Parsons New York

Application Instructions

  • Applications will become available in September 2015.

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    Application Dates and Deadlines

    • Priority Application Deadline: January 1, 2016
    • Final Application Deadline: March 1, 2016
    • Program Start Date: July 2016


    • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
    • A minimum of five years' professional work experience is recommended, though we will also consider three years of experience for those with a demonstrable background in entrepreneurship in any industry.
    • Interest in leading as an innovative executive

    Applicants must submit the following to the office of admission:

    1. Application Form: Available in September 2015.
    2. Application Fee: Pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee. (A credit card is required for submission of the online application.)
    3. Transcripts:

      Unofficial Transcripts: Applicants must upload an unofficial transcript, mark sheet, or academic record for each institution (even if they didn’t receive a degree) in the Educational Background section of the online application.

      1. All transcript uploads must be accompanied by a key, a legend, or the back copy of the transcript.
      2. 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 the diploma if the degree has been conferred.
      3. Make sure your name appears on the transcript/record. Scans must be clear and legible.
      4. Do not mail materials that have been uploaded with the online application or any other materials unless requested by the admission office.
      5. If you have trouble uploading your transcript, email with the subject line “Upload Transcript Issue”; 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 admission 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. Transcripts uploaded with the online application are considered unofficial.

    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 United States) to The New School. Admitted applicants must submit all official transcripts pertaining to their entire academic career.

    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. Transcripts uploaded with the online application do not satisfy this requirement.

    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 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” for our mailing address.

    Electronic Transcripts (U.S./Domestic Institutions Only): The New School accepts electronic transcripts only from our approved vendors. The New School’s approved vendors in order of preference are: Parchment Exchange
    Naviance by Hobsons
    SCRIP-SAFE International
    National Student Clearinghouse
    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.

    International Academic Credentials: All transcripts not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

    • Résumé: Submit a brief résumé or curriculum vitae summarizing your academic qualifications, work experience, volunteer or community work, travel, exhibitions, public speaking, and any other experiences relevant to your field of study, including dates and positions held. Please also note any special language or computer skills that you have.
    • Statement of Interest and Intentions: Please outline your reasons for applying to this program. In what ways will you contribute to the subject matter of the program? You should include a thoughtful description of your background, tentative plan of study or area of inquiry in the field as you now envision it, your professional goals, and how this graduate program will help you realize those goals. Please be specific about why this program is a good match for your educational and professional goals. If you have not been 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. (250-500 word limit)
    • Personal Essay: A personal essay of 500-1,000 words must accompany the application. The essay must identify your motivation for study in the program by addressing the following topics in an integrated manner (e.g., do not simply provide answers to the bullet points, but develop an integrated and flowing argument):
      • How have your specific work experiences in design, business, consulting, or nonprofit organizations shaped your interest in this program and related professional goals? Why do you think of yourself as a game changer in your current organization?
      • Why do you think this program will enhance your attributes as an innovator, strategist, or leader in your profession?
      • What are some specific critical incidents that you had as part of a team or work group that shaped your understanding of the complexities of professional collaboration, organizational reality, and economic irrationality?
      • What are three things that you can tell us about the future importance of design intelligence?
      • How would you describe this program and your ambition for study in this new field to your friends, family, current employer, and colleagues?
      Please note that this essay is not simply a biographical statement, nor is it a writing sample. You will be evaluated on how well you have articulated your academic and professional preparedness, your consideration of critical issues, and your inspirational and transformational abilities and attributes.
    • Recommendations: You are required to submit two letters of recommendation from faculty or people with whom you have worked professionally, including at least one from your current supervisor at work. Recommenders can submit recommendations online; 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 recommendations by mail, download the PDF recommendation form found in the online application, complete personal information, save the form, and forward 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.
    • TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE: If English is not your native language, submit results of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or PTE (Pearson Test of English). The minimum scores required for acceptance to this program are: TOEFL 92 (Internet-based exam), IELTS 7.0, PTE 63, or a minimum of three years working in an English-speaking setting. An official letter from your Human Resources department, confirming that the principal language at work is English, will suffice. For this latter option, an interview will be required.

      The TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement may be waived for applicants who have earned a four-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).

      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's English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Students must pass Level 6 in order to waive the TOEFL requirement. Visit the ESL website for more information.
    • Interview: Students may be invited for an interview in person or by phone.

    How to Apply

    Applicants are requested to apply online (available September 2015). All required materials should be submitted in advance of the posted deadlines. Deadlines vary by program; please refer to individual program application instructions.

    Submitting an Online Application

    The online application allows you to save and retrieve your application information. You can gather items to fulfill the application requirements and then submit the final application at your convenience. Here is a brief overview of the process:

    Log on to create an application account.

    1. Review and fill in the online application and upload required materials for your program. Please be sure that each page has a title, page number, and your name.
    2. Upload documents in PDF or Word format, proofread your application, and print a copy for your records.
    3. Complete the process by signing electronically, paying the $50 application fee, and submitting the application.
      *Transportation not included.