Professional Learning


About the Program

Learn from the Best

Scientific American and NYU Tandon School of Engineering take a quantum leap forward with our Next Generation Professional Learning program. 

As leaders in science, technology and education with over 300 years of combined experience, our courses combine the best of what live and virtual learning have to offer—both Lectures and Office Hours.

Lectures are presented as interactive learning modules. These modules consist of high-quality production video and graphics mixed with interactive elements that enrich the learning experience yet retain the flexibility and convenience of an online course. Our lectures are designed to keep students thoroughly engaged.

Live Q&A Sessions are real-time, virtual office hours that allow students to interact and share ideas with fellow learners and the instructor through video, screen sharing, chat rooms, interactive polling and a built-in phone and VOIP line. These live sessions embrace the concept of peer-to-peer learning, allowing all participants to exchange ideas in this unique educational community.

Class Size: By keeping class size to about 30 students, our courses encourage active learning and participation. The number of students per class will vary depending on the popularity of each course. Scientific American and NYU Tandon are committed to providing a more personal educational experience than one would receive in a large lecture hall or MOOC.

Time Commitment: We know you are busy, so we’ve designed our courses to be completed in just 5 days.

Our short courses consist of:

Registration and Government Restrictions

Due to government distance education regulations, we are temporarily unable to accept students from the following 7 states: Alabama, Alaska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin. We are filing the necessary paperwork to secure authorization, and we thank you for your patience. We expect to complete the process for most states in 2016, but some states may require more time. 

Texas. We are able to admit students from Texas, but please note the following. New York University and the Professional Learning Program are not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code. New York University’s programs are approved and regulated by the New York State Department of Education and Board of Regents. To contact these agencies or to file a complaint, please refer to the instructions on this page.

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What To Expect

Students will receive access to their courses about 7 days before the course start date. Prior to that, we will hold optional orientation webinars. We strongly encourage  students to participate in the orientation webinars. NYU Tandon will notify enrolled students of webinar dates and times via email. Webinars will also be announced via Scientific American's Facebook page and Twitter feed. 

Technical requirements, including necessary software, can be found here.

After you have completed a course, NYU Tandon will provide a certificate of completion upon request. Contact information can be found here.


A full refund will be provided upon request up to 10 days before the course start date. Contact information can be found here.


Information submitted through this site is subject to Scientific American’s privacy policy.  In addition, your information will be shared with NYU Tandon, and delivery of our Professional Learning courses is handled by NYU through its website. Click here for information on NYU Tandon's privacy practices.

About IEEE Accreditation

All courses are eligible for 5 Professional Development Hours (0.5 Continuing Education Units or CEUs) through the IEEE Certificates Program. NYU Tandon is an approved IEEE education provider under this program. 

About Scientific American

Scientific American is at the heart of Nature Publishing Group's consumer media division, meeting the needs of the general public. Founded in 1845, Scientific American is the oldest continuously published magazine in the U.S. and the leading authoritative publication for science in the general media. Together with and 14 local language editions around the world it reaches more than 5 million consumers and scientists. Other titles include Scientific American MIND and Spektrum der Wissenschaft in Germany. Scientific American won a 2011 National Magazine Award for General Excellence.

About NYU Tandon School of Engineering

New York University Tandon School of Engineering is a comprehensive school of engineering, applied sciences, technology and research, and is rooted in a 158-year tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. The institution, founded in 1854, is the nation’s second-oldest private engineering school. In addition to its main campus in New York City at MetroTech Center in downtown Brooklyn, it also offers programs at sites throughout the region, around the globe and remotely through NYU-Tandon Online. NYU Tandon is an integral part of NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU Shanghai and the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) in downtown Brooklyn. For more information, please visit NYU Tandon.

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