned copies will be accepted once you've been admitted.

A hard copy or physical transcript is considered official when it is in a sealed, unopened envelope mailed directly from your previous institution to NYU Tandon. An electronic transcript is considered official if it is sent through a digital credential service such as Parchment, Student Clearinghouse, Credential Solutions or a similar, secure third-party platform, or emailed directly from your institution’s registrar’s office.

Please see sections below for specific country requirements.

  • We will accept unofficial copies, scans or uploads of documents for application review. If admitted and upon enrollment, official university-issued or attested copies of college transcripts or a consolidated statement of marks are required.
  • 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.
  • If a degree has been earned at the time of application, an attested copy of the official Degree Certificate must be submitted. If the Degree Certificate is not yet available, an attested copy of the official Provisional Degree will be accepted for admission purposes only. Please note that we do not accept self-attested copies, they must be attested by your institution.
  • Note that academic records that are not in English are subject to the guidelines below (“Transcripts not 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

Official transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the institution.

The Office of Graduate Enrollment Management and Admissions office conducts an independent, external evaluation of credentials (at no additional cost to the student). As such, there is no need to submit additional course-by-course evaluations. Please submit only the official transcripts and translations, as needed.

Find out if your program requires the GRE or GMAT here: GRE/GMAT Requirements. If the GRE is required for your programs, your official test scores must be on file before your application will be reviewed. To be considered official, the GRE test scores must be submitted electronically through ETS (institution code is 2668; a departmental code is not required). Learn more about the GRE exam on the ETS website.

ETS is currently offering at-home testing for the GRE for applicants affected by COVID-19. Please visit their website here for more information and to see if you are eligible for this option: ETS COVID-19 Updates - GRE.

    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 Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)*International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Duolingo English Test, Cambridge Assessment English, or Pearson PTE Academic exams. You must submit your English language proficiency scores electronically via the testing agency.

    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 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 requires that graduate applicants achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 90 on the internet-based test, an overall band of 7.0 on IELTS, a score of 115 on the Duolingo English Test, a 65 on the Pearson PTE Academics exam, or a C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency on the Cambridge Assessment English exam.

    The NYU Tandon School of Engineering TOEFL institution code is 2668. Please send electronic IELTS scores to Tandon School of Engineering, NYU. You can send hard copy results of your Official IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) to our processing center.

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

    ETS is now offering at-home testing for the TOEFL for applicants affected by COVID-19. Please visit their website here for more information and to see if you are eligible for this option: ETS COVID-19 Updates - TOEFL

    Applicants may request a waiver of English Language Proficiency Testing for special cases by submitting a waiver request form. If you have attended a US institution for four years and earned a bachelor’s degree, or two years, and earned a master’s degree, you will automatically be reviewed for a waiver and do not need to submit a waiver request form. This request will be reviewed only after transcripts have been received. 

    Deadlines to submit your waiver request are below:

    All Applicants 

    Fall: March 1

    Spring: November 15


    The English Language Waiver Form is available HERE.

    You are required to send two letters of recommendation; we will accept up to three. Recommendations should be provided by professors, employers, supervisors, or others (no friends or relatives) who are able to comment on your academic achievements, research potential and your professional goals. We ask that you input your recommender's information into the online application and they will be prompted to submit their letters electronically. This method allows you to efficiently monitor and follow up with your recommenders. If your recommenders are having difficulty with the submission form, they can email their letter of recommendation directly to us at Please note that recommendations MUST be on professional letterhead and come from the recommender's company or university email address. Recommendations received outside of these requirements will be subject to further review and asked to be resubmitted in order to meet our requirements.

    Mailing Address for Application Materials

    Mailing Address

    (For all application documents. Please note that this is our document processing center in Pennsylvania):
    NYU Tandon School of Engineering
    Graduate Admissions Processing Center
    458 Pike Road
    Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

    Special Notes from the Office of Graduate Admissions

    • 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.
    • All graduate programs at NYU Tandon School of Engineering are considered STEM Programs based on the government classification (CIP codes) and are available for the STEM OPT extension. The STEM OPT extension is a 24-month period of temporary training that directly relates to an F-1 student's program of study in an approved STEM field. Eligible F-1 students with STEM degrees who finish their program of study and participate in an initial period of regular 12-month post-completion OPT have to option to apply for this extension for a total OPT period of 36 months. More information on STEM OPT at NYU.

    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.

    Deferring an Offer of Admission

    Deferral requests will not be accepted or permitted. Candidates who have applied to a 2021 start term and were admitted, but did not attend, may choose to re-apply to their desired start term. Those pursuing this option are encouraged to submit updated documents with their new application. Certain documents may be moved from the previous application at the candidate’s request. Application fee waivers may be provided if requested by the candidate.