Master's Degree Requirements

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.

Applying to The Cooper Union

Applications to the Master of Engineering program for the 2015-2016 academic year will be accepted beginning September 2014 through April 1, 2015. Click here to submit your online application. 

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.  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

A minimum of 30 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree must be completed at Cooper Union (in addition to possible undergraduate deficiencies). Of these, not more than 6 credits may be undergraduate-level courses. The 30 credits offered for the degree must satisfy the following distribution:


The Major12
A coherent concentration of graduate-level courses in the chosen department, which must include courses required by the department
(See departmental curriculum for details)
The Minor12
A concentration in an interdisciplinary area of engineering other than the chosen major 
Thesis Project6
Total Credits30

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