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, we strongly encourage international applicants to obtain a third-party international credential evaluation. These reports assess U.S. bachelor’s equivalency and provide a course-by-course evaluation to ensure applicants are eligible for admission.
Although they allow NYU Wagner to process applications more efficiently, third-party evaluations are not required. International applications submitted without credential evaluations will receive full consideration.
Prior to applying, we strongly encourage - but do not require - applicants to seek out a third-party international 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 third-party credential evaluations can be expensive, NYU Wagner will waive the application fee for all candidates that submit their academic transcripts to us via a third-party international credentials evaluation provider.
Official transcripts will be requested upon admission. If your institution does not issue transcripts as defined above, you must submit a letter, in a sealed envelope, from the institution stating its policy. If you cannot obtain transcripts directly from the institution and you possess an original transcript, you may submit copies which have been certified by an appropriate embassy or consulate in the institution's country. To ensure the validity of the institution's transcripts, you should follow these steps:
- Submit your original transcripts to the embassy or consulate.
- Ask the embassy or consulate to copy the transcript and stamp each page of the copy verifying its authenticity.
- Ask the embassy or consulate to provide you with one sealed envelope containing the verified transcript. The back of the envelope should contain the embassy or consular officer signature to reflect the unaltered, true contents.
- Submit the unopened envelope and a photocopy of the degree conferral and/or diploma with your application.
Please note that you are required to submit both the official transcript and its English translation. If the institution you attend does not provide an English translation with the official transcript, you must obtain a certified English translation before submitting your application. Following these steps will ensure the validity of your transcript:
- Secure an official transcript from your institution in a sealed envelope.
- Submit your unopened official transcript to the translator.
- Ask the translator to prepare an official English translation.
- Ask the translator to provide you with one sealed envelope containing both your original transcript and its English translation. The back of the envelope must contain the translator's signature to reflect the unaltered, true contents.
- Submit the unopened envelope with your application.
Prior to applying, we strongly encourage applicants with international degrees to 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
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 2020 application cycle, we will accept scores from test dates on or after September 1, 2017.
International applicants are considered for all merit-based scholarships, fellowships, and graduate assistantships.