Architecture (MArch) Application Instructions
Applicants for fall term who wish to be considered for the Dean's Scholarship should submit a complete application by the January 10 priority deadline. We will continue to review applications submitted after the priority deadline pending space availability in the program. The Admission Committee will make a decision on your application only after all the required materials have been received.
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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. All mailed materials should be accompanied by the Materials Cover Sheet(Adobe PDF), which can also be downloaded from the Supplemental Forms section of the online application.
Submit the following items to the Office of Admission by the deadline stated above:
- Application Form: Complete the online application.
- Application Fee: Pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee. A credit card is required to submit the online application.
- Official Transcripts: Submit a sealed original copy of your official college transcripts along with your application packet. If that is not possible, instruct the institution(s) to send the transcripts directly to the Office of Admission at the address below. Photocopies are not acceptable.
International Transcripts: All applicants with transcripts from international institutions must submit an original transcript from each institution attended outside the United States. Additionally, a certified English language translation must be provided for all official international transcripts that are not written in English. Applicants who would like to transfer academic credits earned at non-U.S. institutions are also 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 report must be prepared for each transcript. Please start the evaluation process as early as possible, including the submission of all required documents to WES (or another provider), in order to ensure the timely completion of the evaluation report. In addition, an admission counselor may require a transcript evaluation by WES or an NACES-approved evaluator if it is deemed a necessary part of the admission decision process, even when applicants do not want transfer credits applied to a program of interest. Instruct the provider to send the report to
Parsons The New School for Design
Office of Admission
72 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
If applying online, search for “New School Parsons" when requesting our institution.
If your provider is unable to send the evaluation report directly to the Office of Admission, you must obtain a copy yourself and forward it to Parsons along with the Materials Cover Sheet.
- Résumé: Submit a brief résumé/vitae summarizing your academic qualifications, relevant work experience, volunteer/community work, travel, exhibitions, public speaking, or 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. The résumé must be submitted online with the application.
- Statement of Interest and Intentions: (500-750 word limit): 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. 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. The statement of interest must be submitted online with the application.
- Recommendations: Provide two letters of recommendation either from faculty members at a college or university you previously attended or from people with whom you have worked professionally. Your references may submit their recommendations online, or you may forward sealed original letters with your application packet.
- GRE: If English is your native language, submit your scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and general tests (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing).
- TOEFL or IELTS: If English is not your native language, submit results of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The minimum TOEFL score required for acceptance to this program is 92 for the Internet-based exam, 580 for the paper-based, or 237 for the computer-based. A minimum IELTS score required for acceptance to this program is 7.0.
Students required to take the TOEFL can obtain further information from the Educational Testing Service. Additional information for the IELTS can be found on their website at www.ielts.org.
A GRE or TOEFL score is required for all applicants. International students who are native English speakers, or who received a bachelor's degree from a university where English was the primary language of instruction, or who completed ESL level 6 at The New School, must submit a GRE score in place of TOEFL or IELTS.
- Portfolio: This must be in bound-book form and no larger than 9" x 12" (A4). It may include drawings and photographs of projects and samples of other artwork. Mail your portfolio accompanied by a Materials Cover Sheet, which is also available in the Supplemental Forms section of the online application. Do not include slides or digital media, and do not use excessive packaging.