Transfer Policy | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Transfer Policy


Transfer Credits

Students may transfer a limited number of credits to meet the requirements for a master's or doctoral degree at Tandon School of Engineering if the graduate courses are:

  1. consistent with Tandon's residency requirements,
  2. completed with grades B or better,
  3. from accredited institutions,
  4. consistent with the curriculum in which the student is registered, and
  5. taken after receipt of a bachelor’s degree (with the exception of NYU undergraduate students–see below).

The student's major academic department evaluates graduate transfer credits. Credits submitted for transfer are subject to the rules and regulations regarding period of validity, discussed in a subsequent section. No transfer credit is permitted for graduate certificates.

Grades for transferred credits or courses are not recorded and do not affect the GPA for the graduate program at Tandon.

MS or ME students may transfer up to 9 credits. No project, thesis, dissertation, or guided studies/readings courses can be transferred.

Ph.D. students may transfer up to 48 credits of coursework. Transfer credits for the Ph.D. can include a 30-credit blanket transfer for a prior MS degree and additional courses not included in the prior MS that may be transferred individually. For the blanket 30-credit transfer, the prior MS need not be a 30-credit MS, so long as an MS degree (or equivalent) was granted and a copy of the degree and detailed transcripts are presented. Additional courses individually transferred cannot include project, thesis, dissertation, guided studies or readings, or special topics credits.

Graduate courses taken at NYU while students pursued an undergraduate degree at any NYU school may be applied subsequently to a graduate degree at Tandon, provided that they earned a grade of B or above and that the individual courses were not used to fulfill requirements for the undergraduate degree. Such courses are also subject to the 9-credit maximum transfer limitation for the MS degree, and the grades are not figured into the cumulative GPA for the graduate program. The policy includes exceptions for students enrolled in a joint BS/MS program with a study plan pre-approved by an academic adviser.


Period of Validity

More than undergraduate, graduate courses reflect the current state of the art in their respective fields. Thus, all courses taken more than 10 years before a request date for the transfer of credits are ineligible to be transferred individually to Tandon by the routine transfer process. The exceptions are approved articulations and administrative actions. The blanket 30-credit transfer into the Ph.D. program for an MS degree taken at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering or elsewhere is exempt from this period of validity and does not expire.


Transfer Credit Request for MS and Ph.D. Graduate Students

Students wishing to transfer credits must submit documentation to their academic adviser during their first semester of enrollment at Tandon. If the course(s) are approved by the departmental adviser, the department must submit an Internal Memo through the Registrar's Internal Memo Management System. The request will be reviewed by the Office of Graduate Academics, and, if approved, will receive a final evaluation by the Office of the Registrar before being noted on the student's transcript. The requested transfer credits must have been completed prior to being admitted to the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.