New York University Computer Science Graduate Application Personal Statement

Special Note: The Computer Science Department is now reviewing applications for the Fall 2018 semester. Decisions should be made by mid-April. Due to the volume of applicants, we are unable to give you the status of your application or tell you if your application is complete. However, you can check if your application is complete directly within your application.

For information on admission to the M.S. in Computing, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, please click here.

Submitting your application online

To apply, you must use our online application. When using the online application, you can submit all materials electronically.

The online procedure is user-friendly; however, if you have any questions regarding the application process, please view the Application Resource Center.

Note: You must arrange with the Educational Testing Services (ETS) to electronically submit GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores (if necessary) to our Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS). Our institution code for the GRE and TOEFL is 2596. You do not need to use a special department code for the GRE. For IELTS, contact your test center directly and request that your test scores be sent electronically to New York University, Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York, NY. An institutional code is not required. The GMAT and LSAT will not be accepted as a substitute for the GRE.

If you are required to take the TOEFL, this examination requires you to list a department code that is most appropriate for your field of study or you can simply use code 99. However, do not use code 00 and do not leave this field blank. We will not receive your test scores if you report it this way.

To expedite the processing of your application, you may include the unofficial copies of your results on these tests. However, we must receive the official scores from ETS before the admissions deadline.

Applicants should note the following:

  1. Students with a BA/BS degree may apply directly to the PhD program.
  2. There is no NYU or departmental based financial support for master's students.
  3. GRE scores are required for all but non-degree applications.

GSAS admissions deadlines

ProgramSpringFall
MSCSOctober 1stMarch 1st
MSISOctober 1stMarch 1st

The admissions evaluation process

All regulations governing admission to the Graduate School of Arts and Science must be met by all those seeking admission to graduate study in computer science. In particular, students must have an accredited baccalaureate degree or its equivalent.

The following items are required:

  • A completed application, including a Statement of Academic Purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores for all programs (GMAT or LSAT will not be accepted)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for any student whose native language or medium of undergraduate instruction is not English
  • A resume or CV of your work experience

Successful applicants to the MS program in Computer Science will generally have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Strong GRE Quantitative and Analytical scores. (Typical acceptable scores are near 160 for the quantitative section or 4.0 or better on the new Analytical Writing section.)
  • Positive, specific recommendations.
  • Strong grades in relevant courses.
  • TOEFL, if required, above 620 (paper) or 260 (computer), or 100 (TOEFLI)
  • IELTS, if required, minimum band score of 7.0

MSIS applicants generally need the following to be admitted:

  1. Exams:
    • Strong GRE Quantitative and Analytical scores. (Typical acceptable scores are near 160 for the quantitative section or 4.0 or better on the new Analytical Writing section.)
    • TOEFL, if required, above 620 (paper) or 260 (computer), or 100 (TOEFLI)
    • IELTS, if required, minimum band score of 7.0
  2. Grades:
    • Some As and all Bs or better in business, engineering and science courses at most recent school; higher grades expected from less selective institutions
  3. Recommendations:
    • Strong recommendations from professor(s) and employer(s)
  4. Work experience:
    • At least one year full-time experience in a demanding position
    • Evidence of leadership and management potential
    • Evidence of ability to excel professionally in a corporation
  5. Computer science:
    • Evidence of ability to excel in graduate courses in computer science
  6. English:
    • Evidence of ability to communicate effectively in writing and speech in graduate school and American corporations

The minimum prerequisite background for admission to the MS program consists of:

  1. Languages: Deep working knowledge of C and familiarity with object-oriented concepts and work with some object-oriented language such as Java or C++.
  2. Data structures and mathematics: Understanding and working knowledge of pointers, lists, stacks, queues, trees, arrays and recursion; induction, order of magnitude growth, probability and elementary combinatorics, set notation.
  3. Working familiarity with windows and Unix.
  4. Knowledge of assembly language (e.g. Intel or Motorola) sufficient to understand self-modifying code.

Promising students who do not have this background should consider applying to the non-degree program and if accepted, enrolling in our one year preparatory course (PAC). Please note successful completion of the PAC courses does not guarantee admission to the MS program. Students without adequate mathematical training should take Discrete Mathematics, which is offered in the summer only.

Where to Get Further Information

For general admissions inquiries for the PhD and MS programs, including troubleshooting the online application:

For admissions inquiries specific to the MS in Computer Science or Information Systems:

For information regarding open houses for prospective Master's students:

For information regarding the CAS/GSAS Tuition Program:

Some programs (see the list below) have specific requests for the URL you submit. If you do not see the program you are applying to, you may submit a URL for anything you wish to include as part of your application.

VIDEOS
OTHER MATERIALS

Submitting a Video

If you will be submitting a video, remember that you are submitting a link (URL) to your video (such as on YouTube.com, youku.com, tudou.com, some other video hosting site, or your own website), not the video itself. If you are not using a video hosting site, please save the video in .mp4 format.

Do not secure your video with a password. Instead, we recommend that you make the video unlisted. The following descriptions apply to YouTube.com, but should be applicable to other video hosting sites. YouTube has three privacy settings: PublicPrivate, and Unlisted.

  • Public means anybody can find it and view it. Do not use this option.

  • Private means it can only be seen by the you, and the people you select. The video doesn't appear in your channel or in search results. Viewers you select must have a Google account to log in and see the video, and the you must also know to whom to grant permission. Do not use this option.

  • Unlisted means that anybody who has the link can view the video, but it doesn't appear in your channel or in search results. Use this option.

Putting Materials Online

If you have files or documents that cannot readily be uploaded to your application such as audio/video files, and you do not have your own web page, you can post them to a service such as Google Drive. Add the URL for the directory that contains the files and be sure to set "Share" to "Anyone who has the link." See http://bit.ly/193zj0A as an example. You should add the URL for Google Drive (or whatever service you used) to your online application on the page labeled Personal, Part 2. [Please note that not all older web browsers support Google Drive.]


Program-Specific Guidelines


Computer Science...Information Systems

The master's program in Information Systems requires that you submit a short video, no more than three (3) minutes in length. As part of the video, please introduce yourself, indicate your number of years of industry experience (as applicable) and state your rationale for applying to the master's program and why you feel you are a good candidate. Please speak slowly and clearly and be sure to keep your video professional.


Ph.D. Program in Economics

The Ph.D. program in Economics requests that you submit a short video (no more than three minutes in length) that describes your background and achievements briefly. Then, devote the greater part of the video to telling us about your research interests and post-degree goals.

Video submission is an optional part of your application and not required. Whether or not you submit a video, your written Statement of Academic Purpose should include a full account of your background and career goals. Videos mainly will be used to distinguish between finalists. Do not be concerned if there is substantial redundancy between your written application and your video.


Journalism...All Programs

If you wish to submit recorded material or video as part of your application, the Journalism Institute requests that you use the URL to point to an online collection of your materials. You should add the URL to your online application on the page labeled Personal, Part 2. If you use electronic materials in place of a writing sample, please upload a note in the Writing Sample(s) section of the application alerting the reviewer to go to your URL.

  • Submission of Recorded Materials and Video. Candidates should post recordings, video, and other visual representations of their work to third-party servers and provide the links as part of their application. Please note that the Graduate School cannot accept hard copies.

  • Recordings, photography or video submissions should be uploaded to a third-party server such as Vimeo, Viewbook, YouTube, Soundcloud, Box, Google Drive or Dropbox. The first four options are recommended.

As you will be submitting links only, be sure that the site you choose will continue to support access to your materials during the time we are evaluating your application. If you are unable to make electronic versions of the material available, please contact your program director directly.


Ph.D. Program in Mathematics or Atmosphere Ocean Science

The department encourages you to submit a short video statement. This is an optional part of your application and is not required.

  • Your video should be no more than four (4) minutes in length.

  • In your video, you should answer three (3) of the the following questions:
    1. What are your goals and objectives in getting a Ph.D. in Mathematics or Atmosphere Ocean Science?
    2. Tell us about a theorem or subject in mathematics you particularly like in the format of a blackboard presentation.
    3. Why did you choose Courant?
    4. Why do you think you are a good match for Courant?
    5. Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself that is relevant to your application?
  • Your video need not be anything more than you answering the questions. Your answers, not production values, are what will be evaluated.

Master's Program in Mathematics in Finance or Mathematics in Finance/General Management

The department encourages you to submit a short video statement. This is an optional part of your application and is not required.

  • Only applicants to the full-time program should submit a video.

  • Your video should be no more than five (5) minutes in length.

  • In your video, you should answer one (1) of the the following questions:
    1. Describe a project or experience that challenged you, and explain its relevance to your intended career in quantitative finance.
    2. If your career goals involve a particular type of quantitative finance, explain your goal and why it suits you.
  • Please note that the preliminary screening of applications will mainly make use of written personal statements, not videos. Therefore, your written personal statement should include a full account of your background and career goals. Videos mainly will be used to distinguish between finalists. Do not be concerned if there is substantial redundancy between your written personal statement and your video.

Music...All Programs

If you submit recordings and musical scores, it is preferred that you do so by using a URL to point to an online collection of your materials. You should add the URL to your online application on the page labeled Personal, Part 2. If you are unable to make electronic versions of the material available, please contact the Music Department directly at fas.music.gradadmissions@nyu.edu.


Psychology...Industrial/Organizational Psychology

This program requires that you submit a short (no more than 5 minutes in length) video that addresses two topics:

  1. Present an executive summary of your approach to the case study. The key topics and resolution suggested should be presented as if to an organization in a business format and context.
  2. Explain your career goals and interests as they relate to the approach presented in the case study.

Please note that the preliminary screening of applications will mainly make use of written personal statements, not videos. Therefore, your written personal statement should include a full account of your background and career goals. Videos mainly will be used to distinguish between finalists. Do not be concerned if there is substantial redundancy between your written personal statement, case study, and your video.

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