Academic Affairs

Graduation and PhD Guidelines

  • Graduation and Awarding of Degrees

    Graduation Petitions and Fees

    The New School confers degrees twice a year, in January and May. The commencement ceremony for both May and January graduates is held in May. All degree requirements specified in the NSSR catalog (including the internship for clinical psychology students) must be completed before the graduation date in order for a degree to be conferred.

    Students intending to graduate must petition online at or file a graduation petition form (see link on the right) with the Registrar's Office by the registrar's deadline. You must submit the petition even if you do not plan to attend a graduation ceremony. Visit the registrar's graduation page for more information, including deadline dates for petitions.

    PhD Dissertation Guidelines

    PhD students who are ready to defend their dissertations should speak with their department advisers for policies, procedures, deadlines, and guidelines. Completed dissertations must be submitted electronically.

    Doctoral candidates who have questions about finalizing their dissertations can contact the following staff members:

    Dean's Representative: PhD students will need a faculty member from outside the student's own department to serve as a dean's rep as a part of his or her dissertation defense (not required for proposals). To request one, please contact Ellen Freeberg (; please also fill out this form. For general questions and university reader/style/format guidelines, please see the link on the right; contact Tsuya Yee ( with specific questions.

    Dossier Service for PhD students: