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Admissions: Graduate Students

Graduate Requirements

Requirements for admission to graduate study at NYIT vary with the discipline the applicant chooses. All applicants are required to hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university (or its equivalent for international students), and must submit the completed application, official transcript of all previous academic study, the application fee, and such additional materials and information as the specific program or its director may require.

Applicants who have completed the application process and have been accepted for graduate study may be given a status of matriculation as defined by each program. Applicants who do not have all the necessary information in time to be processed before the beginning of a new term may be permitted to enroll as nonmatriculated students at the discretion of the director for one term while completing their records.

Programs do not, in general, require that the undergraduate major be in the specific field to which the applicant is seeking graduate admission; however, each program sets forth certain prerequisite courses or subject matter areas in which the student must establish proficiency before proceeding to graduate work (refer to prerequisite requirements for each program listed in the Schools and Colleges section of the catalog).

Prerequisite courses carry prerequisite credit only, and the credits earned may not be counted toward the number of graduate credits required for the degree. A limited number of applicants without degree objectives who have acceptable professional backgrounds may be permitted to take a maximum of nine credits as nonmatriculated/nondegree students at the discretion of the appropriate program director. Please refer to the individual listing for each discipline for additional terms and conditions, if any.

Admissions Procedures

How to Apply to NYIT


U.S. Students

Applicants with Master’s Degrees

Possession of a master’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution may be accepted as evidence of having met the academic and test score requirements for matriculation; however, this does not relieve the applicant of the obligation to file all undergraduate transcripts and appropriate test scores, which will be used for research purposes.

Early Admission

NYIT students who have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better may, under proper circumstances, enroll in up to six credits of selected graduate courses before completing the undergraduate degree. Information regarding requirements, eligibility, and limitations is available in the offices of the graduate program directors.

Actual admission to the graduate program as a degree candidate can only be granted after the undergraduate degree has been received and formal requirements for admission have been met. Upon formal admission to a graduate program with matriculated status, credit may be granted toward a graduate degree for those graduate courses taken as an undergraduate but not credited toward an undergraduate degree, and completed with a grade of B or better.

Admission Procedures

Complete the following admission procedures for graduate students:

  • Completed Application: Complete the NYIT Online Application. An application must be submitted to the Office of Admissions for all academic programs. Applications are considered in the order received as long as space in the program of your choice is available. Apply as a graduate student. There is a different application for the following programs:
  • Application Fee: A $50 (U.S.) nonrefundable application fee, payable to NYIT, is required as part of your application submission. Fee may be waived with an official waiver from your college advisor or an NYIT advisor.
  • Transcripts: Submit your final, official transcripts directly to the Office of Admissions. This includes undergraduate transcripts and proof of degree from all schools and colleges previously attended. Copies are accepted for admission. Final, official transcripts must be received prior to the start of your first semester. Your admission and scholarship, if applicable, are pending on the receipt of these documents. Evidence of a bachelor’s degree and graduation date is required.
  • Standardized Test Scores: Official scores from the GRE, GMAT, MAT, or other exams should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions if they are applicable to program requirements.
    • NYIT GRE Code: 2561
    • NYIT GMAT Codes
    • Full time (nine or more credits): OQN-RL-35
    • Part-time (less than nine credits): OQN-RL-74
    • NYIT MAT Code: 1487
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation may be required. Check specific program requirements for more information.
  • Admission Decision: In order to provide adequate time for processing, admissions materials should, if possible, be submitted at least eight weeks before the desired date of entrance. Applicants will be officially notified in writing of the action taken on their request for admission. Upon acceptance of an offer of admission, candidates are required to pay a nonrefundable $500 deposit within four weeks of acceptance, which will be credited toward the first semester’s tuition. Students admitted to the Physical Therapy program are required to submit a $1,500 nonrefundable tuition deposit by January 15. Students admitted to the Occupational Therapy program are required to submit a $1,000 nonrefundable tuition deposit within two weeks of acceptance and then an additional $500 nonrefundable deposit by March 1. Students admitted to the Physician Assistant Studies program are required to submit a $1,500 nonrefundable tuition deposit within two weeks of acceptance. Admitted students also are required to submit completed health forms prior to registration, and those seeking financial aid are recommended to furnish the college with a Social Security number for identification purposes.

Enrolled students must submit their final, official transcripts, and all other required admission materials, to the Office of Admissions. Deadline dates vary by semester. Please contact the Office of Admissions or refer to your acceptance letter for these deadline dates. The Office of Admissions reserves the right to rescind offers or admissions to applicants who have omitted previous academic work. Failure to provide these final documents will result in registration holds and/or cancellation of financial aid.

Applicants to all colleges and universities in New York state who were born on or after January 1, 1957, must provide written evidence of immunization against mumps, measles, and rubella or demonstrate that they are entitled to an exemption from this legal requirement.


International Students

NYIT welcomes students from other nations who show promise of benefiting from educational opportunities in the United States. International students are, in general, expected to follow the same regulations and procedures as those set forth for all entering students. The following guidelines are for prospective students residing outside the continental limits of the United States who wish to attend NYIT:

  • Completed Application: Complete the NYIT Online Application. An application must be submitted to the Office of Admissions for all academic programs. Applications are considered in the order received as long as space in the program of your choice is available. Apply as an international student. There is a different application for the following programs:
  • Application Fee: A $50 (U.S.) nonrefundable application fee, payable to NYIT, is required as part of your application submission. Fee may be waived with an official waiver from your college advisor or an NYIT advisor.
  • Deadlines: Completed applications that include all required documents from international students should be received by December 1 for the spring semester, and July 1 for the fall semester. Students applying to programs in Bioengineering; Computer Science; Internet, Network, and Computer Security; or Electrical and Computer Engineering must be received by December 1 for the spring semester and June 1 for the fall semester. Students who apply after those dates may be asked to defer their application to be considered for the next available semester. (These deadlines may be waived for applicants who reside in the United States.)
  • Transcripts: Submit your final, official transcripts directly to the Office of Admissions. This includes undergraduate transcripts and proof of degree from all schools and colleges previously attended. Copies are accepted for admission. Final, official transcripts must be received prior to the start of your first semester. Final, official documents must come directly from the university, ETS (for GRE or TOEFL scores), Pearson Vue (for GMAT), or the British Council (IELTS). If your transcripts are in a language other than English, you must submit an official English translation through one of the following:
  • Standardized Test Scores: Official scores from the GRE, GMAT, MAT, or other exams should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions if they are applicable to program requirements.
    • NYIT GRE Code: 2561
    • NYIT GMAT Codes
    • Full time (nine or more credits): OQN-RL-35
    • Part-time (less than nine credits): OQN-RL-74
    • NYIT MAT Code: 1487
  • English Proficiency: International applicants who have earned undergraduate degrees at a foreign university must provide proof of English proficiency. Applicants are required to submit the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), as administered by the Educational Testing Service, the Pearson PTE Academic Exam, or an examination deemed to be equivalent by the Office of Admissions.
    • Full Graduate Admission: The following minimum scores required for full admission to a graduate programs are:
      • IELTS score: 6.0
      • TOEFL (iBT) score: 79
      • Pearson PTE score: 53
    • Graduate English as a Second Language (ESL) Pathway Admission: Students who do not meet the full admission English proficiency requirements can be admitted to an ESL pathway program. The following scores are required to be admitted to Graduate ESL pathway program:

      • IELTS scores: below 6.0 (5.0–5.5)
      • TOEFL (iBT) scores: 41–78
      • Pearson PTE scores: 36–52
      • Students with these lower scores will be required to take noncredit English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, and will have the option to pursue credit-bearing academic courses alongside the required ESL program. Students whose registration does not include the required English course(s) may be deregistered from other courses.
      • Pathway admissions requirements are applicable to pathway eligible programs. Pathway program eligibility is program specific and determined by the individual academic departments.
    • Conditional Admission: Applicants who submit IELTS scores below 5.0, TOEFL (iBT) scores below 61, or Pearson PTE scores below 40 may be offered conditional admission to the academic program if all other academic requirements are met. Students who are offered conditional admission may enroll in the ESL Pathway Program upon completing level 2 in the English Language Institute. Completion of level 4 in the English Language Institute is required for full admission to the academic program.
  • SEVIS: Students who transfer from American colleges or universities must have their previous schools complete the SEVIS I-20 Transfer Form, which can be obtained online. Students must also furnish copies of all previous universities’ I-20(s) and copies of their Visa and I-94 (from their passport).
  • Affidavit of Support: For the purpose of assuring NYIT and the United States government that all necessary costs to maintain the student throughout his/her tenure at the university will be met, students must submit an original notarized Affidavit of Support form signed by a parent or other bona fide sponsor (form can be obtained directly from the NYIT Office of Admissions or online). This document needs to be notarized (witnessed and signed by a notary who is licensed by the government to witness signatures on legal documents).
  • Bank Statement for Financial Support: Students must submit a bank statement with bank seal, from the student’s own or a sponsor’s bank, demonstrating financial support. Bank statements need to show specific amounts based on academic status (as listed on the Affidavit of Support available online).
  • I-20: Upon receipt of all required material including the completed application, $50 application fee, official scholastic credentials and test scores, and, if applicable, proof of English proficiency, the Admissions Committee will review the qualifications of each applicant on an individual basis, and a decision regarding admission will be forwarded to the applicant. If the student has submitted a notarized affidavit of support and bank statements demonstrating sufficient financial support, the Admissions Committee will issue the I-20 with the notification of acceptance or shortly thereafter.
  • Admission Decision: In order to provide adequate time for processing, admissions materials should, if possible, be submitted at least eight weeks before the desired date of entrance. Applicants will be officially notified in writing of the action taken on their request for admission. Upon acceptance of an offer of admission, candidates are required to pay a nonrefundable $500 deposit within four weeks of acceptance, which will be credited toward the first semester’s tuition. Students admitted to the Physical Therapy program are required to submit a $1,500 nonrefundable tuition deposit by January 15. Students admitted to the Occupational Therapy program are required to submit a $1,000 nonrefundable tuition deposit within two weeks of acceptance and then an additional $500 nonrefundable deposit by March 1. Students admitted to the Physician Assistant Studies program are required to submit a $1,500 nonrefundable tuition deposit within two weeks of acceptance. Admitted students also are required to submit completed health forms prior to registration, and those seeking financial aid are recommended to furnish the college with a Social Security number for identification purposes.

Enrolled students must submit their final, official transcripts, and all other required admission materials, to the Office of Admissions. Deadline dates vary by semester. Please contact the Office of Admissions or refer to your acceptance letter for these deadline dates. The Office of Admissions reserves the right to rescind offers or admissions to applicants who have omitted previous academic work. Failure to provide these final documents will result in registration holds and/or cancellation of financial aid.

Applicants to all colleges and universities in New York state who were born on or after January 1, 1957, must provide written evidence of immunization against mumps, measles, and rubella or demonstrate that they are entitled to an exemption from this legal requirement.

Also Note:

  • All students transferring from foreign institutions of higher learning will be required to have their educational credentials evaluated by an agency specializing in reviewing international transcripts. This agency must be acceptable to the standards of NYIT, such as World Education Services or Scantran Evaluation Services. There is a fee for this evaluation service. Possible transfer credits will be determined by NYIT after results of the course-by-course evaluation have been received. Students must provide course outlines and/or syllabi if available to facilitate credit transfer.
  • NYIT offers residential facilities near its Long Island (Old Westbury) and New York City (Manhattan) campuses. Visit the Office of Residence Life and Off-Campus Housing for more information.

Visas

NYIT is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. Students holding F-1 visas must register for the number of hours required by law and have their registration approved by the director of international education. Upon acceptance of an offer of admission, candidates are required to submit a nonrefundable tuition deposit. If a student’s visa is denied, the deposit, if paid, will be refunded upon proof of visa denial from the Consulate.

U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Department regulations require international students with F-1 visas to pursue a full-time course of study. At NYIT, this is defined as a minimum of nine credits per semester at the graduate level.

International students holding an F-1 visa issued for study at another U.S. institution must forward a SEVIS I-20 Transfer Form, which can be obtained online and completed by an official at the transferring school, to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

International applicants who hold a valid temporary B-2 visitor’s visa that is specifically stamped “prospective student” at the time of application and are accepted into a graduate program will be expected to make arrangements to meet with the Office of International Education upon arrival.

Admission of International Graduate Applicants Without U.S. Equivalent Baccalaureate Degrees (Bridge Program)

Applications from international students who have completed only a three-year postsecondary program that is equivalent to three years of undergraduate study in the United States, or a four-year program that is not equivalent to an American bachelor’s degree, will be considered for admission with the following additional provisions:

  • The student may be required to take an NYIT English proficiency examination prior to enrollment.
  • Each student must complete a minimum of 30 additional undergraduate credits with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0. A substantial number of these credits may be in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, depending upon the results of the proficiency examination, if required.
  • Upon satisfactory completion of these 30 credits, the student will be granted provisional status in the chosen graduate program, except for the M.B.A. program, and expected to meet all requirements of this status, which includes the achievement of at least a 3.0 GPA through the first 12 graduate credits. M.B.A. students must meet all entrance criteria in order to be admitted and begin taking classes as well as required to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA through the first 12 graduate credits.


Transfer Students

A limited number of graduate credits taken at other accredited institutions and completed with a grade of B or better may be credited toward the graduate degree, provided those graduate credits have not been applied toward another degree and the course content is deemed by the director to be appropriate to the major being pursued and the equivalent of that offered at NYIT. Transfer credit is only awarded to degree-seeking students with NYIT matriculant status. A maximum of nine credits taken elsewhere may, under proper conditions, be transferred into business administration, human resources management and labor relations, energy management, communication arts, and architecture, and six credits into computer science, electrical and computer science engineering, environmental technology, human relations, clinical nutrition, childhood education, counseling, instructional technology, and educational leadership and technology.

Normally, courses taken more than five years ago cannot be transferred, although the graduate chairperson may make exceptions following a review of the transfer request.

All requests for transfer credit must be made within the first semester of enrollment. Requests received after the first semester will not be considered. Appropriate forms are available through the Office of Graduate Admissions. Official transcripts of work to be evaluated and catalog descriptions of the course(s) taken must also be submitted and must also be sent directly from the college or university concerned to graduate admissions. Students are encouraged to initiate requests for transfer credit at the time of application for admission to a graduate degree program.

Additional college-wide policies, not mentioned here but applying equally to the graduate programs, may be found in the undergraduate catalog.


Reenrollment/Readmission of Former Students

  • Students who have stopped attending NYIT for one semester, not including summer, and have not attended another institution do not need to apply for readmission. These students may return under the original catalog/curriculum of admission and must seek academic advisement from their department. Contact the NYIT Enrollment Services Center for additional information.
  • Students who have been away for one semester and who have attended another institution must visit the Office of Admissions to file an application for readmission along with the necessary supporting documentation and any applicable processing fees. Students are required to present all transcripts for evaluation at the time of readmission in order to receive any applicable transfer credit for work completed at another institution and to ensure proper academic advisement, scholarship, and financial aid eligibility.
  • Former students of NYIT who have been away for more than one semester must visit the Office of Admissions to file an application for readmission along with the necessary supporting documentation and any applicable processing fees. Students are required to present all transcripts for evaluation at the time of readmission in order to receive any applicable transfer credit for work completed at another institution and to ensure proper academic advisement, scholarship, and financial aid eligibility.

Once readmitted to the college, students must fulfill the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of their readmission. Students readmitted after a break of five years or less (undergraduates must be within 30 credits of degree completion) may request approval to follow the program requirements in place at the time of their most recent admission/readmission. The academic dean responsible for the program will decide in this matter. Students readmitted after a break of more than five years (undergraduates must be within 30 credits of degree completion) may request approval to follow the program requirements in place at the time of their most recent admission/readmission. The Vice President for Academic Affairs (or designee) will decide in this matter. In all cases, NYSED regulations will guide these decisions.

Nonmatriculated (Nondegree) Applicants

Regardless of whether you are enrolled at other institutions, you are welcome to enroll in the spring, summer, or fall semester, on a nondegree basis and take up to 24 credits.

Those who wish to apply for nondegree status must complete the Nondegree Application and Registration form for nonmatriculated students and obtain permission of the director of the appropriate graduate program. This form may be obtained in the graduate department or in the Office of Admissions. Enrollment as a nondegree student is limited to a maximum of nine credits. A nonrefundable fee of $50 must accompany each application. M.B.A. courses are not permitted.

Satisfactory performance as a nondegree student does not guarantee acceptance into any graduate program once you have reached the limit of nine credits of graduate study. You must apply to and meet all admissions requirements and standards. Courses taken as a nondegree student may be applied toward the graduate degree if they are part of the degree’s program of study. Nondegree students are urged to seek advisement from program faculty prior to registration for any course.