Musical Theater BFA Application Info | Bachelor's Program

Application Information

  • Applicants for the BFA in Musical Theatre must be graduates of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) Integrated* Program. The New School's Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students will assign 60 transfer credits for the AMDA Integrated Program. Accepted students may be able to transfer an additional 24 credits for courses completed at other colleges or universities.

    *AMDA Studio graduates should apply for admission to The New School's BS in Liberal Arts program.

    Note: It is possible to earn up to 12 undergraduate credits at The New School without applying for formal admission. Go to Continuing Education to see the range of courses available. If a student is subsequently admitted to a degree program, credits earned in continuing education courses at The New School can usually be applied to the degree program.

    Former students seeking readmission must contact the Office of Admission for application instructions.

    Priority Deadlines for Applications

    June 1 for fall term admission
    November 1 for spring term admission
    April 1 for summer term admission

    All application materials must be received in the Office of Admission by the deadline for priority consideration. Late applications may be considered, but financial aid may not be available.

    How to Apply

    Plan ahead to meet your application deadline. It takes time for transcripts and other supporting documents to reach The New School. All applicants are required to use the online application. The application fee and most supporting documents can be submitted online with the application form. A personal interview may be requested after your application documents have been received and reviewed. A complete application to the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students includes the following items:

    • Application
    • The $50 nonrefundable application fee
    • Official transcripts from AMDA and every college or university previously attended. If you have earned fewer than 24 college credits, your official high school transcript or official GED score report is required.
    • Three short essays (described in the application form instructions), in which you discuss your personal academic and life goals
    • A current résumé
    • Interview

    Read the detailed application instructions provided with the online application form. You can also download the instructions. Applicants who are applying to enter the Riggio Honors Program: Writing and Democracy must submit a writing portfolio with their other application documents. Follow the link for more information about the Riggio program and the supplemental application materials. Any documents not submitted online can be mailed to the Office of Admission Undergraduate (see address in Contact box) with an application materials cover sheet.


    All applicants must provide official high school and/or college transcripts. If you are currently in school, submit transcripts for all coursework taken to date. Applicants who have attended multiple high schools can submit only the graduating school's official transcript as long as all prior coursework is reflected on that transcript.

    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 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 language translation.

    Foreign Credentials with Transfer Credits

    See special requirements for transcript evaluation.

    Electronic Transcripts

    The New School will accept electronic transcripts sent from the following approved vendors:

    • National Student Clearinghouse
    • Naviance by Hobsons
    • Parchment, which includes Avow Systems Inc. and Docufide Inc.
    • SCRIP-SAFE International

    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.

    International Applicants

    See special requirements for English language proficiency.

    Costs and Financial Aid

    Speak to an admission counselor about options for financing your education.

    Visit the Registrar's website for current tuition and fees information and other estimated costs of attendance. All admitted students are automatically considered for available New School scholarships and grants. Students are notified of financial aid in their letters of acceptance.

    If you are a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen, we encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be found at You do not have to wait for an admission decision to apply for federal aid. The New School's federal school code is 002780.

    Additional Information

    Successful applicants will receive a letter of acceptance with detailed information about financial aid, housing, registration, student visas (for nonresidents of the United States), and other matters.

    All materials submitted as part of your application become the property of The New School and cannot be returned to you or transmitted to a third party.

    A student can apply to only one department or program at The New School in any given term. Applicants who file more than one application in a given semester will be required to withdraw one of the applications, and application fees will not be refunded.

    If you are applying for readmission, please complete the Application for Readmission form and follow the submission instructions.

  • The New School has been regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1960. For more information, visit Accreditation and State Regulatory Authorizations. Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104. 216.284.5000