NYUAD offers five degree programs accredited by ABET and the CAA (Commission for Academic Accreditation) in Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and General Engineering. Upon completion of the degree programs, graduates will receive a Bachelor of Science degree and will have gained a sound preparation for careers in research, academia, industry, and the government.

The Engineering program draws upon courses across an array of disciplines:

  • The liberal arts core provides the intellectual breadth, a “license to learn,” preparing students to thrive in a multicultural globalized world, equipped to learn and adapt quickly in areas that evolve with ever-increasing swiftness.

  • Students gain a firm grounding across various science and engineering fields that underscore the technical component of an Engineering education, and they can also draw upon courses across the curriculum to develop an understanding of cultural, political, economic, environmental, ethical and public safety considerations that are integral to Engineering solutions.

  • In their Engineering courses, students are involved in the design process and the progression of technological inventions from concept through product development and market feasibility.

Engineering majors take the four-course sequence, Foundations of Science. This is followed by Engineering Common Courses, a series of six half courses and one full course.

Engineering Common Courses explore fundamental engineering topics of importance to all engineering disciplines, including Mechanics, Conservation Laws, Computer Programming, Digital Logic, Electrical Circuits, Numerical Methods, and Design; they expose students to transdisciplinary technological fields that combine several traditional areas of engineering, complementing the in-depth knowledge acquired in an area of specialization.

Many of the elective courses are connected to one or more of NYUAD's Engineering research areas in Information, Communication, and Electronic Systems; Urban Systems; and Biomedical and Health Systems.

Students, in consultation with their academic mentor, are encouraged to cluster their Engineering electives in one of the three research areas. Students in General Engineering are also encouraged to specialize in one of these areas or in Chemical and Biological Engineering.

It is anticipated that all junior Engineering majors will study away at NYU Tandon School of Engineering for the Spring semester of junior year, where they can benefit from a wide selection of technical electives. Additionally, Engineering majors can also apply for a sophomore-Fall study away semester at NYU Shanghai. Both study away options require the completion of all FOS courses in Abu Dhabi prior to the study away semester.  

Engineering studies are concluded by a two semester long Capstone Design Project experience. The goal of the Capstone Design Project is to provide students with a major design experience that leverages the knowledge and skills acquired through their undergraduate studies. Its structure includes a process of design with measurable metrics, and incorporation of appropriate engineering standards and multiple realistic constraints. Emphasis is placed on clearly framing the design problem and following the design process to result in an optimized design solution. Students are also encouraged to build prototypes of their designs and seek validation of their solutions through simulations and experiments, as appropriate.

Minor in Engineering for Non-Majors

The minor in Engineering is open to all NYUAD non-engineering undergraduates who have taken Foundations of Science 1-4 and Calculus or Calculus with Applications as part of the curriculum in their respective major, such as the Science majors.