Strategic Design and Management
Strategic Design and Management (MS) Application Instructions
The Strategic Design and Management program seeks students who want to become the game changers of the new economy and its new actors, digital firms, social information networks, and co-productive individuals. Motivated by the opportunities of our transforming economic landscape, committed to contributing new business models, innovative organizational designs, and progressive architectures for cyberspace, and determined to shift paradigms, students of various professional and academic backgrounds, experiences, and trajectories that want to not only change their own course, but help shape the future of business through design management practices are invited to apply.
Applicants who wish to be considered for a Dean's Scholarship should submit a complete application by January 1. Applications received after January 1 will be considered on a rolling basis.
Spring term admission is not offered for this program.
You can download these instructions (PDF).
Parsons graduate programs use a self-managed application process. Submit your application online and 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 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: 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.
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. Transcripts uploaded with the online application are considered unofficial.
- All transcript uploads must be accompanied by a key, a legend, or the back copy of the transcript.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Upload Transcript Issue” and give a detailed description of the issue and attach the document in question.
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
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.
- Parchment Exchange
- Naviance by Hobsons
- SCRIP-SAFE International
- National Student Clearinghouse
International Academic Credentials: All transcripts not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
International Academic 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.
- Résumé: Submit a brief résumé or curriculum vitae summarizing your academic qualifications, work experience, volunteer or community work, travel, exhibitions, public speaking, or 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 career?
- 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. 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, 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.
The TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement may be waived for applicants who have earned a 4-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 English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Students must pass Level 6 to waive the TOEFL requirement. Visit the ESL website for more information.
- GRE or GMAT (optional): Although not required, if you took the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), scores may be submitted to support your application. GRE scores should be sent electronically. The institution code 2638. Mail GMAT scores to the Office of Admission with an Application Materials Cover Sheet.
- Portfolio (optional): You can submit a portfolio with your application—note this is optional. The portfolio must be completed in SlideRoom only and is limited to 10 visual items. While the absence of such visual support will not reduce your chances of being accepted to the program, a careless and hastily submitted selection of visuals will decrease your chances for consideration. The items have to be directly related to your motivation for studies in the program and have to be integrated with the topics of your personal essay. The visuals should contain enough explanation to allow for the reviewers to identify your understanding of the design principles, methods, processes, and projects that you chose to represent. Visit SlideRoom to submit a visual portfolio.
- Interview: Students may be invited for an interview in person or by phone.