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  • Admission Requirements

    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

    1. Begin the New School for Drama MFA online application and save your personal information.
    2. Log on to The New School for Drama Acceptd portal. There is a small charge for the use of Acceptd.
    3. Complete and submit your Acceptd submission.
    4. 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.

    Required Materials

    1. Application form: Complete the online application.  
    2. Application fee: Pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee. Payment must be made by credit card using the online application form only.  
    3. Transcripts: Please see below for specific transcript submission requirements.
    4. 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.
    5. 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, headshot, and one-minute Classical Monologue.
      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.
    6. Statement of Purpose (maximum 500 words): This must be submitted through Acceptd.
    7. 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.
      Directors: Please upload a text document that contains a standard director's résumé, listing work developed, production history, and theatrical and directing training.
      Playwrights: Please upload a text document that contains a standard playwright's résumé, listing works written, production history, and theatrical and writing training.


    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.

    Your offer of admission will be contingent upon the receipt and verification of these official documents. New students will not be permitted to register for their second semester of study until all official transcripts (including degree-awarding transcripts) have been received by the Office of Graduate Admission.

    Although not required, an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) can be uploaded with your application.

    By Mail: Official transcripts should have an original signature or a raised university seal and must be received in a sealed envelope that has been signed or stamped by the issuing university’s registrar or records office. Applicants may send official transcripts with an Application Materials Cover Sheet, or applicants can request that institutions send transcripts directly to the Office of Graduate Admission.

    Transfer Applicants: 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 will accept 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 about the acceptance and allocation of transfer credit and the plan of study.

    Foreign Credentials: All transcripts written in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified English language translation.

    Foreign 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 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.

    Electronic Transcripts: The New School accepts electronic transcripts sent from the following approved vendors:

    • National Student Clearinghouse
    • Naviance by Hobsons
    • Parchment, which includes Avow Systems Inc. and Docufide Inc.
    • SCRIP-SAFE International

    We do not accept electronic transcripts sent directly by a student or school offices as official transcripts. This policy does not apply to international documents. All international academic credentials must be translated and evaluated by either WES or another NACES provider.

    International Applicants

    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 can be waived for applicants who have earned a four-year degree from a U.S. college or university and for citizens of the following countries whose native language is also English: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and South Africa. 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.

    Additional Information

    Tuition and Financial Aid

    Submitted Materials

    All materials submitted to the Office of Admission become the property of The New School for Drama.

    Accepted Applicants

    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 Letters of Reference and Transcripts

    The New School for Drama
    Office of Admission
    72 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY 10011

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