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        The New School for Social Research
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    • The New School for Social Research offers degree programs from each of our prestigious departments. We're here to guide you through the application process.

      Please read the information below carefully to ensure you don't miss any important application materials or deadlines. When you're ready, begin your application.

      1. Before You Apply

      Most students applying to The New School for Social Research are seeking admission to an MA program. Students who have already completed an MA in relevant discipline may apply for admission to doctoral study. Students without an MA in a relevant discipline cannot be admitted directly into the PhD program. If you'd like to learn more about our academic departments and degree programs, visit the Academics section of our website.

      Prior Degree Completion

      Graduate degree applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited American college or university or the equivalent degree from a foreign college or university. Applicants in the process of completing the bachelor's degree may apply for admission. Admission to the program relies on completion of the bachelor's degree.

      2. Begin Your Application

      To apply to our graduate programs, you must complete The New School's online application. Save your work frequently as you complete sections of the application. All required fields and uploads must be completed prior to submitting your application. Application requirements are outlined in the section below.

      Additional Documents

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

      Application Fees

      The application fee is $50. The fee is paid through the online application and is non-refundable.

      3. Prepare Your Application Materials

      The application materials below are required for those applying to our graduate programs. Please read the information carefully and let us know if you have any questions.

      4. Submitting Your Application

      After you have completed all the requirements listed above, made arrangements for your transcripts to be sent to The New School, and contacted your recommenders, your application is ready to submit. If you need any help or have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Admission.

      Additional Information & Instructions

      Application and Financial Aid Deadlines

      Application Deadlines

      The New School for Social Research accepts applications on a rolling basis. The deadlines are as follows:

      Spring Application Deadlines

      • Priority Deadline: October 15, rolling after that date

      Fall Application Deadlines

      • Fellowship Deadline: January 7

      • International Applicant Deadline: June 15

      • Final Deadline for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents: August 1

      FAFSA Priority Deadlines

      • Spring FAFSA Priority Deadline: November 1

      • Fall FAFSA Priority Deadline: February 1

      Financial Aid and Scholarships

      Merit Scholarships

      All admitted students are considered for merit scholarship awards determined by the strength of their applications. Scholarship awards are included in applicants’ admission decision letters. International students are eligible only for merit scholarships.

      Federal Student Aid

      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 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. Submit your FAFSA by our FAFSA Priority Deadlines in the section below.

      Additional Financial Aid and Funding Opportunities

      For more information about other sources of financial aid, funding, and scholarships, visit the Financial Aid and Funding Opportunities section of our website.

      Have a Question?

      Contact the Admission Office to arrange a visit or to ask about the application process, courses, faculty, and extracurricular programs. You can also ask to speak with a current student enrolled in your area of interest, or browse our Frequently Asked Questions.

      Checking Your 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 transcripts and recommendations 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.

      If you need to change your email address, mailing address, or other contact information, email the Office of Admission.

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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.


To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.