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The New School

Creative problem solving and a willingness to challenge the status quo drive education at The New School—a leading university in New York City known for its progressive and engaged faculty and dynamic international student body.

Information Session - London - 12 October, 2016.

If you are interested in postgraduate study at The New School, please join Dana Messinger, Director of Admission at The New School for Social Research on October 12, 2016 to learn more about the MA and PhD offerings at The New School and get advice on how to prepare a strong graduate school application for US insitutions.


Title: The New School Graduate Programs and Application Guidance

Date: 12 October, 2016

Time: 6:00 - 7:00pm

Location:  University of Notre Dame

1-4 Suffolk Street 

Room G.04

London, SW1Y 4HG

RSVP to reserve your space: click here to RSVP

Can't attend the information session but are interested in learning more about The New School for Social Research? Email Dana Messinger ( to set up a time to meet during the week of October 10-14.


Quick Facts

Location: New York City

Number of degree and diploma programs and majors: 135

Student-to-faculty ratio: 9.1

Undergraduate students: 6,760

Graduate students: 3,500

Place of origin: Students come to The New School from the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and 118 foreign countries

Percentage of international students: 29%

Notable alumni: Nina Arianda '06 (actress), Burt Bacharach '50 (composer), Peter Berger '50 (sociologist), Bradley Cooper '00 (actor), Thomas DiNapoli '88 (New York State comptroller), Tom Ford ’86 (fashion designer and film director), Ali Jackson '00 (jazz drummer), Marc Jacobs '84 (designer), Donna Karan '87 (fashion designer), Jeanine Liburd '95 (executive vice president, Black Entertainment Television), Brad Mehldau '93 (jazz pianist), Eduardo Ochoa ’84 (president, California State University Monterey Bay), Ana Oliveira ’84 (president, NY Women’s Foundation), Robert Pollin '82 (economist), Joel Schumacher '65 (film director), Richard Silverstein '70 (advertising executive), Lorie Slutsky '77 (president, New York Community Trust), Frederica von Stade '69 (opera singer), Dr. Ruth Westheimer '59 (therapist and author), Sean Wilsey ’95 (author), and Robert Wong '90 (chief creative officer, Google)

 A History of Progressive Education

The New School was founded in 1919 by a group of prominent progressive scholars including Charles Beard, John Dewey, James Harvey Robinson, and Thorstein Veblen. They organized their school as an alternative to the traditional university, offering an open curriculum, minimal hierarchy, and free intellectual exchange. In 1933, New School president Alvin Johnson gave a home to the University in Exile, a refuge for scholars driven out of Germany by the Nazis. In 1934, The New School became a university.

Today The New School offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, certificates, and continuing education courses in the liberal arts, humanities, social sciences, management, art and design, performing arts, and urban, environmental, and public policy. The New School’s commitment to interdisciplinary study, its ties to the cultural and professional life of New York City, and its willingness to address pressing contemporary problems remain unchanged.

Connected to New York City

Graduate students at The New School benefit from the university’s location in New York’s Greenwich Village and its strong ties to the city’s diverse communities of intellectuals, business leaders, writers, artists, and social and political activists.

The New School offers master’s degrees in five of its seven interrelated colleges.

Parsons The New School for Design

Parsons’ graduate programs offer advanced training in specialized courses of study, but none of its programs exist in isolation. The student- centered curriculum allows for both focused and interdisciplinary paths of study. Working in teams and on their own, students master concepts, technologies, and research methods drawn from a range of fields. By synthesizing theory with craft and combining art and design studies with liberal arts and business, Parsons prepares students to shape scholarship in their fields and make art and design that matters.

 Architecture (M.Arch)
 Architecture/Lighting Design (M.Arch /MFA)
 Design Studies (MA)
 Design and Technology (MFA)
 Design and Urban Ecologies (MS)
 Fashion Design and Society (MFA)
 Fashion Studies (MA)
 Fine Arts (MFA)
 History of Decorative Arts and Design (MA)
 Interior Design (MFA)
 Lighting Design (MFA)
 Photography (MFA)
 Strategic Design and Management (MS)
 Theories of Urban Practice (MA)
 Transdisciplinary Design (MFA)

The New School for Public Engagement

The New School For Public Engagement brings together a distinctive set of programs that stress learning in action. Its mission is to connect theory to practice, develop new forms of culture and communication, and respond to contemporary social concerns, with an emphasis on urban and global contexts.

 Creative Writing (MFA)
 Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management (MS)
 International Affairs (MA/MS)
 Media Studies (MS)
 Media Management (MS)
 Nonprofit Management (MS)
 Organizational Change Management (MS)
 Urban Policy Analysis and Management (MS)
 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA)

The New School for Social Research

The New School For Social Research offers a rich tradition of innovative pedagogy and heterodox thinking, which attracts highly motivated students from all over the world to work with our renowned graduate faculty.

 Anthropology  (MA)
 Economics (MA /MS) 
 Global Political Economy and Finance (MA)
 Historical Studies MA
 Liberal Studies (MA)
 Philosophy (MA)
 Politics (MA)
 Psychology (MA)
 Sociology (MA)

Mannes College The New School for Music

Mannes College is a classical music conservatory dedicated to providing a comprehensive world-class education to aspiring musicians. At the graduate level, Mannes offers the Master of Music degree in the following concentrations:

 Choral Conducting 
 Classical Guitar 
 Collaborative Piano 
 Orchestral Conducting 
 Orchestral Instruments 

The New School for Drama

The New School for Drama offers three-year intensive MFA programs dedicated to training artists in playwriting, directing, and acting. Students begin with a course of self- discovery, explore technical craftsmanship in the second year, and finish by writing, directing, and acting in full productions.

 Acting (MFA)
 Directing (MFA)
 Playwriting (MFA)

The university offers undergraduate programs at the following schools:

Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, Parsons The New School for Design, Mannes College The New School for Music, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, The New School for Drama, and The New School for Public Engagement 

If you are thinking about graduate school in the US and haven’t considered The New School, consider this: 


  • The New School welcomes the highest percentage of international students of all universities in the United States per US News and World Report
  • The New School’s “Integrated Curriculum Platform” enables graduate students to be challenged and enlightened by subjects, programs, and disciplines across the entire university
  • Each program guides graduate students through a rigorous course of study headed by a faculty of artists, scholars, and professionals who are leaders in their fields
  • The university’s location in New York City gives you access to the city's culture, energy, and opportunities
  • The university leads the nation in small classes according to US News and World Report


The New School is a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.


The New School University Center at 5th Avenue and 14th Street in New York City.

The New School University Center at 5th Avenue and 14th Street in New York City.