The Admission Committee will make a decision on your application only after all the required materials have been received. You can download instructions (PDF).
For MFA applicants:
Acceptd Submission Instructions
- Begin the New School for Drama MFA online application and save your personal information.
- Log on to The New School for Drama Acceptd portal. There is a small charge for the use of Acceptd.
- Complete and submit your Acceptd submission.
- Enter the Acceptd confirmation code into your New School for Drama MFA online application. Doing this will complete and submit the online portions of the application.
- Application form: Complete the online application.
- Application fee: Pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee. Payment must be made by credit card using the online application form only.
- Transcripts: Please see below for specific transcript submission requirements.
- Two letters of recommendation: 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 the form 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 an Application Materials Cover Sheet.
- Portfolio: This must be submitted online through Acceptd. (CDs, DVDs, slides, original work, PowerPoint presentations, binders, and flash drives are not accepted.) All Drama students are required to submit a portfolio online.
All portfolio requirements are outlined in Acceptd.
Actors: This is where you submit your résumé and headshot.
Directors: This is where you submit your résumé and director's portfolio. This will include production information and reviews if applicable.
Playwrights: This is where you submit your résumé and samples of your writing. Required: one full-length play. Optional: an additional one-act play.
- Statement of Purpose (maximum 500 words): This must be submitted through Acceptd.
- Résumé: This must be submitted through Acceptd.
Actors: Please upload a text document that contains a standard actor's résumé, listing acting experience and theatrical training. Professional résumés are not required.
Directors: Please upload a text document that contains a standard director's résumé, listing work developed, production history, and theatrical and directing training. Professional résumés are not required.
Playwrights: Please upload a text document that contains a standard playwright's résumé, listing works written, production history, and theatrical and writing training. Professional résumés are not required.
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.
Transfer Applicants: The New School for Drama MFA 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.
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 www.wes.org 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 you are 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.
All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores. The minimum score required for TOEFL (IB) is 100, for IELTS is 7.0, and for PTE is 68. (Our TOEFL institution code is 2385.) The TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement may be waived for applicants who have earned a 4-year degree from a U.S. College or University, or for citizens of the following countries whose native language is also English: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, or Common Wealth Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago). 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, visit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.
MFA Auditions and Interviews
Regional Acting Audition Guidelines MFA (PDF)
Acceptance into the program requires auditions in addition to all other materials. Please prepare a three- to four-minute two-person scene from any contemporary dramatic work. Your partner in the scene need not be an applicant to the program. A table and two chairs will be provided for the audition. Keep any props to a minimum; you are responsible for providing any props you require. Wear clothes that suggest what is appropriate for the character you are portraying, but keep in mind that costumes are strongly discouraged, as are dialects. In addition, please prepare a one minute classical monologue. Acting is rooted in several fundamental principles that allow for emotional truth on the stage. These principles include the ability to truly listen to one's partner and to be alive and "in the moment" onstage. It is difficult to tell from a monologue whether an actor possesses these qualities; therefore, we prefer to see the actor in both a contemporary scene and a classical monologue.
If, because of extraordinary circumstances, you are unable to prepare a scene with a partner, you can prepare two monologues: one three-minute contemporary dramatic work and one one-minute classical piece. Please note, however, that we prefer to see a two-person contemporary scene during the audition.
Please note: There are also callback auditions. Callback auditions are by invitation only.
All playwright interviews take place at the school with a member of the Playwriting faculty. It is expected that applicants who are invited to interview for the program will make plans to travel to New York.
Applicants who are invited to audition will direct a scene for the program's Directing faculty; applicants must travel to New York for this phase of the application process.
Note: 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.
Tuition and Financial Aid
All materials submitted to the Office of Admission become the property of The New School for Drama.
When notified of acceptance, applicants will receive complete instructions for additional procedures regarding financial aid, housing, tuition and fees, I-20 visas (for nonresidents of the United States), and other matters. The decision to admit applicants is always contingent upon their successful completion of any current studies and receipt of their final transcripts by the Admission Committee.
Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials
The New School for Drama
Office of Admission
79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
New York, NY 10003