Graduate Admissions Criteria

The NYU School of Professional Studies Office of Admissions carefully weighs each component of your application during the admissions review process. We use this approach to evaluate your ability to benefit from and contribute to the dynamic learning environment and the challenging curriculum that the School offers.

The following criteria will help you to better understand the admissions process and the types of information that are required to be submitted to the Office of Admissions in addition to your completed online application.

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Personal Statement

Evaluated for evidence of an applicant’s motivation for admission and fit for the program. Key indicators include:

  • Demonstrable progress in your academic and/or professional career
  • Clearly articulated goals and objectives that align with the mission of the program


Evaluated for experience and skills, which would allow for academic and professional success. We consider the following when assessing your field-related experience:

  • Professional experience—either full-time or part-time job in the industry or relevant internship(s)
  • Career changers also are evaluated for the transferrable skills they have developed in their current profession
  • Public service engagements
  • Professional associations/affiliations

Standardized Tests

Specifically the GRE or GMAT, are not required upon submission of your application, however, submission of these test scores:

  • Is optional should you wish to provide further evidence of academic potential.
  • May be required for a thorough evaluation. The Admissions Committee therefore reserves the right to request a test score.

Note: Successful candidates have met the recommended combined score of 310 or 1100 on the GRE or 550 on the GMAT.

Recommendations (two letters)

Evaluated for evidence of potential success during your course of study at the NYU School of Professional Studies and after graduation. Key indicators include:

  • Professional achievements
  • Contributions made on the job
  • Skills developed and knowledge acquired on the job as well as challenge areas
  • Professional and/or academic recommendations

Academic Background

Evaluated by reviewing your transcripts from all prior colleges and universities attended.
Performance in relevant course work is evaluated as well as achievement levels in your academic career.

Note: Successful candidates normally meet the recommended 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA.


Applicants submitting official transcripts will be given priority during the application process. Applicants submitting unofficial transcripts may be admitted, but will not be able to enroll until they submit official documents. Official transcripts must be submitted only via:

  • Electronic delivery from the undergraduate institution (i.e.,, Transcript Network Electronic Delivery)
  • Electronic delivery from the National Student Clearinghouse. (Institution must be listed on the NSC Electronic Exchange Registry)
  • Official paper document sent by the institution in a sealed, unopened envelope.


Are not required. However, the Admissions Committee may request an interview after reviewing your application. If you are invited for an interview, it will then be a required component of the application process.

Application Fee

Of $150 must be included with your application. The fee for an online application can only be paid by major credit card.

International Students

International students greatly enrich the NYUSPS learning community and are encouraged to apply. Additional criteria for international students include:

Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials

Each foreign transcript must be evaluated for equivalency to the US educational system for admission and transfer credit purposes. Evaluations are acceptable only from the following NACES accredited organizations.

  • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
  • Educational Perspectives, npf
  • Foreign Academic Credential Service, Inc.
  • Transcript Research
  • Span Tran
  • World Education (WES)

English Language Assessment

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Scores

TOEFL scores are required for applicants who did not complete an undergraduate degree in the United States or in a country where the only primary language is English. For the TOEFL, NYUSPS recommends that the applicant achieve a minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based test. For the IELTS, a minimum overall band score of at least 7 is recommended. NYUSPS does not prohibit applicants with lower TOEFL/IELTS scores from applying for admission since many factors influence the admissions decision. Some departments may set a higher standard for admission.

  • With the exception of students applying to programs in the Schack Institute of Real Estate and the Division of Programs in Business, students who score 100 or above on the TOEFL are not required to take the VEPT.
    Students applying to programs in the Schack Institute of Real Estate or the Division of Programs in Business must score 110 or above on the TOEFL in order to NOT be required to take the VEPT.
  • IELTS can be submitted in place of the TOEFL.

Pearson Versant English Placement Test (VEPT)

In addition to submitting TOEFL scores, if an international applicant has not achieved the minimum scores as described above, they are required to participate in the VEPT, a 50-minute, online test that evaluates English language proficiency. The Office of Admissions will evaluate your performance on the VEPT, along with your TOEFL/IELTS score, to determine your English proficiency to begin graduate studies; the fee to register for the test is $50.

Please review the VEPT Test Procedures for information on how to register for the test.

Please review the translated VEPT descriptions:

  • Thai
  • Traditional Chinese
  • Vietnamese
  • Note: If you are requesting an English Language Assessment waiver, do not submit your TOEFL score or register for the VEPT until you have received confirmation from the Admissions Office regarding your waiver request. VEPT waivers must be submitted in writing to after the application has been submitted.

    Please Note: The NYU School of Professional Studies reserves the right to request a TOEFL, IELTS, or English language assessment from a US citizen or permanent resident if their primary language is not English.