Educational ProgramsCUSP Application Guide

Our application for Fall 2018 entry is now available! Please click here to begin your online application.


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.

Learn more about NYU CUSP by attending an information session, watching our February 2017 Admissions Webinar, or contacting us with any questions.

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CUSP Admissions

For questions regarding the application process or available programs:
Phone: +1-646-997-0500

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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.

Fee Deadline Date
$120 Early Admission December 15, 2017
$120 Regular Admission February 15, 2018
$120 Final Deadline April 15, 2018
Degree Load Credits Length
MS Full-time 30 1 Year
MS Part-time 30 2 Years
Adv. Certificate Part-time 12 1 Year


Application Components

Navigate to NYU CUSP’s Application System. If you are starting an application for the first time, please click “Create an Account.” You will be prompted to enter your name, birthdate, and email address.

A temporary pin will be sent to your email address from CUSP Admissions. Please click on the activation link in your email and enter the temporary pin. You will then be directed to create a new password.

After creating a password, please click “Start New Application.”

If you have already started an application, your application should appear under “Application Management.” Click on your application to continue.

Once you have created an account with NYU CUSP’s Application System, click “Open Application.” You will then be directed to the Application Information section.

You will then be required to select a program (Master’s or Advanced Certificate) and the academic load (full-time or part-time).

Please Note: International students who require a student visa may only select the Master’s program and a full-time academic load.

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 their passports.

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 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.

Answer each of the additional questions in this section.

Click “Add Institution” for each postsecondary schools (college/university) that you’ve attended or are currently attending. Once you have located that institution, indicate dates attended, level of study (either undergraduate or graduate), degree type, date degree was conferred or is expected, major, and GPA.

Then, 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.

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, click on “add test.” Select the appropriate test type (GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS) and enter your scores in this selection. If you must submit more than one type, click “save” and add a new test.

You must also provide a copy of your score report(s) in the Uploads section.

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.

All Master’s degree candidates are required to provide a copy of their score report in the upload section of the application.

GRE Scores

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.

GMAT Scores

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:

  1. Candidates with a completed master’s degree in engineering, physics, mathematics, statistics, or computer science/programming
  2. 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 to confirm your eligibility. Upon approval, you may 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 of the application.

Click to download the Fall 2018 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.

TOEFL Scores

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.

IELTS Scores

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 “add employer.”

You must also provide a copy of your resume in the Uploads 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.

Please 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.

Registering Recommenders
  1. Log on to the online application and access the recommendation section.
  2. Click “Add Recommender.”
  3. 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 result in the system failing.
  4. 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.
  5. Click on the “Send to Recommendor” 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 NYU CUSP in their inbox.
  6. To add additional recommenders, click on “Add Recommender” and then follow steps 1-5 above.


Please Note: 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: All files should be in a PDF format.


Upload a copy of your Resume or CV. Resumes should be roughly one page long.

Supplemental Questions

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.

  1. How has your academic/professional background prepared you to join the MS program in Applied Urban Science and Informatics?
  2. How will the MS in Applied Urban Science and Informatics influence your future career or professional goals?
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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 4.1 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 4.3 to determine whether you must provide TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Personal Essay and Publications or Academic Work (Optional)

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.