• Application Instructions

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        Contact Us

        Admission Contact
        College of Performing Arts
        Welcome Center | Office of Admission
        72 Fifth Avenue (map)
        New York, NY 10011
        212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040
        performingarts@newschool.edu

    • The Admission Process

      The New School is a place where scholars, artists, performers, and designers find the support they need to challenge convention and fearlessly create positive change in the world. We seek to identify students who are committed to change, social justice, sustainability, and community engagement. Our admission process goes beyond traditional markers of success, such as test scores and rankings in support of finding these students. Applicants for this master's degree must have completed a bachelor's degree or its equivalent upon enrollment.

      Review Deadlines and Financial Aid Information

      Financial Aid and Scholarship Information

      Merit Scholarships

      All admitted students are considered for merit scholarship awards determined by the strength of their applications. International students are eligible only for merit scholarships.

      Federal Student Aid

      If you are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for need-based financial aid. The FAFSA is available each year on October 1. The New School's federal school code is 002780. You do not need to wait for an admission decision to apply for federal aid. We encourage you to submit your FAFSA by our FAFSA Priority Deadlines.

      Application and Financial Aid Deadlines

      Application Deadlines

      Fall Term Applicants: January 15; after January applications are considered on a rolling basis

      FAFSA Deadlines

      Fall term FAFSA priority deadline: February 1

      Start Your Application

      All applicants are required to apply online using The New School's Online Application. Portfolios are submitted through Acceptd.

      Managing Your Application

      Save your work frequently and print a copy for your records. You must complete all required fields and uploads prior to submission.

      Additional Supporting Documents

      Any additional supporting documents that need to be sent by mail must include an Application Materials Cover Sheet. All supporting materials must be received before your application can be reviewed.

      Application Fees

      Application fees are $50 for all applicants. Application fees are paid through the online application and are non-refundable. The New School waives application fees for those who meet the eligibility guidelines listed in the Application Fee Waivers section of our How to Apply information. There is also a $30 Acceptd fee.

      Transcripts

      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.

      • 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.
      • If you experience trouble uploading your transcript, email enroll@newschool.edu 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 admission 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 with proof of their degree conferral prior to enrollment. Admitted applicants must submit all official transcripts pertaining to their entire academic career. Transcripts uploaded with the online application do not satisfy this requirement.

      Submitting Transcripts By Mail

      Applicants should make arrangements to have their college/university send transcripts directly to The New School at the mailing address for Supplemental Materials. All transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope with the institutional seal and signature of the registrar. All documents not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

      Submitting Electronic Transcripts (U.S./Domestic Institutions Only)

      The New School accepts electronic transcripts only from our approved vendors:

      • National Student Clearinghouse
      • Parchment Exchange
      • SCRIP-SAFE International

      We do not accept electronic transcripts sent directly by a student or school offices. 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 translation.

      International Academic Credentials with Transfer Credits

      Applicants who attended postsecondary institutions outside of the United States are required to have their transcript(s) evaluated by World Education Services (WES), Education Credential Evaluators (ECE), or by another member of the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES). A course-by-course evaluation must be prepared for each transcript.

      Follow all document requirements as outlined on the evaluation service providers' websites. Evaluations completed by WES or ECE will be sent directly to us electronically by the vendor.

      All other NACES provider evaluation should be mailed directly by the vendor to the address for Supplemental Materials. A copy of the transcript which was evaluated should accompany the evaluation in the same sealed envelope or the official transcript should be sent directly to The New School by the issuing college/university.

      Portfolio

      Applicants must submit a portfolio that demonstrates their creative work. Portfolio submission instructions will be updated soon. Visit again soon, or email performingarts@newschool.edu to receive updates on the portfolio requirements.

      After you submit your portfolio, you will be invited to schedule an on-site or video conference interview.

      Essay

      In prose form and in 500 to 650 words, please answer the following question. Why The New School? The New School brings together a dynamic group of students interested in art, design, performing arts, entrepreneurship, and critical thought. We would like to know more about your interest in joining our community and why you would be a good fit for The New School. We are particularly interested in knowing what will make you a valuable member of your specific school, college, program, area of study, or campus.

      Recommendation Letters

      Two letters of recommendation are required. Recommenders may submit recommendations online. Instructions are included in the online application. If preferred, the recommendation forms may be sent by mail in signed, sealed envelopes. To send by mail, download the PDF recommendation form found in the online application, complete the Applicant Information section, and save the form. Forward the saved form to the recommenders to complete the remaining sections and submit. Applicants may also send signed and sealed recommendations to the Office of Admission using an Application Materials Cover Sheet.

      TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, and Duolingo Test Score Information

      All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid  TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo scores. The New School does not require TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo scores 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 (minimum of three years attendance). After reviewing your application, the Office of Admission may require you to submit an English Language Proficiency test score to evaluate your candidacy. We accept test scores taken within the past two years. If your scores are older, you must retake the test.

      TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, and Duolingo Minimum Required Test Scores

      • TOEFL (IB): 100
      • IELTS: 7.0
      • PTE: 65
      • Duolingo: 115

      Our TOEFL institution code is 2521.

      Submit Your Application

      After you have completed all the requirements listed above, made arrangements for your transcripts to be sent to The New School, and contacted your recommenders, your application is ready to submit. If you need any help or have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Admission.

      Check Your Application Status

      Applications become complete and ready for review once all required items have been received by the Office of Admission. You can check your application status in the Admission Hub.

      Allow at least ten business days from the date you submitted your application for items to be matched and shown as received on the Hub. Applicants are responsible for following up with schools and recommenders to confirm that transcripts and recommendations have been sent.

      The Office of Admission will periodically notify applicants by email if their file is missing any documents and again when their file is complete for review. These notifications are sent to the email address provided in the online application. If you need to change your email address, mailing address, or other contact information, email the Office of Admission.

      Additional Information and Instructions

      Applying to More Than One Program

      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.

      Application Materials

      All materials and documents submitted in association with The New School application become the property of The New School and cannot be returned to you or transmitted to a third party.

      Readmission

      The Application for Readmission should be completed by students who wish to return after an absence of four semesters (fall and spring). If you would like to apply for readmission, review the readmission deadlines and requirements in the Readmission section of our How to Apply information.

      Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials

      College of Performing Arts
      Office of Admission (MC 100)
      79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
      New York, NY 10003

  • Take The Next Step

Submit your application

Undergraduates

To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

Graduates

To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

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