Public & Urban Policy PhD Application Info | Milano

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 is January 15 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 1,500-word explanation of your interest in the PhD program and your academic and career goals
    • 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    • An example of scholarly work: an original research paper, published or unpublished, authored by you alone; maximum of 48 typewritten pages, double-spaced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.


    Unofficial Transcripts

    Applicants must upload an unofficial transcript, mark sheet, or academic record for each institution (even if they didn’t receive a degree) in the Educational Background section of the online application.

    • 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 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. Transcripts uploaded with the online application are considered unofficial.

    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.

    Transfer Applicants

    Please contact the Office of Graduate Admission for questions about transfer requirements.

    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 at the mailing address for supplemental application materials:

    The New School
    Office of Graduate Admission
    Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy (MM 300)
    79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
    New York, NY 10003

    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

    • Parchment Exchange
    • Naviance by Hobsons
    • SCRIP-SAFE International
    • National Student Clearinghouse

    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.

    International Academic Credentials

    All transcripts not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English language 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 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 Graduate" 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.

    Test Scores

    GRE and GMAT

    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 2529. Mail GMAT scores to the Office of Admission with an Application Materials Cover Sheet.

    Proof of English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores. The minimum score required for TOEFL (IB) is 100, for IELTS is 7.0, and for PTE is 68. Our TOEFL institution code is 2529. 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). Arrange for the testing service to send your test scores directly to The New School using the institution codes listed above. We accept scores taken within the past two years. If your scores are older, you must retake the test. For more information, visit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.

    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.