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Application Information

  • The doctoral program in Public and Urban Policy seeks applicants with academic and/or professional qualifications that prepare them for advanced research and practice in public policy analysis with an urban orientation. Applicants must have or be in the process of completing a master's degree in management, economics, or another related field.

    Application Deadline

    The deadline has been extended to January 21 for the next fall semester. Plan ahead to meet the strict 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. Applications received after the deadline may be rolled over for the following academic year at the discretion of the Milano School. There is no spring semester admission.

    How to Apply

    All applicants (except readmit 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 your convenience, you can also download the application instructions. Please read the instructions carefully before you fill out the application. Note: Former students seeking readmission and prospective visiting students must contact the Office of Admission for instructions before proceeding.

    A complete PhD program application includes the following items:

    • Application
    • Application fee: $50 nonrefundable
    • Transcripts from every college/university previously attended, including documentation of undergraduate and graduate degree completion
    • A Statement of Purpose: A two-part explanation of your interest in the PhD program and your academic and career goals, consisting of an autobiographical essay (two typewritten pages) and a statement of your academic preparation and research interests (three typewritten pages)
    • Two academic or professional letters of recommendation from persons qualified to assess your suitability for the PhD program
    • A current résumé or curriculum vitae
    • An example of scholarly work: an original research paper, published or unpublished, authored by you alone; maximum of 48 typewritten pages, double-spaced
    • GRE score (not required but strongly recommended): Applicants who have taken the Graduate Record Examination and/or GMAT should have their scores sent to the Office of Admission

    Any supporting documents not submitted online can be mailed to the Office of Admission, accompanied by an Application Materials Cover Sheet.

    Transcripts

    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. These copies must be uploaded before you submit the application. All transcripts uploads must be accompanied by a key, 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/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 enroll@newschool.edu 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 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.

    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 may send official transcripts with an Application Materials Cover Sheet, or applicants can 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 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 information for the PhD in Public and Urban Policy. 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. Admitted students can apply for a two-year scholarship that includes a partial tuition remission and/or a modest living stipend as long the student remains in good academic standing. Public and Urban Policy scholarships are based on merit. All accepted students are automatically considered for other New School merit-based scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships. We strongly recommend that all students applying to a doctoral program seek third-party funding.

    Veterans and active members of the U.S. armed forces may be eligible for financial assistance under various programs of the U.S. Veterans Administration.

    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. We recommend that you file no later than March 1 in the year for which you are applying.

    Additional Information

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

    All documents submitted as part of 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 can 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.

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