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Graduate Admissions FAQs-Application Process

All candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent degree from an accredited college or university are invited to apply to an NYU-SCPS master’s degree or graduate certificate program. For more information about required application components, please visit Admissions Criteria.

The following components are required for submission in order to complete a master’s degree or a graduate certificate application:

  • A complete online application
  • A current résumé
  • A personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • International students also are required to submit TOEFL scores and, if requested, an evaluation of foreign credentials to verify transcript equivalency to the U.S. educational system.
  • A $150 application fee

Standardized test scores such as the GRE, GMAT, or LSAT are not required upon submission of an application. However, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to request a test score for additional review of academic potential.

For additional details, please see Admissions Criteria.

For international students, the following components are required for submission in order to complete a master’s degree or a graduate certificate application:

  • A complete online application
  • A current résumé
  • A personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • If requested, an evaluation of foreign credentials to confirm the equivalency of an international degree
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores for applicants who did not complete an undergraduate degree in the United States or in a country where the only primary language is English. The IELTS may be submitted in place of the TOEFL.
  • A $150 application fee

Note: Applicants who require an F-1 visa, are not eligible to apply for graduate certificate programs.

Standardized test scores such as the GRE, GMAT, or LSAT are not required upon submission of an application. However, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to request a test score for additional review of academic potential.

For additional details, please see Admissions Criteria.

Students who have previously attended a graduate program at NYU-SCPS and who have been out of school for one academic year are required to reapply online. The academic program evaluates the application for readmission, and the applicant will be notified by mail.

Because the Office of Admissions operates on a rolling admissions basis, applications are reviewed throughout the year, so you may apply at any time. However, we recommend adhering to the application submission dates listed below. This will allow you to begin your studies during the term in which you applied.

Recommended Graduate Application Submission Dates

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
International Early Decision: Feb 1 International Early Decision: Aug 15 International Early Decision: Jan 15
International Final Date: May 15 International Final Date: Oct 1 International Final Date: Mar 1
Domestic Early Decision: Feb 1 Domestic Early Decision: Oct 15 Domestic Early Decision: Feb 15
Domestic Final Date: Aug 1 Domestic Final Date: Dec 15 Domestic Final Date: May 1

In accordance with the NYU policy of becoming an environmentally sustainable institution, NYU-SCPS recommends that all applicants apply online. We encourage you to upload supporting documents using the same online system. You may send any other printed supporting documents to: 

NYU-SCPS Office of Admissions
7 East 12th Street, Suite 921
New York, NY 10003

To request an application fee waiver, please submit a written request to scps.gradadmissions@nyu.edu, detailing why you wish to be considered for the waiver. Additionally, you must submit financial documentation that demonstrates your financial hardship. Your request must be e-mailed prior to you submitting your application, not after submission and payment. The application fee is waived for U.S. veterans as long as they can provide documentation that indicates their service.

The Admissions Committee begins issuing admission decisions for the fall term in March, for the spring term in August, and for the summer term in January. Fall applicants who submit a complete application by February 1 are guaranteed an admission decision by March 15. Admission decisions for fall applications received or completed after February 1 will be issued after April 15. Applications received thereafter for the fall term will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and decisions are typically rendered within two to three weeks of receipt of a complete application. Admission decisions for summer and spring applications are typically made within two to three weeks after the Admissions Committee has begun the review process for your intended term of entry.

The Office of Admissions provides written decisions only and will not release a decision over the telephone.

All applicants who apply online are able to view their admission status using our online system. The Office of Admissions sends an e-mail acknowledgment to all applicants upon receipt of an application. Instructions for checking your admission status are included in this acknowledgment e-mail.

The status check in the online application is not automatically updated when your application is submitted. If you have just submitted your application, the Office of Admissions has not yet been able to process it and match it to any credentials submitted with your online application or received separately. The status check will be updated as your application is processed and will clearly indicate if your application is still being processed. It also will indicate if any documents are missing.

You may apply to a graduate program during your last term of undergraduate study. If you are admitted, you will be required to submit an official transcript conferring your undergraduate degree within your first semester of study.

Yes. In order to conduct a complete and holistic review of an application, the Office of Admissions needs to evaluate transcripts from all institutions previously attended.

Official transcripts must be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the address below in a sealed envelope. The envelope(s) may be mailed directly by the institution(s) at which you studied or they may be delivered by you to the Office of Admissions.

The Office of Admissions will review applications accompanied by unofficial copies of transcripts. You may submit unofficial copies to our office via fax or e-mail or by uploading them to your online application. If you are admitted, we must receive official transcripts within your first semester of study.

NYU-SCPS Office of Admissions
Fax: (212) 995-4674
E-mail: scps.gradadmissions@nyu.edu

Official letters of recommendation can be mailed to the Office of Admissions at the address below in a sealed envelope. Additionally, if the applicant applies online, the recommendation provider has the option of uploading their recommendation using the online application system. We do not accept official letters of recommendation via e-mail or fax.

NYU-SCPS Office of Admissions
7 East 12th Street, Suite 921
New York, NY 10003

NYU-SCPS does not require standardized test scores, such as the GRE, the GMAT, or the LSAT. However, you may choose to submit test scores as further testament of your graduate school preparation. Additionally, we reserve the right to request a test score for additional review of academic potential. If such a request is made from the Office of Admissions, the submission of these scores becomes a requirement for the application.

Applicants who did not complete an undergraduate degree in the United States or in a country where the only primary language is English, are required to submit TOEFL scores. The IELTS test score report may be submitted in place of the TOEFL.

Standardized test scores from ETS (either for the GRE or theTOEFL) can be sent to us using our school code, 2557. If you are submitting a GMAT test score, you may submit your score to the “NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies.”

Although standardized test scores are not required for admission (except for the TOEFL for international students), should you wish to submit them, our preference is for the GRE or the GMAT test scores, although we will accept scores from the LSAT.

Applicants who did not complete an undergraduate degree in the United States or in a country where the only primary language is English and whose native language is not English, are required to submit TOEFL scores. The Office of Admissions will not accept scores that are older than two years. The IELTS test score report may be submitted in place of the TOEFL.

The Office of Admissions requires all applicants who have not earned their entire four-year undergraduate degree in the United States or in a country where English is the only primary language to submit TOEFL scores. If you would like an exemption from this policy, please submit your request in writing, detailing why the waiver should be granted. Typically, the Admissions Committee must have all other components of your application to make a determination on a TOEFL waiver.

Recommendations can come from either academic or professional sources. If the applicant has not been in an academic setting for several years, professional recommendations can be submitted. The Office of Admissions does not accept recommendations from friends or family members. We encourage you to share some information with your recommendation providers about the program to which you are applying, so they can tailor their recommendation appropriately.

To reach a representative from the NYU-SCPS Office of Admissions, please call (212) 998-7100 or e-mail scps.gradadmissions@nyu.edu. Additionally, we can arrange a one-on-one meeting with an admissions counselor if requested. Walk-in visitors are welcome from Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

NYU-SCPS Office of Admissions
7 East 12th Street, Suite 921
New York, NY, 10003

For details about all the ways in which you can connect with us, see Request Information.

The NYU-SCPS Office of Admissions hosts a number of events throughout the year in conjunction with our academic departments that are designed to provide prospective students with up-to-date and detailed information about our programs, the admissions process, financial aid, and more.

These events are a great way to connect with faculty members, students, alumni, and admissions counselors and to get a feel for the NYU-SCPS graduate student experience. Events are held in many different formats and in a variety of locations.

For an up-to-date event schedule, please visit Admissions Events.

If the program already is filled for the term of your choice when your application is received, or if your application is incomplete, an admissions counselor will be in contact with you and will offer to either move your application to the next available term or to withdraw your application from review. An applicant is never denied admission if the application is received late or if the program has filled. If the individual qualifies for admission, he/she will be accommodated during the next semester the program runs.

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Return to the application portal where you received your decision. You will see a link to complete your Candidate’s Response Form. Complete this form and print the payment voucher. Mail the payment voucher and your check or money order, payable to New York University, to:

Office of Admissions
New York University–School of Continuing and Professional Studies
7 East 12th Street, Suite 921
New York, New York 10003

You will then be contacted by your academic advisor regarding registering for courses.

If you are unable to print the payment voucher, you can still submit your deposit. Mail your check or money order, payable to New York University, and a cover letter indicating your name, student ID number (N Number), and the program to which you are admitted to:

Office of Admissions
New York University–School of Continuing and Professional Studies
7 East 12th Street, Suite 921
New York, New York 10003

You may defer your acceptance for up to one year. Please complete the online Candidate Response Form indicating your deferral and submit your deposit to secure your place in the program. Then send an e-mail to scps.deferral@nyu.edu to request your deferral. Be sure to include the following:

  • Your full name
  • Your Student ID (N Number)
  • Program of study
  • Date your tuition deposit was sent
  • Semester to which you would like to defer