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 online courses or work experience.

We are looking for people from ALL disciplines who would like to apply their quantitative skills to pressing social issues. We recommend that applicants have some familiarity with:

  • Single-variable calculus
  • Basic programming (Python and R)
  • Statistics and probability
  • Geographic information systems and spatial analytics
  • Basic computer science

There are many free online courses that our students take to augment or refresh their technical skills in these topics before applying. We suggest the following free online courses:

NYU Bridge to Tandon Program: a STEM Preparatory Course

Created for individuals with non-engineering backgrounds, the program provides you the tools needed to be admitted into select graduate-level programs at the School of Engineering.

A Bridge to NYU Tandon is a uniquely designed program to give individuals lacking a STEM background a gateway into the Applied Urban Science and Informatics MS program. Whether you are transitioning your career or looking to refresh your knowledge, this course will ensure a seamless start into your graduate career.

Learn more and apply here.

Admissions Requirements

Please see our Application Guide for help submitting the admissions requirements in your application.

  • A US bachelors degree or equivalent (as verified by WES or ECE) from an accredited university
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • GRE or GMAT score (may be waived for some candidates; please see our Application Guide for more information)
  • International Students Only: TOEFL score, IELTS score OR Duolingo English Test 
  • Resume or CV
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Essay questions

Applicants Impacted by the Coronavirus

If you are impacted by the closure of testing sites for the GRE, GMAT, IELTS, and/or TOEFL exams due to the Coronavirus, you may submit your application for consideration now and submit your scores at a later date. We will consider your application for admission without these scores. In place of an official score report in the application, please upload a PDF document indicating you have been impacted by the testing site closures.

NYU CUSP is committed to safeguarding our community’s health and safety while also pursuing our academic and research mission. In accordance with the guidelines set by New York University, the City of New York, and New York State, we have taken the following steps to protect our community’s safety during this unprecedented time:

  • Classes: All classes held at CUSP through the Summer 2020 term will be held remotely.
  • Faculty, Staff, and Researchers: All non-essential employees have been advised to telework until further notice.
  • Current Applicants and Admitted Students: We will continue to work with students on a case by case basis throughout the admissions process. Admitted students who would like to extend their deposit deadlines are able to do so through August 1st. Should you have any questions about the admissions process or extending your deposit deadline, please reach out to Kristin Feliz at kf50@nyu.edu.

While we are optimistic that the Fall 2020 semester will proceed with in-person instruction as planned, we understand that we are facing very unique circumstances that will mandate flexibility with regards to registration, course delivery, international student visas, and other logistics. The safety of our students is our top priority and, should the need arise, we are prepared to make the necessary adjustments to ensure the continuity of the student experience. Because a return to normality can take some time, we are planning to offer several remote learning options for those who cannot join us on campus this fall.

Again, we are fully committed to the health and safety of our students and the NYU community. Our team is here to support you in any way we can during this time of uncertainty.

Admissions Deadlines

Admissions decisions are released 4-6 weeks after each admissions deadline.

DECEMBER 15

Early Admissions Deadline

FEBRUARY 15

Regular Admissions Deadline

APRIL 15

Final Admissions Deadline

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