Language Testing Requirements
If English is not your native language, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) exam, or the Duolingo English Test. NYU Silver is currently accepting the TOEFL Special Home Edition.
These exams should be taken far enough in advance of the term in which the applicant wishes to be admitted.
An application is incomplete until all official scores are submitted and they must arrive by the printed deadlines.
Test scores (both TOEFL and IELTS) are considered valid for two years.
TOEFL Score Requirements
Minimum scores for the TOEFL are:
Paper based (PBT): 580
Computer based (CBT): 237
Internet based (IBT): 92–93
Our TOEFL code is 2506. We will accept an unofficial score until we receive an official copy from Educational Testing Service (ETS).
IELTS Score Requirements
Admission criteria for the IELTS is an overall score of 7.0 or higher (no individual scores less than 7 in any category).
Duolingo English Test
Admission criteria for the Duolingo English Test is a minimum score of 115.
The following applicants are exempt from our language testing requirements:
Applicants who have earned a degree from an institution where the language of instruction during their entire undergraduate program (four years) was exclusively English, regardless of country, are exempt from submitting a TOEFL or IELTS score.
Applicants who are US permanent residents and have earned their undergraduate degree from a US institution.
International Credential Evaluation Requirement
All foreign academic records must be submitted with official translation to English or a notarized translation to English must be included along with official transcripts from international institutions.
All applicants with international credentials are required to include a professional “Course-by-Course” evaluation of the degree to determine if it is equivalent to the US bachelor’s degree.
We accept foreign credentials evaluated by companies listed on the NACES website. The credential evaluation process can take a while to complete. Applicants are advised to submit their credentials to one of these companies far in advance of the term for which they are applying.
Applications without credential evaluations will not be reviewed for admission.
International applicants applying to the Advanced Standing pathway whose undergraduate social work degree is NOT from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited institution or a Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE-ACFTS) accredited institution will need to have their international credentials evaluated by the CSWE Office of Social Work Accreditation to determine if their international degree in social work is comparable to an accredited baccalaureate in social work in the United States. More information about the International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service can be found at the CSWE International Degree Review website.
The following applicants are exempt from the international credential evaluation requirements:
Applicants who have earned a degree from a Canadian institution.
Applicants who took less than 12 semester credits as part of a study abroad program.
Applicants who took 12 or more semester credits as part of a study abroad program AND whose grades and credits appear on a US academic institution’s transcript.