Design Studies (MA) Application Instructions
The Admission Committee will make a decision on your application only
after all the required materials have been received. The priority deadline for fall semester admission is January 10, and applicants who wish to be considered for a Dean's Scholarship must submit a complete application packet by January 10.
Applications completed after January 10 will be considered if places are available or may be rolled over to the next open admission period.
Spring term applicants must submit by November 1 to be considered for a Dean's Scholarship. International applicants for spring should apply by October 1 to be considered for a Dean's Scholarship.
You can download these instructions (PDF).
Parsons graduate programs use a self-managed application process. Submit your application online. Mail any supplemental application materials, preferably in a single packet, to the Office of Admission. Include a materials cover sheet (PDF), which can be downloaded from the supplemental forms section of the online application.
Applicants must submit the following items to the Office of Admission.
- Application Form: Complete the online application.
- Application Fee: Pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee. (A credit card is required to submit the online application.)
Unofficial Transcripts: You must upload an unofficial transcript 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. Non-English transcripts must be accompanied by an English translation. Make sure your name appears on the transcript or record. Scans must be clear and legible. Email or fax copies will not be accepted.
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 or 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 have trouble uploading your transcript, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Upload Transcript Issue,” give a detailed description of the problem 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 or mark sheets and degree certifications if the degree was earned outside of the United States) 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 received 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 request that institutions send transcripts directly to the Office of Graduate Admission.
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 Parsons" 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:
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.
- National Student Clearinghouse
- Naviance by Hobsons
- Parchment, which includes Avow Systems Inc. and Docufide Inc.
- SCRIP-SAFE International
- Résumé: Submit a brief résumé or curriculum vitae summarizing your academic qualifications, relevant work experience, volunteer or community work, travel, exhibitions, public speaking, and any other relevant experiences as they may relate to your field of study, including dates and positions held. Please also note any special language or computer skills that you have.
- Two-part essay: Please submit a two-part essay as part of a single Word document. Your submission should not exceed five pages total.
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 Interests (500–b750 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.
- Recommendations: You are required to submit two letters of recommendation from faculty or people with whom you have worked professionally. 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.
- TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE: If English is not your native language, you must 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.
Students required to take these tests can obtain additional 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 English language test requirement. Visit the ESL website for more information.
- Interview: Students who meet the requirements outlined above may be invited for an interview in person or by phone.
- Writing Sample (optional): Although it is not required, you can submit a writing sample that you feel reflects your strengths as a critical thinker and writer for this program. The writing sample should be a single document no more than ten pages in length.