Admissions Requirements | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Admissions Requirements

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General Requirements

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

Attention will be given to programs accredited/approved by ABET and other regional accrediting associations. Please be advised that admission to a program 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.

Application Requirements

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

Mailing Address*

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

*For all application documents. Note that this is our document processing center in Pennsylvania.

The requirements below are for all applicants except Cyber Fellows; Refer to Cyber Fellows application requirements

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.

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. Once submitted, we are unable to return your application materials or documents. If you wish to submit updated documentation, please email us so we can advise on the best way to submit it.

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

The non-refundable application fee is $90 and is payable online 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, 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

As part of your application, you are expected to respond, in writing, to two prompts. A response to both prompts is required. This is an opportunity for you to give us a stronger sense of who you are, as a person. Your essay should be as unique as you are and should be written using your voice. Include each prompt as the header for each of your two responses. When finished, combine your response to both prompts into one PDF and upload it to the application. Your total essay upload should be in 12 pt, Arial font and no more than two pages, double-spaced, in length.

Prompt 1: Drawing from your previous academic, professional and personal experiences, tell us what attracted you to the program of study you have noted in your application. Be very specific about your past experiences and how they shaped your interests.

Prompt 2: Students often have a wide range of ideas and plans for what they hope to achieve after they receive their graduate degree. Tell us what your 5-year plan is after completing a degree from NYU Tandon.

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

For admissions review, we will accept copies of your official transcript and proof of undergraduate degree (if completed) uploaded to your application or emailed to us at Screenshots or student portal downloads will not be accepted or used in your application review. We require transcripts from all institutions attended.

If you are offered admission, we will require official final transcripts sent to our office directly from your undergraduate institution to finalize your admission, before 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 uploaded or scanned copies of your official 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.
  • Indian students finishing the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) after Grade 10 may choose to enter a polytechnic and pursue a three-year Diploma in Engineering program. Should they then seek admission into a Bachelor of Engineering (BEngr) or Bachelor of Technology (BTech) program at a university, they will be placed in Year 2 of that four-year program with the prior Diploma study providing transfer credit equivalent to the first year of degree studies. Thus, a graduate applicant must submit marksheets and diploma for the Diploma in Engineering program in addition to the bachelor's degree credential.
  • 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. We do not accept credential evaluation reports like WES, ECE, etc. in place of your original transcripts. Failure to submit the correct documentation will delay the processing of your application. Please submit only the official transcripts and translations.

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). The name and date of birth on your test scores must match the name and date of birth on your application, in order for us to receive your scores correctly. Learn more about the GRE exam on the ETS website.

ETS offers at-home testing for the GRE. Please visit their website here for more information and to see if you are eligible for this option: ETS GRE General Test - Home Edition.

    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 name and date of birth on your test scores must match the name and date of birth on your application, in order for us to receive your scores correctly.

    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 125 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 New York University Tandon School of Engineering.

    TOEFL, IELTS, CAE, Duolingo 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 offers at-home testing for the TOEFL. Please visit their website here for more information and to see if you are eligible for this option: TOEFL iBT Home Edition

    Applicants may request a waiver of English Language Proficiency Testing for special cases by submitting a waiver request form. If you have only 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. If you have attended both a US school and a school outside of the US, please submit a waiver. 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 recommendations; 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 complete a recommendation form electronically. Additionally, there is an option to submit a recommendation letter along with the recommendation form. The letter is optional and not required. Please note that if the optional recommendation letter is submitted, it MUST be on professional letterhead and come from the recommender's company or university email address. Recommendation letters 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*

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

    *For all application documents. (This is our document processing center in Pennsylvania).

    Please note that application documents sent to the NYU Tandon Graduate Admissions Processing Center can not be returned to you.

    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.
    • 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 and were admitted to a specific term, but did not attend or are unable to attend, may choose to re-apply to their desired start term after withdrawing their admission. 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.