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Welcome to the NYU School of Professional Studies!

Our student body reflects the cultural diversity for which NYC and NYU are known. Every year, the NYU School of Professional Studies welcomes a diverse group of intellectually curious and highly motivated students from around the world, all of whom are at different stages of their academic journey and their professional career. From the recent graduate to the accomplished professional, NYU School of Professional Studies degrees provide students with theoretical and practical knowledge as well as the skills, the networking opportunities, and the academic support services that empower them to achieve their educational and professional goals and objectives.


Our admissions criteria is the same regardless of your citizenship. In addition to the admissions criteria, international students should also be aware of the following.

  • You must be able to demonstrate that you have completed the equivalent of a four-year U.S. undergraduate degree. This may be demonstrated on your undergraduate transcripts or may be accomplished by submitting your transcripts for an evaluation by an organization accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
  • Financial aid is limited for international students. However, international students may apply for merit-based, departmental scholarships after enrolling at the NYU School of Professional Studies. Once you arrive at the School, we encourage you to explore these opportunities.
  • If your undergraduate studies were taught in a language other than English, you are required to submit a TOEFL score report. The IELTS will be accepted in place of the TOEFL. In addition, international applicants are required to participate in an English language assessment consisting of an online test and an interview administered by the School's American Language Institute (ALI). Please refer to our English Language Assessment Waiver Policy for instructions on how to qualify for and request a test waiver.
    Note: If you are requesting an English Language Assessment waiver, do not submit your TOEFL score or register for the NYUSPS English exam until you have received confirmation from the Admissions Office regarding your waiver request.

Please Note: We will not honor a TOEFL waiver request after your application has been reviewed.

EducationUSA's Five Steps to US Study at the NYU School of Professional Studies

  1. Research your options—the NYU School of Professional Studies offers industry-specific graduate programs that reflect the latest industry trends and innovative business strategies.
  2. Complete your application—All students are required to complete the NYU School of Professional Studies online application and submit supporting documentation.
  3. Finance your studies—While financial aid at the NYU School of Professional Studies is limited, we have compiled a list of organizations that provide information about financial aid for international students who wish to study in the U.S.
    NAFSA International Scholarships
    International Student Loans FinAid
    Foundation Center Institute of International Education: Funding for U.S. Study
    International Education Financial Aid Peterson's Education Center
    U.S. Department of Education
  4. Apply for your student visa—Complete the I-20 application through the NYU Office of Global Services and secure your student visa.
  5. Prepare for your departure—Once you have your I-20, and before you leave your home country, you should secure housing. On-campus housing is limited, and most graduate students prefer to live within the tri-state (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) area. The NYU Student Resource Center can advise you about your search for off-campus housing.

International Student Resources

The NYU School of Professional Studies American Language Institute (ALI)

ALI provides English-language support and education, at all levels of proficiency, to help students become acclimated in their graduate programs. Students may elect to participate in English-language instruction prior to applying to any of our degree-granting programs. Additionally, for students who already have applied to a graduate program, there exists the opportunity for conditional admission. Applicants whose TOEFL/IELTS score falls below the recommended minimum, but who meet all other admissions criteria, may be selected to undergo additional review of their English-language skills through the ALI.

The International Student Support Center (ISSC) provides support to international students to help them succeed in their NYU School of Professional Studies classes and to adjust to life in New York City. A dedicated team of staff members offers students assistance in acquiring the linguistic, academic, and intercultural capability necessary to excel during their time at the School and beyond.

NYU Office of Global Services (OGS)

Once you have been accepted to a degree program, your next step is to complete the application to secure the I-20 required for your student visa. The Office of Global Services provides international students with the support and the advisory services in order to begin your studies at the NYU School of Professional Studies.

To obtain your I-20:

  1. Follow the steps outlined by OGS.
  2. Complete the I-20 application (login required).

Questions about the process or next steps?
Contact Information:
Phone: 212-998-4720
Fax: 212-995-4115