Graduate Admissions Criteria

General Instructions

Please do not submit the same content multiple times as this will delay application processing.

Due to the volume of materials we receive each year, we do not process or confirm receipt of materials that are not required as part of the application process; including GRE and GMAT score reports.

Please submit your application materials electronically in order to complete your application. We are not accepting physical documents at this time.

Application Fee

The application fee is paid via credit card prior to submitting the online application.

The application fee is waived for all NYU employees; US active-duty military members; US military veterans; and Peace Corp and AmeriCorps volunteers. Applicants who are experiencing financial hardship may be eligible for a fee waiver. To request a fee waiver, please email with a written request along with any supporting documents.

College/University Transcripts

We require transcripts from all institutions where college credit was received.


Indicate the experiences you’ve had so far, and we will help you go further. Relevant experience in the field, transferable skills, and/or the demonstration of potential success will serve to distinguish you as a prospective student.

Résumés may include any professional experience (full-time or part-time), internships, participation in professional associations/affiliations, extra-curricular activities, volunteer work, student clubs/government, etc. Your résumé can be uploaded into the online application.

Personal Statement

Tell us about your academic and professional goals and why NYUSPS is the right fit for you. Personal statements should be a minimum of 500 words. Your personal statement can be uploaded into the online application.

Degree Requirements

Applicants are required to possess a US bachelor’s degree or the equivalent prior to the start of your intended term of entry.


We require two recommendations submitted from academic or professional sources.

Recommenders should be able to provide examples of your academic or professional contributions. If you share your recommender’s contact information in the online application, your recommender will be able to submit a letter online. All recommendation letters must be submitted using a professional or academic email domain.

Degree-Specific Requirements

MS in Public Relations and Corporate Communication

Two essay prompts in place of the standard personal statement.

MS in Professional Writing

Writing portfolio in addition to all other application requirements.

MS in Translation and Interpreting

Applicants should schedule a 50-minute online ACTFL Reading Proficiency Test and will receive a certificate from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages indicating their current proficiency level. Successful applicants usually test at the Advanced level or higher. See for a testing guide, instructions, and sample questions.

International Students: Applicants who did NOT complete their undergraduate degree in the United States OR in a country where English is the primary language are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Requirements for International Students


Applicants who did not complete an undergraduate or graduate degree in the United States or in a program where the medium of instruction is English are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. If you do not score above the minimums outlined below, you also are required to participate in the Pearson Versant English Placement Test (VEPT).

If you are applying to one of the programs in the Division of Programs in Business or the Schack Institute of Real Estate, the VEPT can be waived if you meet the following scores: TOEFL of 110 or IELTS of 8.0

Division of Programs in Business includes the following programs:

  • MS in Human Capital Analytics and Technology
  • MS in Human Resource Management and Technology
  • MS in Integrated Marketing
  • MS in Management and Systems
  • MS in Project Management
  • MS in Public Relations and Corporate Communication

Schack Institute of Real Estate includes the following programs:

  • MS in Construction Management
  • MS in Real Estate
  • MS in Real Estate Development

If you are applying to any other program at NYUSPS, the VEPT can be waived if you meet the following scores: TOEFL of 100 or IELTS of 7.0

Pearson VEPT

The Pearson VEPT is an online English language proficiency exam. Applicants who do not meet the minimum recommended scores outlined for TOEFL/IELTS are required to participate in the VEPT exam.

International Transcript Evaluation

Applicants who completed more than half of their academic program at a foreign university are required to submit an evaluation. Evaluations are a required component since they determine how your academics are graded compared to the US education system, as well as if your degree is equivalent to a US bachelor’s degree.

When requesting an evaluation, please request a “course-by-course evaluation.” All transcripts must be evaluated by a recognized foreign educational credential evaluation from the list below.