Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the deadline for applying for admission?

    The deadline to be considered for full-tuition fellowships for the fall term is January 15. We will continue to accept fall applications on a rolling basis. The deadline for fall term regular applicants if August 1. The deadline for fall term international applicants is June 1. The deadline for spring term applicants is October 15. Spring entry is an option for the MA and Certificate programs.

    I can't afford the $50 application fee. Can it be waived or deferred?

    The New School waives application fees for those who meet the eligibility guidelines outlined on the Apply Online website.

    Do I have to take the GRE?

    Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required of all applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who completed their bachelor’s degree within the five years preceding the date of submission of their application. International applicants or applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who completed their bachelor’s degree more than five years previous to the date of application submission may apply without submitting GRE scores. GRE results should be sent by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) directly to the Office of Graduate Admission. The institution code is 2501.

    Do I have to take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE?

    A TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score is not required for applicants whose primary language is English, or for applicants who have earned a four-year degree from a U.S. college/university or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction. For more information, please refer to the application instructions.

    When will I hear about my admissions decision?

    The decision for applications that are complete by the January 15 deadline will be communicated by mail in mid-March. Decisions for applications received thereafter will be communicated by mail on a rolling basis.

    I've been accepted. How long do I have to accept the offer of admission?

    You have four weeks from the date of your offer of admission to return the Admission Reply Form along with a $500 non-refundable tuition deposit to hold your place at The New School for Social Research. If you require additional time, please contact our office and we will try to accommodate you.

    Can I defer my admission?

    The New School for Social Research permits deferral of admission only in very exceptional cases. Admitted students who wish to petition for a deferral must send an e-mail or letter to the Director of Admissions stating why they need to postpone their enrollment. Petitions will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Replies will be sent by e-mail.

    Admitted students who cannot enroll in the semester for which they are admitted and who are not granted deferrals but wish to enroll at another time must reapply. Application materials are held for one year; formerly admitted students who reapply within that time may re-use transcripts, test scores, and other materials they have already submitted. They must, however, complete a new application form and submit the application fee. They may of course substitute new materials for any materials previously submitted. While previous admission is not a guarantee of admission in a subsequent year, it is often a good indicator of admissibility. Questions on reapplication should be directed to the Office of Admissions.

    How do I apply for fellowships and scholarships?

    Students who complete the application process by January 15 will be considered for full fellowship awards. Applications received or completed after January 15 are considered for partial scholarship awards and other forms of financial aid on a rolling basis.

    How do I apply for loans?

    You will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if you wish to apply for federal or private loans. For more information, see Financial Aid and Scholarships in the Academic Affairs section of this website.

    I only want to take a few courses at The New School for Social Research. How do I apply for non-degree status?

    For non-degree/non-matriculation status, you need to submit the Non-Degree Application for Admission, a two-page statement of purpose and one letter of recommendation, the $50 application fee, and undergraduate transcripts showing proof of a Bachelor's degree. You may take up to three courses as a non-degree student over a one-year period. Please contact the Office of Admission .

    Are counselors available for advising?

    Counselors are available on an appointment basis. Contact the Office of Admission to arrange an appointment by calling 212.229.5150.

    Is student housing available?

    Yes. Please see the Housing section of this website.