Master's Program Admissions

Special Note Regarding Fall 2017 Admissions: The Computer Science Department's Admissions Committee will not begin reviewing Fall 2017 applications until after the deadline. Decisions should be made by mid-April. Due to the volume of applicants, we are unable to give you the status of your application or tell you if your application is complete. However, you can check if your application is complete within the application, or on the SMTS website.

Submitting your application online

To apply, you must use our online application. When using the online application, you can submit all materials electronically.

The online procedure is user-friendly; however, if you have any questions regarding the application process, please view the Application Resource Center's frequently-asked questions.

Note: You must arrange with the Educational Testing Services (ETS) to electronically submit GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores (if necessary) to our Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS). Our institution code for the GRE and TOEFL is 2596. You do not need to use a special department code for the GRE. For IELTS, contact your test center directly and request that your test scores be sent electronically to New York University, Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York, NY. An institutional code is not required. The GMAT and LSAT will not be accepted as a substitute for the GRE.

If you are required to take the TOEFL, this examination requires you to list a department code that is most appropriate for your field of study or you can simply use code 99. However, do not use code 00 and do not leave this field blank. We will not receive your test scores if you report it this way.

To expedite the processing of your application, you may include the unofficial copies of your results on these tests. However, we must receive the official scores from ETS before the admissions deadline.

Applicants should note the following:

  1. Students with a BA/BS degree may apply directly to the PhD program.
  2. There is no NYU or departmental based financial support for master's students.
  3. GRE scores are required for all but non-degree applications.

GSAS admissions deadlines

Program Spring Fall
MSCS October 1st March 1st
MSIS October 1st March 1st

The admissions evaluation process

All regulations governing admission to the Graduate School of Arts and Science must be met by all those seeking admission to graduate study in computer science. In particular, students must have an accredited baccalaureate degree or its equivalent.

The following items are required:

  • A completed application, including a Statement of Academic Purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores for all programs (GMAT or LSAT will not be accepted)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for any student whose native language or medium of undergraduate instruction is not English
  • A resume or CV of your work experience

Successful applicants to the MS program in Computer Science will generally have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Strong GRE Quantitative and Analytical scores. (Typical acceptable scores are near 160 for the quantitative section or 4.0 or better on the new Analytical Writing section.)
  • Positive, specific recommendations.
  • Strong grades in relevant courses.
  • TOEFL, if required, above 620 (paper) or 260 (computer), or 100 (TOEFLI)
  • IELTS, if required, minimum band score of 7.0

MSIS applicants generally need the following to be admitted:

  1. Exams:
    • Strong GRE Quantitative and Analytical scores. (Typical acceptable scores are near 160 for the quantitative section or 4.0 or better on the new Analytical Writing section.)
    • TOEFL, if required, above 620 (paper) or 260 (computer), or 100 (TOEFLI)
    • IELTS, if required, minimum band score of 7.0
  2. Grades:
    • Some As and all Bs or better in business, engineering and science courses at most recent school; higher grades expected from less selective institutions
  3. Recommendations:
    • Strong recommendations from professor(s) and employer(s)
  4. Work experience:
    • At least one year full-time experience in a demanding position
    • Evidence of leadership and management potential
    • Evidence of ability to excel professionally in a corporation
  5. Computer science:
    • Evidence of ability to excel in graduate courses in computer science
  6. English:
    • Evidence of ability to communicate effectively in writing and speech in graduate school and American corporations

The minimum prerequisite background for admission to the MS program consists of:

  1. Languages: Deep working knowledge of C and familiarity with object-oriented concepts and work with some object-oriented language such as Java or C++.
  2. Data structures and mathematics: Understanding and working knowledge of pointers, lists, stacks, queues, trees, arrays and recursion; induction, order of magnitude growth, probability and elementary combinatorics, set notation.
  3. Working familiarity with windows and Unix.
  4. Knowledge of assembly language (e.g. Intel or Motorola) sufficient to understand self-modifying code.

Promising students who do not have this background will be conditionally admitted with the provision that they complete the one year preparatory course (PAC). Students without adequate mathematical training should take Discrete Mathematics, which is offered in the summer only.

Where to Get Further Information

For general admissions inquiries for the PhD and MS programs, including troubleshooting the online application:

For admissions inquiries specific to the MS in Computer Science or Information Systems:

For information regarding open houses for prospective Master's students