• Academic advisors work closely with program directors and faculty to support students in the MA, MFA, MS, and graduate certificate programs as they identify and explore their academic interests and take advantage of the many cross-disciplinary opportunities that exist at The New School.


    Beginning in early June, students who have reserved their place at Parsons by submitting the required tuition deposit will receive an email from the Office of Advising at their New School email address. This email introduces students' academic advisors and provides directions for scheduling an advising appointment and for registration. All new students must submit the required tuition deposit in order to register. For more information about how to reserve your place in the class, visit the Accepted Students page.


    To ensure a smooth transition to The New School, new students should review the information on the New Students page, which provides information about required immunization forms, mandatory online tutorials, obtaining a student ID card, and other essential items.


    In order to prepare new students for their graduate studies, some programs require students to attend special summer programs or to complete certain prerequisite courses.

    Students admitted to the MFA Photography program are required to enroll in the summer semester, which begins in early June with an orientation meeting. Information regarding the orientation session will be sent to students in their acceptance packets. To request an additional copy of your acceptance packet, email

    All incoming MFA Design and Technology students are required to complete the summer Bootcamp course that runs from late July to mid-August. Registration details will be emailed to students after they submit their tuition deposits for the Design and Technology program. If you have submitted your deposit and not received a Bootcamp registration email, contact

    Some students admitted to the School of Constructed Environments graduate programs, including MArch, MFA Lighting Design, MFA Interior Design, dual-degree MArch/MFA Lighting Design, and double-major MFA Interior Design /Lighting Design, are required to complete the Summer Studies in Constructed Environments course prior to the start of the fall semester. This course usually runs from late June to late July. Students required to complete this course prior to matriculation will be informed in their acceptance letter. In addition, a summer registration form for the course will be included in their acceptance packets. To request another copy of your acceptance packet or the summer registration form, email


    Orientation for all new degree students will be held August 22–27, 2016. Please review the New Student Orientation page for the full schedule.


    The New School provides its advanced graduate students with opportunities to obtain education, training, mentoring, and experience in college- and graduate-level teaching through the Graduate Student Teaching Program. Similarly, The New School encourages graduate students to fulfill their educational and research goals by applying for competitive and prestigious research grants, fellowships, and programs. The Provost's Office provides Research Support to students and faculty who are interested in pursuing funds for research.


    Graduate students at Parsons are encouraged to take advantage of cross-disciplinary studies, whether in the form of courses, special projects or external partnerships. The University Course Catalog contains descriptions of courses offered by all colleges of The New School, including your Parsons courses. It also links to the schedule of classes, where you can find the days and times that classes are offered.

    Information on current research, projects, and events can be found on the Research and Projects page, which also contains information about publications and external partnerships.