Admission and Financial Aid

The interdisciplinary nature of AI demands expertise from many different fields. While the program is designed for students with undergraduate majors in computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, information systems, and other science and quantitative majors, the faculty also feel strongly about including smart, hard-working people from social science, economics, medicine, finance and more.

Admissions criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a strong mathematical and programming background including at least two university courses in a high-level programming language such as Java/C++/Python; multivariate calculus, linear algebra, and mathematical  probability/statistics all with a grade of B+ or better. Prerequisites must have been completed in the last three years. Equivalent professional experience is acceptable;
  • Though not required, strong quantitative GRE scores can be helpful in your application;
  • TOEFL score demonstrating strong communication skills, for students whose first language is not English or who have not received their degree from an English-speaking university

Need a refresher? We’ve developed an Advanced Mathematics prep course for applicants who need a little more work before the program starts. The Advanced Mathematics course covers multivariate calculus, linear algebra, and probability/statistics. The next offering will be in the evenings, beginning in August 2020. For more information, contact an admissions director at gradschool@yu.edu.

Application Process

Submit the following items:

  • Online application 
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Official GRE scores (preferred but not required)
  • Résumé
  • Personal statement describing 1.) your professional goals, 2.) reason for choosing the Katz School of Science and Health master’s in artificial intelligence, and 3.) readiness for success in this program
  • Two academic or professional letters of recommendation that can speak to your technical and quantitative abilities
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (for candidates whose bachelor's degrees were earned at a non-English-speaking institution)
    • NACES course-by-course evaluation (for degrees completed outside of the US and English-speaking Canada) 
    • The Katz School of Science and Health offers a fully online, 11-week intensive program for applicants with low intermediate to upper-intermediate English reading, speaking and writing skills. 

If you have questions about your qualifications, make an appointment with an admissions director. We can discuss your background and do a preliminary transcript review.

For up-to-date application deadlines, visit the Graduate Admissions page: https://www.yu.edu/katz/admissions/grad-admissions/deadlines-notifications.

All applicants are automatically considered for scholarships. You do not need to submit any additional information. Scholarship awards are determined during the application review process.

Please schedule an appointment with an admissions director if you have questions about financial aid opportunities and financing your graduate degree. We can do a preliminary transcript review and discuss your admissions and financing options with the Katz School.

The Office of Student Finance maintains current tuition and fees for all graduate programs: https://www.yu.edu/ms-artificial-intelligence.

Jared Hakimi 


Director of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions
Email: jared.hakimi@yu.edu Phone: 646-592-4722
Schedule an Appointment with Jared (started & admitted applicants)

Sammi Melendez 

Graduate Advisor
Email: salmai.melendez@yu.edu
Phone: 646-592-4745                                  
Schedule an Appointment (prospects)