The Admission Committee will make a decision on your application only when all the required materials have been received.
Applicants who wish to be considered for a Dean's Scholarship must submit the complete application packet by January 1. Applications received after January 1 may still be considered for next fall term admission on a case-by-case basis only.
Spring term applicants to the New York campus must submit by
November 1 to be considered for a Dean's Scholarship. International
applicants for spring must apply by October 1 to be considered for a
Dean's Scholarship. Spring term admission is not available for the Paris campus.
You can download these instructions (PDF).
Parsons graduate programs use a self-managed application process: You submit your application online and then mail any supplemental application materials, preferably in a single packet, to the Office of Admission. A Materials Cover Sheet, which can also be downloaded from the Supplemental Forms section of the online application, must accompany all mailed materials.
Submit the following items to the Office of Admission:
Part One: Autobiographical Statement (250-500 word limit). In a short autobiographical statement, tell us about yourself. You can write about your education, your family, your talents and passions, particular intellectual influences, people you have met, work you’ve done that has shaped the person you have become, or about significant places or events in your life, especially as it relates to your field of study. In addition, use this portion of the essay to explain any strengths or weaknesses you may have (examples: low GPA, lack of experience, significant interruption in work or studies, unique skills and achievements as they relate to the program, or any other information you want to share). Your writing should be informative and reflective of your own voice.
Part Two: Academic Statement of Interest (500-750 word limit). Please describe the academic and intellectual interests, progress, and achievements that have contributed to your decision to apply for graduate study in this field. You should include a thoughtful description of your tentative plan of study or area of inquiry in the field as you now envision it, the kind of research questions you intend to pursue, your professional goals, and how this graduate program will help you realize those goals. In addition, include a self-assessment of your work as a scholar, pointing strengths and weaknesses. If you have not enrolled as a student in the past five years, please address anticipated opportunities and challenges in pursuing the degree, and future career expectations upon completion of the program.
Students required to take these tests can obtain further information from the TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE websites.
Applicants also have the option of enrolling in The New School English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Students must pass Level 6 to waive the TOEFL requirement. Visit the ESL website for more information.
Graduate students are automatically considered for merit scholarships as part of the admission. If you are a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen, we encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which can be found on the web at www.fafsa.org. The FAFSA is available each year on January 1. You do not need to wait for an admission decision to apply for federal aid; we recommend submitting by our FAFSA priority deadlines:
Fall: March 1
Spring: November 1
The New School's federal school code is 002780.
Parsons Graduate Programs
Office of Admission
72 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY, 10011
All mailed materials must be accompanied by a Materials Cover Sheet (Adobe PDF).
Email us Phone: 212.229.5150Fax: 212.627.2695
TOEFL and GRE: The institution code for The New School is 2638.