Educational ProgramsCUSP Application Guide
Thank you for considering NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress for your graduate studies.
Your academic and professional experience need not be in a field directly linked to cities and urban issues. It is more important that you can demonstrate rigorous prior academic training and a passion for applying analytical skills to problem-solving in an urban context.
In addition to a strong academic record and test scores, successful applicants typically have an undergraduate or masters degree in science, mathematics, engineering, or in the social sciences, along with the aptitude and inspiration to apply quantitative and mathematics skills to the betterment of urban life. In the past, we have also had competitive applicants who have obtained these skills through significant work experience.
For questions regarding the application process or available programs:
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Academic Plan, Deadlines and Fees
The application fee schedule is as follows. You will be prompted to pay the application fee before submitting the application. You can do so online using most major credit cards. If you have trouble submitting your payment via credit card, please contact the Office of Admissions.
The length of your degree program will vary based on your academic load, full-time or part-time, and the number of credits in which you are enrolled during each semester.
|$120||Regular Fee||April 15, 2017|
|Adv. Certificate||Part-time||12||1 Year|
This section outlines application requirements and contains more detailed instructions for completing each section of the online application.
Please save your work regularly.
The preferred file type for all uploads is PDF. Windows and Mac operating systems have built-in functionality for converting to PDF. If you have trouble using one of the following methods, use Google or another search engine to find a web-based converter, such as PDF Converter.
Windows: Using Microsoft Word, go to File > Save as Adobe PDF
Mac: From the menu, select Print > Print Options > Print as PDF > Save As
If you have questions regarding the application process or available programs, please contact the Office of Admissions.
Office of Admissions NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress
1 MetroTech Center, 19th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please contact ITS. ITS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Once you have created an account with New York University’s Online Admissions Application System, you will be directed to the Application Information section. To create a new application, click ‘Start New Application’. If you are updating a saved application, click ‘Edit’ to continue your application.
You are required to select a Program, either Masters or Advanced Certificate; an Admit Type or the degree you would hold upon entering the program in Fall of 2017, entering with a Graduate or Undergraduate degree; and the academic load, Full-Time or Part-Time.
Please note that the personal information you type here will appear on all future correspondence from NYU (i.e. all lower or upper case formatting and abbreviations will be retained).
International students must spell first names and surnames exactly as they appear on the passport.
To navigate through the application, use the << previous and next >> buttons at the bottom of the page or the page links at the right.
Please note that the contact information you type here will appear on all future correspondence from NYU (i.e. all lower or upper case formatting and abbreviations will be retained).
Email: The email you type here will be our primary contact address for you. Be sure to provide an address that you check frequently. You may use an @nyu.edu email for this part of the application.
Address: For international students, your permanent address also serves as your “foreign” address. US law mandates that you provide a foreign address in order to receive a student visa.
Upload a scanned PDF transcript from every postsecondary school (college/university) you have attended, including but not limited to:
- postsecondary institutions you transferred to/from, or from which you have partially completed a degree
- postsecondary institutions that have awarded you a degree
- postsecondary institutions that will award you a degree
Please note that you may upload an unofficial or student-reported transcript at this time. You will be required to send an official transcript upon acceptance to the program.
International Students: Please note that admitted international students who have completed their secondary education outside of the US will be required to submit an official WES or ECE transcript evaluation. International students may submit an unofficial transcript without the transcript evaluation to apply.
General Information Add a new ‘School Information’ record for postsecondary schools (college/university) that you’ve attended or are currently attending–if you did not or will not receive a degree from a particular institution, you do not need to add it to this section. Indicate the level of study (either undergraduate or graduate) and dates of attendance. Select the appropriate degree status, for example select ‘in progress’ if you are still in school, or ‘complete’ if you have received the degree. If you have never received or will not receive a degree you do not need to add it to this section.
Search for School If you have trouble locating your school/institution using the ‘Look Up Search for School’ feature, change the ‘Description’ field parameter via the dropdown arrow to ‘Contains’ and type in part of the school’s name. For example if you type in ‘New York’, you will get a comprehensive list of institutions with ‘New York’ in the name. Names within the institution directory can vary. Some names are fully spelled out and some are abbreviated. For Example: most schools and colleges within New York University start with ‘NYU’. Please try full names and any known abbreviations for your institution. If you cannot find your school select the ‘Can’t Find School?‘ link and complete the requested fields.
Notes on Transcripts You are required to upload one transcript (translated into English, if necessary) from every postsecondary school (college/university) which has awarded or will award you a degree to the online application. Web printout of an unofficial transcript is acceptable.
See the test scores sections 5.1, 5.2, and 5.3 below for more information on submitting English language proficiency or submitting/waiving GRE or GMAT scores.
If you are required to submit scores you must select the appropriate ‘Test ID’ (GRE, GMAT, TOEFL or IELTS) and enter your scores in this section. If you must submit more than one type, click the plus + button to add a new row.
You must also provide a copy of your score report(s) in the Uploads section.
All applicants are required to upload a document under the ‘Copy of GRE or GMAT Scores’ attachment type.
Master’s degree candidates are required to submit a standardized test score: the GMAT or GRE. To submit scores, you must select the appropriate Test ID (GRE, GMAT, TOEFL or IELTS) and enter your scores there. You may submit both the GRE and GMAT if you prefer; to submit more than one type, click the plus + button to add a new row.
Please note: Advanced Certificate applicants are not required to submit a GRE or GMAT score. Please see the section ‘Waiving GRE or GMAT’ for further instructions.
Waiving Test Scores: See the section ‘Waiving GRE or GMAT’ for further instructions.
You must upload a copy of your score report in the Uploads section. Please use the print functionality in your My GRE Account to print a copy of your official score report.
Use ETS Institution Code 0846 to submit your GRE scores to CUSP electronically.
GRE scores are valid for 5 years. The GRE must be taken again if your GRE scores are older than 5 years. Visit the GRE website for more information on the exam.
Use Pearson Vue institution code 5TF-PN to submit your GMAT scores to CUSP electronically.
GMAT scores are valid for 5 years. The GMAT must be taken again if your GMAT scores are older than 5 years. Visit the Pearson Vue website for more information on the exam.
The GRE or GMAT is required. This requirement may be waived for the following candidates:
- Candidates with a completed master’s degree in engineering, physics, mathematics, statistics, or computer science/programming
- Candidates with at least five years of work experience in a data analytics/management capacity
If you believe you qualify for a GRE or GMAT waiver, please contact Kristin Feliz at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your eligibility. Upon approval, you may then complete the following form and save it as a PDF. Then, upload your PDF in place of a GRE or GMAT score report within the Uploads section.
Click to download the Fall 2017 GRE or GMAT Waiver.
International students are required to submit either TOEFL or IELTS results as proof of English language proficiency. This is mandatory for all applicants whose native language is NOT English and/or did not receive the equivalent of a four year U.S. undergraduate education from an institution where English is the official language of instruction. Applicants holding or completing a graduate degree from an English speaking institution are still required to submit a TOEFL if your graduate education was LESS THAN four years in duration at an institution where English was the official language of instruction. This requirement cannot be waived.
You must submit your official TOEFL scores to CUSP electronically using ETS Institution Code 3345.
You must also upload a copy of your score report in the Uploads section. An unofficial web printout or screenshot is acceptable.
TOEFL scores are valid for 5 years. The TOEFL must be taken again if your TOEFL scores are older than 5 years. Visit the TOEFL website for more information on the exam.
A copy of your score IELTS score must be uploaded into the online application under the Uploads section. A web printout or screenshot is acceptable.
Visit the IELTS website for more information about the exam.
Please provide your employment history, beginning with your most recent position. To add ‘Employment Information’ records, click the plus + button on the right.
You must also provide a copy of your resume in the Uploads section.
Answer each of the additional questions in this section.
You must provide two Letters of Recommendation. Letters should come from individuals who can assess your qualifications and potential for graduate study. We ask that you register your recommenders in our online application system. Once registered, your recommenders will be able to submit their letters electronically. This method allows you to efficiently monitor and follow up with your recommenders. Note: Once registered your recommenders can submit their online recommendation either before or after you submit your application. It is your responsibility to ensure your recommendations are received by the stated deadline.
- Log on to the online application
- Select the Recommendation Details
- Select whether or not you wish to waive your rights* to examine the letter of recommendation submitted. We highly recommend you discuss with your recommender what you plan to select before making a decision. In the past we have seen recommenders refuse to proceed with submitting a recommendation for an applicant when applicants select “No” to waiving their rights.
- Input the Recommender’s information in the fields provided. Please make sure the email address is accurate. Provide only one email address in the email address field, any attempts to provide more than one email address will results in the system failing.
- Select the Send Email button. An email will be immediately sent to the recommender. At this point, the applicant can inform their recommender that they should have an email from [email@example.com] in their inbox.
- To add additional recommenders please select the + plus button in the upper right corner, then follow steps 1-6 above.
The system will only allow a maximum of two letters of recommendation.
*Waiving your right of access
You can waive or not waive your right of access to letters of recommendation. Once you have made a selection via the online application, it cannot be changed.
If you are considering NOT waiving your right of access to your letters of recommendation, we strongly urge that you discuss this matter with your potential recommenders.
Please be advised even if you do not waive your right of access to letters of recommendation, you may only see your recommendations if you are or have been in attendance at NYU CUSP.
Please note: File extensions should be in lowercase (ex: ‘.pdf’ and not ‘.PDF’). File sizes should be less than 5MB.
Instructions for uploading documents:
- Click the blue ‘Upload’ link. A popup will appear with the options to Browse and Upload.
- Click the ‘Browse’ button, select appropriate file then click ‘Open’. You will be taken back to the upload box. Make sure that the correct filename is displayed.
- Click ‘Upload’ to proceed or click on the ‘Cancel’ button to cancel the document upload.
After a successful upload, the filename will appear as a hyperlink. Click the link to preview the uploaded file. You may need to disable your pop-up blocker in order to preview.
To delete a file that has been uploaded, click the ‘trash can’ icon to the right of the file name. When prompted, click ‘OK’ to proceed or click ‘Cancel’.
Upload a copy of your Resume or CV. Resumes should be roughly one page long.
In a single document, please provide a response to three (3) out of five (5) of the following questions. Each response should be one to two paragraphs, or 250 words. The total length of your responses should be no more than three pages.
Please mark your response with the appropriate question number and upload as a PDF.
- How has your academic / professional background prepared you to join the MS program in Applied Urban Science and Informatics?
- How will the MS in Applied Urban Science and Informatics influence your future career or professional goals?
- Would you consider your background to be more policy-oriented or technically-oriented? Please describe how you feel your policy or technical background will influence your studies at NYU CUSP.
- Describe a major challenge faced by cities today that has affected you personally. How do you feel the MS in Applied Urban Science and Informatics will prepare you to solve this problem?
- Urban Informatics is a new and emerging field. What impact do you feel it will have on cities in the future?
Copy of GMAT or GRE Scores
See section 5.1 to determine whether you must provide GRE or GMAT scores. You must upload a copy of your score report in the Uploads section. A web printout or screenshot is acceptable.
Copy of TOEFL or IELTS Scores
International students are required to submit either TOEFL or IELTS results as proof of English language proficiency. See section 5.3 to determine whether you must provide TOEFL or IELTS scores.
Publications or Academic Work
Upload samples of your relevant academic work. This could include a dissertation, thesis, publication or an academic paper.
Providing samples of your academic work is optional and is not required. Submission or non-submission will be considered equally during the review process.
You are required to pay the application fee and validate your application before final submission. Please see the ‘Academic Plan, Deadlines And Fees’ section above for more information on deadlines and fees.
You can pay the application fee in the online system with most major credit cards. If you are having problems submitting your payment via credit card, please contact the Office of Admissions.
After submitting the application, you will receive a confirmation email. All applicants will receive a notification once the admissions committee has made a decision.