Graduate Study

Students regularly attend graduate school after completing their undergraduate study at Cooper Union. While many students continue to pursue a Master of Fine Art or a Master of Engineering, there are students in all three schools who pursue programs outside of their major field of study, such as Medical school or Law school.  The Center for Career Development provides guidance to seniors and alumni undergoing the graduate school application process from start to finish. Not only do we regularly discuss graduate school in one-on-one appointments, but we also speak with students about graduate school preparation, how to determine which program might be the best fit, feedback on application materials, and guidance through the acceptance process. In addition, The Center for Career Development hosts informational panels on specific graduate school programs.  


School of Art Graduate Study Resources on Student Connect.
School of Architecture Graduate Study Resources on StudentConnect.

  • 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.