• About Us SPE

    About Us

  • The Schools of Public Engagement graduate, professional, and adult bachelor's programs connect theory to real-world practice, training students to study social ecologies, create new forms of culture, and respond to contemporary challenges around the world. Whether you're studying at Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment; the School of Media Studies; the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs; the Creative Writing Program; the Bachelor’s Program for Adults and Transfer Students or the MA program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL), you can pursue your academic, creative, and professional goals while studying and working alongside a network of collaborative and progressive individuals.

  • 100 Years of Engaged Learning

    100 Years of Engaged Learning

    The New School was founded in 1919 by a group of progressive American educators as a center for discussion and instruction for adult students. By 1930, their “new school” had acquired a special place in the intellectual and cultural life of New York City and a permanent home in Greenwich Village. A leader among American colleges and universities, The New School was one of the first to offer courses in cinema studies, psychoanalysis, photography, modern dance, African American studies, women's studies, urban policy, and creative writing. In 1934, it was chartered as a university by the state of New York and began conferring degrees. Today, The New School is a major urban university of five colleges enrolling more than 10,000 degree-seeking students and with an additional 6,500 continuing education students taking courses every year.

    The Schools of Public Engagement are the direct successors of the original New School and are motivated by the same progressive values that guided the university in 1919. Each of the five schools has its own history and background in the larger institution.

    The Schools of Public Engagement also continue their commitment to lifelong learning by offering hundreds of Open Campus courses each year that are accessible to everyone without formal admission requirements.

    The Schools of Public Engagement continue to uphold the ideals of the original New School as an institution dedicated to lifelong education and the betterment of society. On the cutting edge of the intellectual and creative life of New York City, the schools connect theory to practice, support innovation in culture and communication, and continue to build bridges between the academy and the larger community it serves.

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  • Message From The Dean

    Executive Dean Mary Watson

    The New School has been engaged in new ways of thinking about higher education for a hundred years. Today, we remain committed to the open exchange of ideas, engaging adult and continuing learners across the lifespan, and facilitating education that brings meaning to the lives of students, our communities, and the world at large.

    Our signature approach to learning-in-action at the Schools of Public Engagement, the contemporary name for the founding college of our university, has perhaps never been so relevant or so sorely needed. As headlines proclaim the profound challenges facing higher education, we continue to develop programs and approaches to learning that reimagine its definition. Our degree programs reflect the diverse ways in which higher learning can be meaningfully put to use in the world. International affairs, creative writing, public and urban policy, media studies, management and entrepreneurship, and language learning and teaching are just a few of the fields positioned at the crossroads of design and social research. We offer degrees, certificates, and noncredit courses, including programs at the undergraduate, master's, and PhD level. Our students are challenged to truly engage: to engage with the learning process, to engage with our city, and to engage with the defining issues of our time.

    Much of our curriculum is delivered through engaged learning in applied projects: the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative, our university-wide program to support early-stage entrepreneurs, in which students develop the mindsets, skills, and sense of purpose needed to thrive in a rapidly changing world; The New Historia, a digital platform aimed at documenting and promoting the achievements of women-identified people in history that have gone unnoticed or unrecognized by society; our Engage Media Lab, which brings students together with local communities to share the power of storytelling; our International Field Program, which places students in applied fieldwork throughout the world; and WriteOn NYC, our fellowship program that connects our graduate writing students with underserved students in New York City schools through creative writing-based mentorship.

    Our students are animated by the urgency of the impossible - courageously dedicated to generating ideas that transcend contemporary approaches to change. We invite you to participate.

    Sincerely,

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  • Office of the Executive Dean 

    Mary R. Watson
    Executive Dean
    212.229.5613
    MaryWatsonExecDean@newschool.edu

    Scott Amen
    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Planning

    Thelma Armstrong
    Executive Assistant
    212-229-5613 x2132
    ArmstroT@newschool.edu

    Josa Balisi
    Manager of Academic Planning
    212-229-8916 x4174
    BalisiJ@newschool.edu

    Randy Brown
    Executive Secretary
    212-229-5615 x2103
    Randy@newschool.edu

    Dansha Cai
    Assistant Dean for Budget and Planning
    212-229-5800 x2416
    CaiD@newschool.edu

    Francesca Fiore
    Vice Dean of Strategy and Administration
    212-229-5800 x1220
    FioreF@newschool.edu

    Leah Iannone
    Director of Academic Planning
    212-229-5600 x2420
    IannoneL@newschool.edu 

    Kelly McHugh-Stewart
    Assistant Director of Academic Communications
    212-229-5600 x3808
    KellyStewart@newschool.edu

    Gustav Peebles
    Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
    PeeblesG@newschool.edu

    Cecilia Ponte
    Assistant Dean for Full-Time Faculty Affairs
    212-229-5600 x2448
    PonteC@newschool.edu 

    Christina Puzzolo
    Assistant Director of Event Operations
    212-229-5600 x2154
    Christina@newschool.edu

    Vanessa Reich
    Assistant Director of Student and Faculty Affairs
    212-229-5615 x1102
    ReichV@newschool.edu

    Chrissy Roden
    Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Academic Planning
    212-229-5615 x2150
    RodenC@newschool.edu

    Justin Sherwood
    Senior Director for Communications and Strategic Initiatives
    212-229-5600 x2228
    Sherwood@newschool.edu

    Emily Springer
    Assistant Director of Budget and Planning
    212-229-5400 x2098
    SpringerE@newschool.edu  

    Stephanie Szitanyi
    Assistant Dean of Part-Time Faculty Affairs
    212-229-5615 x2122
    SzitanyS@newschool.edu

    Dirk Van Stee
    Assistant Director of Budget and Planning
    212-229-5800 x2798
    VanSteeD@newschool.edu

    Tracy Varites
    Manager of Academic Planning
    212-229-5600 X2101
    TVarites@newschool.edu

    Board of Governors 

    James Keith Brown
    Senior Managing Director
    Coatue Management

    Christopher J. Castano, Chair
    Managing Director
    Grosvenor Capital Management, LP

    John A. Catsimatidis
    Chairman, President, and CEO
    Red Apple Group

    Marian Lapsley Cross
    Founder and Senior Advvisor
    Adult Literacy Media Alliance

    Susan U. Halpern, Esq.
    President
    The Sirus Fund

    Paul Koren

    Phineas Lambert
    Director of Business Development
    Guernica Magazine

    Bevis Longstreth
    Retired Partner
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

    Anthony Mannarino
    Executive Vice President
    Extell Development Company

    Victor Navasky
    Publisher Emeritus
    The Nation

    Lawrence H. Parks, Jr., Vice Chair
    Founder
    Forethought Advisors

    David Wasserman
    Chairman
    The Art Therapy Project

    Lilian Shiao-Yen Wu
    Program Executive, IBM Global University Programs
    IBM Corporation

    David N. Dinkins (Honorary Member)

    Lewis H. Lapham (Honorary Member)

  • 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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