U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

The New School for Social Research uses an online application system. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the Admission Office.

Please follow the instructions carefully. An incomplete application or one submitted incorrectly can lead to delays during the processing of your application. You may also download these instructions (PDF).

The New School for Social Research uses the "Self-Managed Application Process." Applicants are asked to submit all supplemental materials mailed in one packet, whenever possible. Include an Application Materials Cover Sheet (PDF) with all materials submitted by mail.

A completed application consists of the following materials:


Complete the online application form.

Application Fee

A non-refundable $50 application fee is paid as part of the online application.


  • Unofficial Transcripts
    Applicants must upload an unofficial transcript, mark sheet, or academic record for each institution (even if you didn’t receive a degree) in the Educational Background section of the online application. These copies must be uploaded before you submit the application. All transcripts uploads must be accompanied by a key, legend, or the back copy of the transcript. All uploaded transcripts are considered unofficial.

    Non-English transcripts must be accompanied by an English translation. Records from non-U.S. Institutions must have grades or marks and contain a copy of diploma if the degree has been conferred.

    Make sure your name appears on the transcript/record. Scans must be clear and legible. Do not mail materials that have been uploaded with the online application or any other materials unless requested by the admission office.

    If you experience trouble uploading your transcript email enroll@newschool.edu with the subject line “Upload Transcript Issue” and give a detailed description of the issue and attach the document in question.

    The New School reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admissions process. Any fraudulent activity or discrepancies found between uploaded and official transcripts will result in the immediate revocation of admission and/or dismissal from The New School.
  • Official Transcripts
    Applicants offered admission will be required to submit official transcripts (as well as official certified translations and evaluations of the transcripts/mark sheets and degree certifications if the degree was earned outside of the U.S.) to The New School.

    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.

    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 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
    Please contact the Office of Graduate Admission for questions about transfer requirements.
  • Foreign Credentials
    All transcripts not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English 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 www.wes.org for instructions and to begin the application process. The "Required Documents" section will explain what to send. If you request your report online, search for "New School NSSR" 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.
  • Electronic Transcripts
    The New School will accept 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.


Two letters of recommendation are required for all programs. When possible, recommendations should be from faculty members who have instructed the applicant in the same field in which he or she plans to study. Recommenders may submit recommendations online, and instructions are included with the online application. If preferred, the recommendation form may 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 personal information, save the form, and forward to recommender for completion and submission. Applicants may also send signed and sealed recommendations to the Office of Admission using an Application Materials Cover Sheet.


Upload a current resume/CV.

GRE Results (Must send official scores)

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.

Writing Sample

All applicants must submit an academic writing sample. The sample must be in English and demonstrate that the applicant asks important questions, responds to them methodically and scientifically, and is familiar with the conventions of academic writing (citation, attribution, bibliography, etc.). The sample may be a term paper submitted for a previous course, an undergraduate or graduate thesis, or a published journal article. Applicants who do not have suitable examples of previous work may write an academic paper expressly for the purpose of the application. The sample must be solely the work of the applicant; co-authored works will not be accepted. Applicants for admission to MA study should ideally submit a sample of 10-20 pages, though larger samples will be accepted. Applicants for direct admission to PhD study should submit samples more substantial in size and sophistication. A maximum of 48 pages can be uploaded into the online system. Please bear in mind that the time available to the Admission Committee for reading each application is limited.

Two Personal Essays

Submit/upload only one document file that contains both Part One: Autobiographical Essay, and Part Two: Academic Interests.

  • Essay 1
    Autobiographical Essay (250-500 word limit, 2-pages). Describe the influences in your life and the experiences you have had which have led you to apply to this program. If you have accomplishments of which you are particularly proud you may describe them in a short paragraph. If there is anything in your record which requires explanation you may discuss it briefly in this essay.
  • Essay 2
    Academic Interests (500-750 word limit, 3-pages). Please describe the academic and intellectual interests, progress, and achievements that have contributed to your decision to apply for post-graduate study. You should include a thoughtful description of your tentative plan of study or area of inquiry at The New School for Social Research as you now envision it, the kind of research questions you intend to pursue, and what you hope or expect to do after you've completed the degree. In addition, include a stringent self-assessment of your work as a scholar, pointing out strengths and weaknesses. If you have not been enrolled as a student in the past five years, we would like to know what opportunities and challenges you foresee in pursuing your program choice, as well as how you expect to change your career path after completing this program.

Applications for students wishing to be considered for full fellowships must be completed by January 15. All applications completed by January 15 will be processed by mid-March. Applications received or completed after January 15 are considered for admission and financial aid on a rolling basis. An application is not considered complete until all required documents have been received by the Admission Office. The spring deadline is November 15. Spring entry is an option for all programs.

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