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.
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.
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:
Any supporting documents not submitted online can be mailed to the Office of Admission, accompanied by an Application Materials Cover Sheet.
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.
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.
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.
Please contact the Office of Graduate Admission for questions about transfer requirements.
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 for Public Engagement
Office of Graduate Admission
Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy (MM 300)
79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
New York, NY 10003
The New School accepts electronic transcripts only from our approved vendors. The New School’s approved vendors in order of preference are
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.
All transcripts not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English language translation.
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 www.wes.org 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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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