• Application Instructions

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    • The Admission Process

      The New School is a place where scholars, artists, performers, and designers find the support they need to challenge convention and fearlessly create positive change in the world. We seek to identify students who are committed to change, social justice, sustainability, and community engagement. Our admission process goes beyond traditional markers of success, such as test scores and rankings in support of finding these students.

      Application and Financial Aid Deadlines

      Application Deadlines

      • Fall Term Applicants: January 15; after January applications are considered on a rolling basis
      • Spring Term Applicants: October 15

      Financial Aid Deadlines

      All applicants admissible into our program are considered for a merit scholarship award that is determined by the strength of their application. Scholarship award notification is communicated at the same time as the admission decision. International students are eligible only for merit scholarships. If you are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, we encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be found on the Web at www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA is available each year on October 1. (The New School’s federal school code is 002780.) You do not need to wait for an admission decision to apply for federal aid; we recommend submitting by our February 1 Fall term FAFSA priority deadline.

      Application Instructions

      All applicants are required to apply online. Save your work frequently and print a copy for your records. You must complete all required fields and uploads prior to submission.

      Any additional supporting documents that need to be sent by mail must include an Application Materials Cover Sheet. All supporting materials must be received before your application can be reviewed.

      Applicants for this Master of Arts degree must have completed a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent upon enrollment.

      See below for additional information regarding submission of transcripts and recommendations.

      How to Apply


      Complete the Complete the online application. Applicants must also complete the essay with the Application. The essay will prompt you to let us know more about your interest in joining our community and why you would be a good fit for The New School.

      Application Fee

      A nonrefundable $50 application fee is required as part of the online application.


      The portfolio must be completed in GetAcceptd.com only. Submit a portfolio of up to twenty items that demonstrates your work and experience which make you an excellent candidate for the Master’s of Arts Management and Entrepreneurship. These items may include video or audio files of live performances, audio files of studio recordings, drawings, scenarios, research outcomes, photography, video clips, websites, blog URLs, essays, or examples of your work in other formats that you feel best convey your work and process. Please include a brief description of each project, along with its title and date of completion. Also, provide an outline of your specific role in any team-based project. If you have dynamic media or other time-based work, you can also upload it using GetAcceptd.com.

      Official Transcripts

      Official transcripts must be provided for every undergraduate or graduate institution attended for course credit. We will expect an official transcript from each institution listed in the Academic History section of the application. Although not required, an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) may be uploaded with your application.

      How To Submit Transcripts By Mail: Official transcripts should have an original signature or a raised university seal, and must be in a sealed envelope that has been signed or stamped by the issuing university’s registrar or records office. Applicants can either send official transcripts with an Application Materials Cover Sheet or request that institutions send transcripts directly to The New School. See “Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials” below for our mailing address.

      How To Submit Electronic Transcripts (U.S./Domestic Institutions Only): The New School accepts electronic transcripts only from our approved vendors. The New School’s approved vendors, in order of preference, are

      • Naviance
      • Parchment Exchange
      • SCRIP-SAFE International
      • National Student Clearinghouse

      We do not accept electronic transcripts sent directly by a student or school offices.

      Additional Information For Submission of International Academic Credentials: All international academic credentials must be submitted as indicated in the International Applicants section below.

      Recommendation Letter

      Two letters of recommendation are required. Recommenders can submit recommendations online; instructions are included with the online application. If preferred, the recommendation form can instead be sent by mail in a signed, sealed envelope. To send by mail, download the PDF recommendation form found in the online application, complete the personal information, save the form, and forward it to the recommender for completion and submission. Applicants can also send signed and sealed recommendations to the Office of Admission using an Application Materials Cover Sheet.

      International Applicants

      Official International Transcripts

      International Academic Credentials: Regardless of curriculum, all students must submit a record of their academic history. Students applying directly from high school or secondary school are required to submit a record of their coursework and grades/marks from the duration of their high school program. All transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

      International Academic Credentials with Transfer Credits: Applicants who attended postsecondary institutions outside of the United States are required to have their transcript(s) evaluated by World Education Services (WES), or by another member of the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES). A course-by-course evaluation must be prepared for each transcript.

      If using WES, visit www.wes.org for instructions and to begin the application process. The “Required Documents” section will explain what to send. If you request your report online, search for “The New School” when selecting our institution. WES will send your completed evaluation directly to The New School.

      If using another NACES provider, follow instructions for that provider. Mailed evaluations and translations should be sent to the mailing address provided for supporting materials. Applicants forwarding these sealed documents should include an Application Materials Cover Sheet.

      Test Scores

      All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores. The recommended minimum score for TOEFL (IB) is 100, for IELTS is 7.0, and for PTE is 65. Our TOEFL institution code is 2521.

      The New School does not require TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores for applicants who have earned a four-year degree from a U.S. college/university or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (minimum of three years attendance). Upon review of your application the Office of Admission may require you to submit an English Language Proficiency test score to further evaluate your candidacy.

      Arrange for the testing service to send your test scores directly to The New School using the institution codes listed above. We accept scores for tests taken within the past two years. If your scores are older, you must retake the test. For more information and/or to locate testing centers, visit the TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE websites.

      Additional Information and Instructions

      Applying to More Than One Program

      In any given term, a student can apply to only one department or program within The New School. Applicants who file more than one application in a given semester will be required to withdraw one of the applications, and application fees will not be refunded.

      Application Materials

      All materials submitted in association with The New School application become the property of The New School and cannot be returned to you or transmitted to a third party.


      The Application for Readmission should be completed by students who wish to return after an absence of four semesters (fall and spring). If you would like to apply for readmission, review the readmission deadlines and requirements in the Readmission section of our How to Apply information.

      Application Status

      Applications become complete and ready for review once all required items have been received by the Office of Admission. You can check your application status online at the Admission Hub.

      Allow at least 14 days from the date you submitted your application for items to be matched and shown as received on the Hub. Applicants are responsible for following up with schools and recommenders to confirm that items have been sent.

      The Office of Admission will periodically notify applicants by email if their file is missing any documents and again when their file is complete for review. These notifications are sent to the email address provided in the online application.

      Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials

      College of Performing Arts
      Office of Admission (MC 100)
      79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
      New York, NY 10003

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To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.


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