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  • Contact Us

    General Admission Contact
    The New School for Social Research
    Office of Admission
    79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
    New York, NY 10003
    212.229.5600 or 800.523.5411
    [email protected]

    Admission Liaison
    Samuel Yelton

    Committee on Liberal Studies
    6 East 16th Street, room 711A
    New York, NY 10003
    Tel: 212.229.2747 x3026
    Fax: 212.229.5473 

    Mailing Address
    79 Fifth Avenue, room 711A
    New York, NY 10003

    Chair
    Paul Kottman

    Secretary
    Silvana Alvarez Basto

    Student Advisor
    Quinn Mason

    Liberal Studies Student Handbook

  • Admission

  • Students from the Liberal Studies department critically explore and intensively examine the core issues of our time, establishing intellectual foundations that extend far beyond the classroom experience. Students continue their scholarship at prestigious universities or find employment in their fields of expertise.

    MA alumni have pursued additional study as doctoral students in:

    • Music history, Yale University
    • Ethnomusicology, Columbia University
    • Comparative literature, Northwestern University
    • Politics, The New School for Social Research
    • Cultural studies, George Mason University
    • Communications, Columbia School of Journalism 
    • Journalism and mass communication, The University of Minnesota
    • Modern thought & literature, Stanford University
    • History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • History & sociology of science, University of Pennsylvania
    • Philosophy, The New School for Social Research
    • English literature, The Graduate Center CUNY
    • Law, Georgia State University

    Alumni also work in the following sectors:

    Media

    • Editor, Washington Post
    • Researcher and producer, Radiolab
    • Founding editor in chief, LITERALIA (Mexico)
    • Digital editor, Egmont
    • Assistant managing editor, Asymptote journal
    • Writer, Metropollination
    • Proofreader, Geotext Translations
    • Freelance digital strategist
    • Freelance writer and editor
    • Editorial assistant, Futurepoem Books
    • Head of content, Virtual Futures
    • Co-producer, The Europeans Podcast (The Netherlands)
    • Transcriber, Tow Center for Digital Journalism
    • Founder, Yonkers International Press
    • Coordinator, booking & marketing, Home Made Docs (Israel)
    • Editor, Melville House
    • Photographer, Zig Media

    Nonprofits and NGOs

    • Founder and director, Redymencion (Mexico)
    • Development manager, Independent Curators International
    • Research director, Project Continua
    • Community integration specialist, Elmcrest Children's Center
    • Activist and advocate for prisoners' rights 
    • Volunteer advisor, Citizens Advice
    • Development manager, Project Equity
    • Archivist, The Riverside Church
    • Sales and marketing manager, Center for the Art of Translation
    • Public information officer, OHCHR (Switzerland)

    Education, Libraries, and Museums

    • Creative director, Brooklyn Public Library
    • Manager of academic planning, The New School
    • Faculty fellow, University of King's College (Canada)
    • Teacher, Albanian International School
    • Research assistant, Art Institute of Chicago
    • Adjunct English professor, Pace University
    • Research assistant, Universiteit Gent
    • Professor, College of Westchester
    • ASAP advsior, LaGuardia Community College
    • Director of student success, Outlier.org
    • Substitute teacher, NYC Department of Education
    • Head esports coach, Mars Hill University
    • Instructor & essay coach, LogicPrep
    • Teacher, Universidad del Norte (Colombia)
    • Visiting assistant professor, The New School
    • Advisor, Sterling College
    • Assistant professor, Maastricht University
    • Special education/ ELA teacher, Abraham Lincoln High School
    • Adjunct faculty, Adler University 
    • Adjunct professor, Long Island Business Institute
    • Senior research associate, Yale Law School
    • Post doctoral fellow, Tulane University
    • Teacher, The Masters School
    • Mathematics instructional coach, Bright Star Schools
    • Associate professor, University of Notre Dame
    • Postdoctoral research fellow, Agder University (Norway)
    • Marcia Tucker senior research fellow, New Museum of Contemporary Art

    Government

    • Legal advisor, Punjab Commission on the Status of Women in Pakistan

    Business

    • Strategic planning lead, RAPP Healthwell
    • Project coordinator, TransPerfect
    • Junior producer/ music researcher, Adelphoi Music Ltd
    • SVP, director of strategy, Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness
    • Communications consultant, Bizaline
    • Co-founder & managing director, Bioma Food Hub (Brazil)
    • People manager & community engagement specialist, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics North America
    • Contract attorney, PAE
    • Senior client services specialist, KnowledgeWorks Global Ltd.
    • Billing operations manager, CoStar Group
    • Senior research executive, Ipsos Healthcare
    • Director of development, Cabells
    • CRM manager, Oneida Nation Enterprises
    • Research specialist, MIT Corporate Relations

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Undergraduates

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

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Graduates

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