Master's Degree Requirements

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Cooper Union offers a Master of Engineering program that integrates work at the undergraduate and graduate levels and prepares graduates for entry into the engineering profession at an advanced level or for further graduate study. Course listings can be found here. For further information, you may also view our Master of Engineering brochure.

Applying to The Cooper Union

Applications to the Master of Engineering program for full-time study for the 2015-2016 academic year will be accepted beginning September 2014 through April 1, 2015.  Applicants interested in part-time graduate study in engineering may apply through May 6, 2015. Apply Online Now

Please submit the following supplemental information no later than April 1, 2015 to the Office of Admissions, The Cooper Union, 30 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003.  Please note, applicants for part time graduate study may submit supplemental materials through May 8, 2015.  Materials may also be sent to  Please reference in the subject line of your email “Graduate Engineering Supplemental Information”.

Application Requirements: 

  • B.E. or B.S. in an engineering discipline;
  • Official copies of school transcripts. This includes secondary (high school), college and university work;
  • GRE Scores (optional);
  • TOEFL Scores (if Bachelor’s Degree was taught in a language other than English);
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Résumé (see below for detailed information)

In a separate document, please submit a résumé, listing any professional licensure or certification along with a statement indicating what areas within engineering you seek to study.

Be sure to outline any relevant academic honors or awards, teaching or work experiences, internships, publications, research, projects, websites, patents, or other evidence of creative scholarship. 

Also, please list in the same document, any relevant graduate-level coursework taken and method of instruction (traditional, on-line, hybrid (mix of on-line and traditional)). 

Graduation Requirements

The degree is comprised of 30 total credits beyond the baccalaureate degree. Students may complete the requirements in one of two ways: either the thesis option that comprises of 24 credits in courses and 6 representing the thesis or the recently introduced non-thesis option which is 30 credits of course work. 

Graduate Tuition & Fees

Students in the Master of Engineering program are charged $1,173 per credit; 30 credits total. Any admitted Cooper Union alumnus entering the graduate program in Fall 2015 is eligible for a half-tuition scholarship for two years of study. Merit-based scholarships will be available to a select group of highly accomplished applicants in every degree-granting department.  Grant funded research assistantships are also available. The deadline to apply for full-time study for Fall 2015 is April 1, 2015. Applicants interested in part-time graduate study in engineering may apply through May 6, 2015.  The fees for 2015 are currently being assessed.

Existing International Partnerships



  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.