The New School

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An Inside Look

The New School offers some of the country’s most respected graduate programs in areas such as:

• Architecture, Lighting, and Interior Design
• Creative Writing and Liberal Studies
• Humanities and Social Sciences
• International Affairs, Management, and Public Policy
• Media and Creative Technologies 
• Urban and Sustainability Studies

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Quick Facts

Location: New York City

Number of degree and diploma programs and majors: 134  

Student-faculty ratio: 10:1 

Undergraduate students: 6,800

Graduate students: 3,500

Geographic Diversity: Students at The New School represent all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and 118 foreign countries.

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, New York 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), Robert Wong ’90 (Chief Creative Officer, Google)

Imagine a university where scholars, artists, and designers find the support they need to challenge convention and fearlessly create positive change in the world. Where walls between disciplines are dissolved, so journalists collaborate with designers, architects with social researchers, media specialists with activists, poets with musicians. An intellectual and creative haven that has never settled for the status quo. 

The New School is just such a university community, attracting students from all over the world to its home in the heart of Greenwich Village. Founded in 1919 by those who imagined a school that would rethink the purpose of higher education, The New School now offers more than 10,000 students areas of study across 134 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. For graduate students, The New School offers more than 40 programs in art and design, management, policy, liberal arts, and the performing arts at Parsons School of Design, The New School for Social Research, the Schools of Public Engagement, and the College of Performing Arts, which includes Mannes School of Music and the School of Drama.

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

Flexibility and choice
The New School offers day and evening classes to accommodate the learning styles and busy schedules of today’s students. Some graduate degrees can be completed online. Learn more at

A history of progressive education
The New School was founded in New York City nearly a century ago by a small group of prominent American intellectuals and educators frustrated by the intellectual timidity of traditional colleges. Some of the finest minds of the 20th century developed pioneering courses at The New School. In 1948, W.E.B. DuBois taught the first course in African American history and culture ever taught at a university. Around the same time, Margaret Mead taught courses in anthropology, and Karen Horney and Erich Fromm introduced their new approaches to psychoanalysis. The New School also became known internationally for courses in the creative arts taught by some of the 20th century’s most innovative artists, such as Martha Graham, Frank Lloyd Wright, Aaron Copland, and W.H. Auden. The New School has evolved continuously through the years in response to changes in the marketplace of ideas, career opportunities, and human curiosity.

The New School is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. It’s a privately supported nonprofit institution chartered as a university by the New York State Board of Regents.

Parsons School of Design

One of the largest and most prestigious art and design schools in the nation, Parsons School of Design offers graduate degree programs in New York City and Paris. Students are enabled to develop the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a rapidly changing society through collaboration with peers, industry partners, and communities around the world. The faculty are drawn from working professionals, and the students hail from more than 65 countries and every possible background—bringing a truly global perspective to classes. At Parsons, the diverse community of students develops critical-thinking skills and applies them to challenges ranging from environmental degradation to physical accessibility and humanitarian crises.

Parsons offers graduate study in Architecture MArch, Architecture/Lighting Design MArch/MFA, Communication Design MPS, Design and Technology MFA, Design and Urban Ecologies MS, Data Visualization MS, Fashion Design and Society MFA, Fashion Studies MA, Fine Arts MFA, History of Design and Curatorial Studies MA, Industrial Design MFA, Interior Design MFA, Lighting Design MFA, Photography MFA, Strategic Design and Management MS, Textiles MFA, Theories of Urban Practice MA, and Transdisciplinary Design MFA. Graduate students at Parsons Paris can study Fashion Studies MA.

The New School for Social Research

The New School for Social Research provides an education grounded in history and informed by a legacy of critical thought and civic engagement. The school’s dedication to academic freedom and intellectual inquiry reaches back to the creation of the University in Exile in 1933 for scholars persecuted in Nazi Europe. The interdisciplinary education offered by The New School for Social Research today explores and promotes global peace and justice as more than theoretical ideals. The New School for Social Research offers the following areas of study: Anthropology MA/PhD, Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism MA, Economics MA/MS/PhD, Gender and Sexuality Studies Graduate Certificate, Global Political Economy and Finance MA, Historical Studies MA/PhD, Liberal Studies MA, Philosophy MA/PhD, Politics MA/PhD, Psychology MA, and Sociology MA/MPhil/PhD. 

Schools of Public Engagement

The Schools of Public Engagement (Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment; Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs; School of Media Studies; Creative Writing; and TESOL) create and nurture a learning community marked by interdisciplinary engagement with real-world issues and the integration of professional, civic, and liberal learning to make a difference in the world. In order to realize this commitment, The New School provides an educational experience that is integrative, boundary crossing, and collaborative, connecting theory to real-world practice and training students to address civic life, create new forms of culture, and respond to contemporary challenges in their communities and throughout the world. Areas of graduate study include Creative Writing MFA, Documentary Media Studies Graduate Certificate, Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management MS, International Affairs MA/MS, Media Management MS/Graduate Certificate, Media Studies MA, Nonprofit Management MS, Organization Development Graduate Certificate, Organizational Change Management MS, Public and Urban Policy PhD, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA, and Urban Policy Analysis and Management MS.

College of Performing Arts

The schools within the College of Performing Arts (CoPA) have a long and rich history of artistic excellence, playing an integral role in performance culture in New York City and internationally. Mannes School of Music seeks to develop citizen artists who engage with the world around them in and through music in traditional, new, and emergent forms of practice. An eminent faculty of artists, scholars, and educators of international stature foster close, constructive relationships with students and are committed to advancing the creative role of music throughout all aspects of our rapidly changing society. Mannes offers MM degrees in Classical Guitar, Composition, Harpsichord, Orchestral Conducting, Orchestral Instruments, Piano, Piano and Collaborative Piano, and Voice. The School of Drama offers a three-year MFA progressive program beginning with a course of self-discovery dedicated to training artists in the fields of playwriting, directing, and acting. Students explore technical craftsmanship in the second year and finish by writing, directing, and acting in full productions as well as developing a business plan for the transition from student to professional artist. The College of Performing Arts recently launched the innovative MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship. This one-year program empowers performing artists—musicians, composers, actors, directors, and playwrights—to advance their performance practices while acquiring the competencies needed to excel as independent artists, reinvent existing cultural organizations, and launch their own arts-related enterprises. Course work is taught within CoPA as well as the Milano School. The College’s collaborative, interdisciplinary curricula uniquely position graduates for the varied landscape of the performing arts in the 21st century. 

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18 Graduate Programs Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
Clinical Psychology                
Creative Writing                
Design - other                
Environmental Policy                
Interior Design                
International Affairs                
New Media Studies                
Non-Profit Administration                
Organizational Studies & Leadership                
Public Policy              
TESOL Education                
Urban Design                


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