Do I have to take the TOEFL?


NYU Steinhardt requires official scores from one of the following English language exams to be received in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the application deadline.

  • Test of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TOEFL), scores are valid for two years from the date taken. Successful candidates typically score a 100 on the Internet based exam or 600 on the paper based exam. Send official scores from ETS to NYU Steinhardt using institution code 2556. A department code is not required.
  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Official scores are valid for three years from the date taken. Successful candidates typically achieve a band score of 7. Send official scores from IELTS to NYU Steinhardt by selecting New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development as a score recipient. 
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic). Official scores are valid for two years from the date taken. Successful candidates typically score a 68 to 70. Send official scores from PTE Academic to NYU Steinhardt by selecting New York University, NYU Steinhardt-Graduate Admissions as a score recipient. 

Applicants whose native language is not English and who did not receive the equivalent of a four-year US undergraduate education from an institution where English is the sole and official language of instruction are required to submit official exam scores from one of the exams. There is no preference as to which exam you take.

Applicants holding or completing a graduate degree from an English-speaking institution are still required to submit official exam scores if their graduate education was fewer than four years in duration.

This English proficiency exam requirement cannot be waived. If your scores have expired before you apply, you must retake the exam.

Although we have indicated benchmark scores above, we do not use minimums or cut offs. All components of your application are reviewed together as a whole. If you submit scores from more than one of the exams all of your scores will be available to the Admissions Committee, however, Committees typically consider your highest score.

The Admissions Committee reserves the right to require any candidate, regardless of country of citizenship, to submit results from an English language exam prior to rendering a decision if they believe proficiency in English is an area of concern.

If you are required to submit the results of an English language exam you must submit your results in two formats:

1. An official score report must be sent to Graduate Admissions from the testing agency.

2. A copy of your score report must be uploaded into the online application. Since this is an unofficial report for informational purposes only, web printouts or screenshots can be uploaded, as long as we can read the scores and your name.

All candidates will be be further evaluated after admission through a second-level review of English proficiency regardless of score received on the above exams. Read more about requirements for proficiency in English.


Applicants to undergraduate programs at NYU Steinhardt should visit the Undergraduate Admissions website for more information