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, we offer two types of courses for students to choose from: Active Learning and On Demand. All of our courses combine the best of live and virtual learning with both Lectures and an “Engagement” Component where students have the opportunity to interact.

Active Learning Courses

Active Learning courses are scheduled over 1-2 weeks, depending on the instructor, and consist of two components:

The scheduled “live” sessions are real-time, virtual office hours that allow students to engage in active discussions 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.

To encourage active learning and participation, class size for Active Learning courses is restricted to about 30 students.

Assessment and Certificate: After you have completed an Active Learning course, NYU Tandon will provide a Certificate of Completion upon request. Contact information can be found here.

On Demand Courses

On Demand courses are scheduled over an extended block of time* (usually 6 months) and also have two components:

*Please note: Content is available for the period of time designated for each course. So, for example, for a course offered from May 1 through December 1, a student signing up on August 5 would have access from approximately August 8 through December 1. The earlier you sign up, the longer you have access.

Assessment and Certificate: After you have completed an On Demand course, you will have the option to receive a Certificate of Completion by passing a Mastery Exam on the course content. Students receiving an exceptionally high score (>90%) on the Mastery Exam will receive a Certificate of Distinction. Contact information can be found here.

Registration, Access and Technology

Students will receive access to Active Learning course content about 7 days before the course start date. Students will receive access to On Demand course content immediately upon activation of an NYU ID, which takes approximately 5 business days after registering on

To help you get started with your course, NYU Tandon provides how-to videos and one live optional orientation session per month. NYU Tandon will notify enrolled students of orientation sessions dates and times via email. Individual support is also available upon request.

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

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. 

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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For Active Learning courses, a full refund will be provided upon request up to 3 days after the course start date, provided you have not accessed the course materials.

For On Demand courses, a full refund will be provided upon request up to 14 days after your NYU ID is assigned, provided you have not accessed the course materials.  

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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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