All MFA and BFA Applicants

You can fill out your application form, upload your personal essay and artistic résumé, and invite your references to submit their letters of recommendation online. Use the Apply Online link for access to the application, which is the same regardless of the major you are applying for. Please read and follow the MFA application instructions (PDF) or the BFA application instructions (PDF) when completing your application.

Submit your New School application and your Acceptd submissions as early as possible, especially if you are requesting one of the earlier audition dates. MFA and BFA applicants are invited to audition (MFA Acting and BFA Acting Area of Study) or interview (MFA Directing and BFA Directing Area of Study, MFA Playwriting and BFA Playwriting Area of Study, BFA Creative Technology Area of Study) on the basis of their application submissions. Not all applicants will receive an invitation to audition.

MFA Applicants

All MFA applicants to The New School for Drama must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Your completed application, application fee, official transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and Acceptd submissions—statement of purpose, artistic résumé, photograph, production portfolio (directors only), and writing sample (playwrights only)—must be received in the Office of Admission by the application deadline. Applicants are invited to audition on the basis of their application materials. Read and follow the MFA application instructions (PDF) when completing your application.

BFA Applicants

All BFA applicants to The New School for Drama must submit both the completed New School application and the Acceptd portfolio submission by the application deadline. Applicants are invited to audition on the basis of their application materials. Read and follow the BFA application instructions (PDF) when completing your application.


Two letters of recommendation are required. For BFA applicants, one should relate to your academics and one should relate to your dramatic arts experience. 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 your 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 either the BFA Application Materials Cover Sheet (PDF) or the MFA Application Materials Cover Sheet (PDF).


MFA Applicants: 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) can be uploaded with your application.

BFA Applicants: All applicants must provide official high school and/or college transcripts. If you are currently in school, submit transcripts for all coursework taken to date. Applicants who have attended multiple high schools can submit only the graduating school’s official transcript as long as all prior coursework is reflected on that transcript.

Transfer Applicants: Undergraduate transfer applicants who have completed fewer than 24 college credits (on a semester system) must submit high school transcript(s) in addition to college transcripts. The New School for Drama BFA program accepts up to 30 transfer credits. A transfer credit evaluation (TCE) will be completed once all official transcripts are received. Accepted students can request a consultation with the associate director of Drama regarding the acceptance and allocation of transfer credit and plan of study. The New School for Drama MFA program does not accept transfer credit. MFA students complete a full course of study together in order to develop a common vocabulary and strong ensemble.

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.

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

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

We do not accept electronic transcripts sent directly by a student or school offices. Note: All international academic credentials must be submitted as indicated in the International Academic Credentials sections below.

High School Equivalency and Home Schooling: For GED, TASC, and HiSET, send official test score results via postal mail. For Home Schooling, send an official transcript from your sponsoring high school or state home school association. If an official transcript is not available, you are required to submit either a GED, TASC, or HiSET test score results via postal mail.

International Academic Credentials: All transcripts not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

International Academic Credentials with Transfer Credits: Applicants who would like to transfer academic credits earned at non-U.S. institutions are required to have their transcript(s) evaluated by World Education Services (WES), our preferred provider, 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 for instructions and to begin the application process. The “Required Documents” section explains what to send. If you request your report online, search for “New School Drama” 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.

Mailing Address for Supplemental Admission Materials

All mailed application materials and correspondence must be sent to the following address, accompanied by either the BFA Application Materials Cover Sheet (PDF) or the MFA Application Materials Cover Sheet (PDF):

The New School for Drama
Office of Admission
79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
New York, NY 10003

Please do not fax application materials. Faxed applications will not be considered.

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

Visit the Office of Admission

To meet with an admission counselor, join a campus tour, or attend an information session, please visit the Welcome Center, located at 72 Fifth Avenue on the corner of 13th Street. The Welcome Center is your first stop for all in-person admission services.

212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040
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Applying to More Than One Program

Students can apply to only one department or program at The New School in any given term. 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.

Applying for Readmission

If you are applying for readmission to the BFA program, please complete the Application for Readmission form and follow the submission instructions.

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