The courses of study at NYU Tandon School of Engineering are academically rigorous and intellectually challenging; therefore, admission is highly selective. Candidates for admission to graduate programs are evaluated by the department to which they apply.

Graduate Admissions

The Office of Graduate Enrollment Management and Admissions manages all graduate application requirements and processes for the Tandon School of Engineering and reserves the right to change requirements at any time in consultation with the Vice Dean for Academics. The guidelines and requirements in this Bulletin and on the Graduate Admissions website supersede graduate admissions information posted or referenced elsewhere.

To be eligible for consideration to any graduate program (MS or PhD) at NYU Tandon, an applicant must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or its international equivalent, which includes a minimum of four years of full-time undergraduate study. We do not accept undergraduate degrees that are equivalent to three years of study. However, Bachelor of Engineering degrees that are completed within the Bologna signatory system in related fields of study, and earn 180+ ECTS credits, are eligible for consideration. Please note that the minimum GPA requirement is a 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale. 

Admission Procedures

All applicants for graduate study must submit:

  • Graduate application and application fee submitted by published deadlines
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A Statement of Purpose
  • A resume/CV
  • Required official standardized test scores sent from testing organization(s)
  • Official transcripts from all previously-attended post-secondary institutions

Documents that must be mailed should be sent to:

NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Graduate Admissions Processing Center
458 Pike Road
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines for each semester are published on the Graduate Admissions website.

Graduate Admissions Examinations 

Find out if your program requires the GRE or GMAT here: GRE 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.

English Language Proficiency

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 Advanced English), Duolingo English Test or PTE (Pearson Test of English) 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) or
  2. Applicants whose first language is not English and/or who have not completed a bachelor's degree in the United States.

Applicants may request a waiver of English Language Proficiency Testing for special cases by submitting a waiver request form. See the Graduate Admissions website for more information.

Graduate Admission Status

Within the full-time and part-time classifications of graduate admission are three status groups: regular, conditional, and special.

Regular Status

An admitted graduate applicant who is adequately prepared to begin graduate studies is assigned regular admission status with no conditions to meet upon the recommendation of the major department's faculty.

Conditional Status

Conditional status is assigned to a graduate applicant who is required to demonstrate additional ability to pursue the program for which they applied. Conditions may include taking introductory level or undergraduate courses, providing proof of degree completion, or attaining a specified grade-point average. Conditional admission requirements take precedence over other university policies regarding academic status. Students who do not satisfy the conditions of their admission will be academically disqualified.

Visiting Student (Non-Matriculated) Status

Students may be enrolled as either visiting or non-degree students at the discretion of the department and with the approval of the Office of Graduate Academics. Such status allows visiting students to take courses with the intent of transferring their credits back to their home institution and for non-degree-seeking students to take courses for professional or personal development.

To qualify for visiting student status, applicants must provide a transcript indicating their enrollment in a graduate program at another accredited institution. Applicants must show that they are in good standing with the home institution. To qualify for non-degree status, applicants must show proof of a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0/4.0.

A maximum of 6 credits may be taken in one semester and no more than 9 credits may be taken, overall, as a visiting or non-degree student. If a student is subsequently admitted to a degree program at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, the courses taken while registered as a visiting or non-degree student are considered to have been taken in residence. Permission to take courses as a visiting or non-degree seeking student does not guarantee subsequent admission to a degree or certificate program. Students who have been denied admission to the NYU Tandon School of Engineering may not take (or continue to take) courses as a non-degree or visiting student.

For visiting and non-degree applications, GRE scores are not required and unofficial or official transcripts may be provided by the applicant. For students enrolled in a program at another institution, a letter from the student's adviser or department chair is sufficient to establish that they are in good standing. A copy of the transcript(s) must be appended to the visiting student registration form.


Students who previously attended the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, who have not attended for one or more semesters, and who did not receive an approved leave of absence must apply for readmission after consultation with the Office of Graduate Academics.