Media Management MS Application Info | The New School

Application Information

  • The graduate Media Management program combines media-oriented business education with research and critical analysis of media practices. The School of Media Studies welcomes applications from motivated individuals whose previous education and other accomplishments show potential for leadership and creative problem solving. Applicants with business or production experience in a related field are preferred, but all applicants with strong academic records will be considered. The only prerequisite for admission is a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

    You can study full-time or part-time. You can take some or all of the courses online. If you have previously taken relevant graduate-level courses at this or another college or university, you may be able to transfer up to nine credits to the MS in Media Management program. Speak to an admission counselor about transferring credits.

    Priority Application Deadlines

    • February 15 for the following fall semester
    • November 1 for the following spring semester

    Rolling admission is available after the priority deadlines. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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

    The Office of Graduate Admission is available to you during the application process. You are encouraged to email the Media Management Admission Liaison, Sarah VanHorn, at with any questions during your application process.

    How to Apply

    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 re-admit, nondegree, and visiting students) 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 for all the items described below. You can also download the instructions. Please read the instructions carefully before filling out the application.

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

    A complete MS in Media Management application includes:

    • Application
    • The $50 application fee (nonrefundable)
    • Official transcripts from every college or university previously attended, including documentation of undergraduate degree completion or the U.S. equivalent
    • A statement of purpose—a 1,000-word explanation of your interest in and preparation for graduate work in media management
    • A résumé or curriculum vitae
    • Two academic and/or professional letters of recommendation
    • Optional: Academic writing samples (8-12 pages)

    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 the application is submitted. All transcript uploads must be accompanied by a key, a legend, or the back copy of the transcript. All uploaded transcripts are considered unofficial.

    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 they are requested by the admission office.

    If you have trouble uploading your transcript, email with the subject line "Upload Transcript Issue" and give a detailed description of the issue 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 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.

    Transcripts 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 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 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.

    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 to Student Financial Services for estimates of other 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 studies. 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 on the basis of need. (The New School's federal school code is 002780.) You do not have to wait for an admission decision to file the FAFSA. We recommend applying before The New School's priority financial aid deadlines: March 1 for the next fall semester and November 1 for the next spring semester.

    Additional 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 non-U.S. residents), 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.

    In any given term, a student may apply to only one department or program within The New School. 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.