The New School for Social Research

Admission

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the deadline for applying for admission?

    The deadline to be considered for full-tuition fellowships for the fall term is January 15. We will continue to accept fall applications on a rolling basis. The deadline for fall term regular applicants if August 1. The deadline for fall term international applicants is June 1. The deadline for spring term applicants is October 15. Spring entry is an option for the MA and Certificate programs.

    I can't afford the $50 application fee. Can it be waived or deferred?

    The New School waives application fees for those who meet the eligibility guidelines outlined on the Apply Online website.

    Do I have to take the GRE?

    Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required of all applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who completed their bachelor’s degree within the five years preceding the date of submission of their application. International applicants or applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who completed their bachelor’s degree more than five years previous to the date of application submission may apply without submitting GRE scores. GRE results should be sent by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) directly to the Office of Graduate Admission. The institution code is 2501.

    Do I have to take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE?

    A TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score is not required for applicants whose primary language is English, or for applicants who have earned a four-year degree from a U.S. college/university or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction. For more information, please refer to the application instructions.

    When will I hear about my admissions decision?

    The decision for applications that are complete by the January 15 deadline will be communicated by mail in mid-March. Decisions for applications received thereafter will be communicated by mail on a rolling basis.

    I've been accepted. How long do I have to accept the offer of admission?

    You have four weeks from the date of your offer of admission to return the Admission Reply Form along with a $500 non-refundable tuition deposit to hold your place at The New School for Social Research. If you require additional time, please contact our office and we will try to accommodate you.

    Can I defer my admission?

    Deferral guidelines can be found on the Accepted Students website.

    How do I apply for fellowships and scholarships?

    Students who complete the application process by January 15 will be considered for full fellowship awards. Applications received or completed after January 15 are considered for partial scholarship awards and other forms of financial aid on a rolling basis.

    How do I apply for loans?

    You will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if you wish to apply for federal or private loans. For more information, see Financial Aid and Scholarships in the Academic Affairs section of this website.

    How long do the MA programs take to complete?

    The MA is designed as a two-year program. Most students complete the MA within two years.

    I only want to take a few courses at The New School for Social Research. How do I apply for non-degree status?

    For non-degree/non-matriculation status, you need to submit the Non-Degree Application for Admission, a two-page statement of purpose and one letter of recommendation, the $50 application fee, and undergraduate transcripts showing proof of a Bachelor's degree. You may take up to three courses as a non-degree student over a one-year period. Please contact the Office of Admission .

    Are counselors available for advising?

    Counselors are available on an appointment basis. Contact the Office of Admission to arrange an appointment by calling 212.229.5150.

    Is student housing available?

    Yes. Please see the Housing section of this website.

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