Organizational Development Application Info | Milano

Application Information

  • The Milano School welcomes applications from management professionals whose current or prospective careers place them in the role of initiating or guiding institutional change in organizations. A graduate degree is normally a prerequisite for admission. Applicants come from diverse fields, including business (MBA or MS), education (MEd), government (MPA or MS), law (JD), psychology (MA or MS), and social work (MSW). Exception: If you are currently enrolled in a master's degree program at The New School, you may be able to complete the certificate requirements concurrently with the master's degree—speak to an academic advisor before applying.

    Application Deadlines

    May 5 for fall semester, then rolling admission
    November 1 for spring semester

    Rolling admission is available after the priority deadline. Applications are evaluated 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 assist you during the application process. Email your questions to

    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 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 describe below. You can also download the instructions in PDF format. Please read the instructions carefully before filling out the application.
    Former students seeking readmission must contact the Office of Admission for application instructions.

    A complete Certificate in Organization Development application includes

    • The $50 nonrefundable application fee
    • 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 post-graduate training
    • A résumé or curriculum vitae
    • Two academic and/or professional letters of recommendation

    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 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 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

    Tuition is charged per credit. Go to the registrar to see current tuition table. Speak to an admission counselor if you are concerned about costs. The New School will work with you to help you finance your program. Prospective students may also wish to talk to their employers about defraying the costs of the certificate program.

    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. Veterans and active members of the U.S. armed forces may be eligible for education benefits administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Additional Application Information

    Successful applicants will receive a letter of acceptance, which includes detailed information and instructions about 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.

    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.