Environmental Policy MS Application Info | Milano School

Application Information

  • What We Look for in Applicants

    There is no typical Milano School student. The Master of Science program in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management welcomes applicants of all ages from all walks of life, including working professionals, recent college graduates, and career changers. The only prerequisite to apply is a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Full-time and part-time students are welcome. Applicants who have completed relevant graduate-level courses at this or another college or university may be able to transfer up to nine credits to the Milano School master's program.

    Applications are evaluated on the basis of stated career goals, moral commitment, community involvement, and academic achievement. A decision to admit is based on the committee's belief in your potential to successfully complete an advanced degree. As part of the admission process, your statement of purpose and letters of recommendation are carefully reviewed for evidence of interpersonal skills, maturity, leadership potential, and other qualities.

    We want to get to know you. You are invited to set up an informal informational one-on-one session with one of our admission counselors. It is an opportunity for you to share your passions and goals and learn more about of our program.

    Priority Application Deadlines

    All application materials must be received in the Office of Admission by the deadline date for priority consideration.

    • February 15 for the following fall semester
    • November 1 for the following spring semester
    • Final fall deadline is May 5

    Applications received after the final deadline are evaluated case by case on a rolling basis.

    How to Apply

    The Office of Graduate Admission is available to you during the application process. You are encouraged to email Sharon Greenidge, the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management admission liaison, at greenids@newschool.edu with any questions during the application process.

    Plan ahead to meet the application deadline. It takes time for supporting documents such as official transcripts and reference letters to reach The New School. Your application will not be reviewed until all the required documents have been received by the Office of Admission.

    All applicants (except readmit, nondegree, and visiting) are required to use the online application. The application fee and most supporting documents can be submitted online with the application form. The online application form includes detailed instructions or can also download the instructions (PDF). Please read the instructions carefully before you fill out the application.

    Students who wish to take courses without matriculating (nondegree or visiting) and former students seeking readmission must contact the Office of Admission for application instructions.

    A complete Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management application includes the following items:

    • The application
    • $50 nonrefundable application fee
    • Transcripts from every college or university previously attended, including documentation of undergraduate degree completion or U.S. equivalent
    • A statement of purpose—a 1,000-word explanation of your interest in and preparation for graduate study in environmental policy and sustainability management
    • A résumé or curriculum vitae
    • Two academic and/or professional letters of recommendation
    • Optional: GMAT/GRE scores (welcome but not required)

    Any supporting documents not submitted online can be mailed to the Office of Admission, accompanied by an application materials cover sheet.


    Unofficial Transcripts

    Applicants must upload an unofficial transcript, mark sheet, or academic record for each institution attended (even if they didn't receive a degree) in the Educational Background section of the online application. These copies must be uploaded before you submit the application. All transcripts uploads must be accompanied by a key, a legend, or the back copy of the transcript. All uploaded transcripts are considered unofficial.

    Transcripts in a language other than English must be accompanied by an English language translation. Records from non-U.S. institutions must include grades or marks and contain a copy of the diploma if a 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 they are requested by the admission office.

    If you have trouble uploading your transcript, email enroll@newschool.edu 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 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.

    Official Transcripts

    Applicants offered admission are 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.

    Transcripts by Mail

    Official transcripts should include an original signature or a raised university seal and must be mailed 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.

    Electronic Transcripts

    The New School accepts 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.

    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.

    International Applicants

    See special requirements for English language proficiency.

    Costs and Financial Aid

    Visit the Registrar website for tuition and fees and Student Financial Services for estimated additional costs of attendance. Speak to an admission counselor if you are concerned about costs. The New School will work with you to help you finance your graduate program. All accepted students are automatically considered for New School merit-based scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships.

    All U.S. citizens and permanent residents who file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are considered for loans and grants based on need. (The New School's federal school code is 002780.) You do not have to wait for an admission decision to file the FAFSA; you can file for the next year beginning January 1.

    Additional Application Information

    Successful applicants receive a letter of acceptance, which includes detailed information about and instructions for financial aid, housing, tuition and fees, student visas (for nonresidents of the United States), and other matters.

    All materials submitted in association with the application for admission become the property of The New School and cannot be returned to you or transmitted to a third party.

    Students 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.