The Admission Committee will make a decision on your application only after all the required materials have been received. You can download instructions (PDF).
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.
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.
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.
The New School accepts electronic transcripts only from our approved vendors. The New School’s approved vendors in order of preference are
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.
All transcripts not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All mailed application materials and correspondence must be sent to the following address, accompanied by the MFA Application Materials Cover Sheet (PDF):
The New School for Drama
Office of Admission
79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
New York, NY 10003
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.
You can also contact the Office of Admission by phone at 212.229.5150 or by email at DramaAdmissions@NewSchool.edu.
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The New School for Drama
Welcome Center | Office of Admission
72 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040