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.
Students who completed degrees in the United States and studied abroad for a semester are exempt from this requirement. Likewise, waivers may be granted for institutions in Canada (or elsewhere) that have grading systems similar to the United States. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or clarification.
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.
- Educational Credential Evaluators
- Educational Perspectives
- International Education Research Foundation
- World Education Services
- Other member organizations of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services
NYU Wagner has no preference over the selected vendors and is in no way affiliated with the companies listed. We are not responsible for the services offered by these 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.
Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). This requirement is waived for applicants who received a college degree from an English-speaking institution.
For admission to NYU Wagner, the minimum test scores are 100 (TOEFL) and 7.0 (IELTS). For the MS in Public Policy program, please note preferred minimum scores of 109 (TOEFL) and 7.5 (IELTS).
When registering for an exam, please ask the testing organization to send your official score reports directly to NYU Wagner. On the TOEFL (administered by the Educational Testing Service), our institution code is 2507.
TOEFL or IELTS examinations should be taken prior to applying, although in some cases we accept scores from test dates occurring post-submission. Submitted applications must include scanned copies of score reports OR a copy of a test registration that confirms an upcoming test date.
TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered valid for two years. For NYU Wagner’s 2021 application cycle, we will accept scores from test dates on or after September 1, 2018.
International applicants are considered for all merit-based scholarships, fellowships, and graduate assistantships.