International Applicants

International students generally make up close to 20% of the NYU Wagner student population. With representation from over 35 countries, they bring an element of diversity that enriches the Wagner community and enhances the learning experience.

International candidates are encouraged to apply early so that they will have enough time to arrange for a visa to study in the US.

To be eligible for admission to NYU Wagner, applicants must have received either a U.S. bachelor’s degree or an equivalent international degree.

Because degree length and curriculum varies from country to country, applicants with international credentials are required to submit a third-party credential evaluation. These reports assess U.S. bachelor’s equivalency and provide a course-by-course evaluation to ensure applicants are eligible for admission.

Applicants who studied abroad for a semester as a part of their degree from a United States institution do not need to submit an international credential evaluation for those study abroad courses.

In addition to third-party credential evaluations, applications must include transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. If a transcript is not in English, applicants are required to submit both the transcript and its English translation.

Scanned, unofficial transcripts are acceptable during the application process. Official transcripts will be requested upon admission.

Prior to applying, applicants with international degrees must seek out a third-party credential service to assess U.S. degree equivalency and conduct a course-by-course evaluation. Third-party evaluations allow NYU Wagner to process applications more efficiently.

Because credential evaluations can be expensive, NYU Wagner will waive the application fee for all candidates that submit their academic transcripts via a third-party international credential evaluation provider. Below is a sample list of companies that provide such evaluations.

NYU Wagner has no preference over the selected vendors and is in no way affiliated with the companies listed. Applicants may submit evaluations from other NACES-approved agencies. We are not responsible for the services offered by vendors and cannot be held liable for any dispute regarding services rendered. Please review the terms and conditions of each vendor carefully, as directions and regulations vary.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: I have only graduated from institutions in the United States (undergraduate and graduate). Do I need an ICE?

A: No, you do not need an ICE. 


Q: I have a degree from a U.S. institution and a degree from an international institution. Do I need an ICE for my international degree, even if I also have a U.S. degree?

A: Yes, you will need to provide an ICE for your international degree.


Q: I graduated from an institution outside of the U.S. that is a branch campus of a U.S. institution (for example, the American University of Beirut, NYU Shanghai, Duke Kunshan University). Do I need an ICE?

A: No, you do not need an ICE. 


Q: I have not graduated yet. Can I get an ICE while still enrolled?

A: Yes, you can get your transcripts evaluated while enrolled in your final year. You must provide the evaluation company with all of your coursework, including the courses you are currently taking and any additional information about your program. Your report must state that you will have a degree equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor’s degree upon completing your program.


Q: Other schools don’t need an ICE. Can NYU Wagner evaluate my transcripts without an ICE?

A: No, NYU Wagner does not provide internal evaluations. To ensure equity and transparency, we require a third party to evaluate all international credentials. 


Q: What third-party credential evaluator should I use?

A: We accept reports from any NACES-approved company. 


Mastery of English is required for NYU Wagner programs. If your undergraduate or graduate degree was not taught in English, you must demonstrate your level of proficiency in English in one of the following ways:

1. You have a TOEFL score of at least 100

2. You have an IELTS score of at least 7

You must upload a copy of your TOEFL or IELTS score report into the online application before submission and ensure that your official score report can be released and sent to NYU Wagner. Only tests taken within the past two (2) years will be considered. Failure to complete this requirement may result in withdrawal of an application. While an official test score is required for a final decision, the Admissions Committee can begin the review of your application with an unofficial test score. TOEFL School Code: 2507.

For applicants who took the test more than once, the Admissions Committee considers only the test with the highest total score taken within two years of the application deadline for which you apply.

If you plan to retake the TOEFL or IELTS assessments after applying, you must inform the Admissions Committee of the date you intend to take the test via email to The Admissions Committee will proceed with the evaluation of your application using your submitted score, and may issue a decision prior to receiving additional test scores.

International applicants are considered for all merit-based scholarships, fellowships, and graduate assistantships.

Q: None of my higher education degrees were taught in English. Do I need to show English proficiency?

A: Yes, you do need to provide us with proof of English proficiency.


Q: What tests do you accept?

A: We accept TOEFL, TOEFL at Home, or IELTS scores less than two years old upon submission.


Q: Can I submit new scores after submitting my application?

A: No, only individuals who score below our required scores (100 TOEFL, 7 IELTS) will be invited to submit new scores.