Performing Arts

Arts Management and Entrepreneurship (MA)

Application Instructions

  • 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.

    Application and Financial Aid Deadlines

    Application Deadlines

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

    Financial Aid Deadlines

    Financial Aid Deadlines

    Merit Scholarships:
    All admitted students are considered for merit scholarship awards determined by the strength of their applications. Scholarship awards are included in applicants’ admission decision letters. International students are eligible only for merit scholarships.

    Federal Student Aid:
    If you are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, we encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be found at 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. Submit your FAFSA by our FAFSA Priority Deadlines below.

    • Fall: February 1
    • Spring: November 1

    Application Instructions

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

    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.

    Applicants for this Master of Arts degree must have completed a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent upon enrollment.

    See below for additional information regarding submission of transcripts and recommendations.

    How to Apply


    Complete the online application. Applicants must also complete the essays with the Application.

    Application Fee

    Application fees are $50 for U.S. domestic applicants, and $75 for international applicants. Application fees are paid through the online application and are non-refundable. nal applicants. Application fees are paid through the online application and are non-refundable. There is also a $30 portfolio submission fee paid through Acceptd.


    Essay 1: Submit a statement of purpose of approximately 1,000 words addressing why you have chosen arts management and entrepreneurship as your proposed field of study; whether you have field experience that would contribute to your prospective studies; and your post-graduation plans.
    Essay 2: Submit an essay of approximately 500 words that speaks to your capacity to work independently.


    The portfolio must be completed in Acceptd only. In your portfolio you may submit materials that provide evidence of the following: artistic skills; entrepreneurialism or management skills; and socially engaged practice or social justice values/goals. You are invited, but not required, to submit items in all three areas. Please submit a portfolio of up to twelve (12) items demonstrating your work and experience, as follows:

    • Up to three (3) items (audio or video preferred) that represent your work / experience as performing artist. Please edit the length of each individual submission to maximum 5 minutes. If submitting an item representing a group performance, please indicate the time-stamp for a passage in which your work is featured.
    • Up to three (3) items that represent your work / experience, as a producer, manager, leader, or entrepreneur. Up to three (3) items that represent your work / experience as a citizen-artist, socially engaged practitioner, or artist-activist.
    • A cover letter and a resume addressed to the committee that will review your portfolio. If you are a touring artist make sure your performance resume gives a detailed listing of all tour dates and cities for the most recently completed year.

    These items may include video or audio files of live performances, audio files of studio recordings, drawings, artist statements, scenarios, research outcomes, photography, websites, blog URLs, essays, or examples of your work in other formats that you feel best convey your work and process. It is required that you include the following with each item you submit:

    • State whether this item is meant to provide evidence of (a) artistic skills, (b) entrepreneurialism or management skills, or (c) socially engaged practice or social justice values/goals.
    • Title, date, and brief description of each item.
    • Description of your role (i.e. performer, producer, director, writer, marketer, project manager, etc.).

    Official Transcripts

    Official transcripts must be provided for every undergraduate or graduate institution attended for course credit. We will expect an official transcript from each institution listed in the Academic History section of the application. Although not required, an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) may be uploaded with your application.

    How To Submit Transcripts By Mail: Official transcripts should have an original signature or a raised university seal, and must be in a sealed envelope that has been signed or stamped by the issuing university’s registrar or records office. Applicants can either send official transcripts with an Application Materials Cover Sheet or request that institutions send transcripts directly to The New School. See “Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials” below for our mailing address.

    How To Submit Electronic Transcripts (U.S./Domestic Institutions Only): The New School accepts electronic transcripts only from our approved vendors. The New School’s approved vendors, in order of preference, are

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

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

    Additional Information For Submission of International Academic Credentials: All international academic credentials must be submitted as indicated in the International Applicants section below.

    Recommendation Letter

    Two letters of recommendation are required. Recommenders can submit recommendations online; instructions are included with the online application. If preferred, the recommendation form can instead be sent by mail in a signed, sealed envelope. To send by mail, download the PDF recommendation form found in the online application, complete the personal information, save the form, and forward it to the recommender for completion and submission. Applicants can also send signed and sealed recommendations to the Office of Admission using an Application Materials Cover Sheet.

    International Applicants

    Official International Transcripts

    International Academic Credentials: Regardless of curriculum, all students must submit a record of their academic history. Students applying directly from high school or secondary school are required to submit a record of their coursework and grades/marks from the duration of their high school program. All transcripts not 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), or by another member of the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES). A course-by-course evaluation must be prepared for each transcript.

    If using WES, visit for instructions and to begin the application process. The “Required Documents” section will explain what to send. If you request your report online, search for “The New School” when selecting our institution. WES will send your completed evaluation directly to The New School.

    If using another NACES provider, follow instructions for that provider. Mailed evaluations and translations should be sent to the mailing address provided for supporting materials. Applicants forwarding these sealed documents should include an Application Materials Cover Sheet.

    Test Scores

    All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores. The recommended minimum score for TOEFL (IB) is 100, for IELTS is 7.0, and for PTE is 65. Our TOEFL institution code is 2521.

    The New School does not require TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE 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). Upon review of your application the Office of Admission may require you to submit an English Language Proficiency test score to further evaluate your candidacy.

    Arrange for the testing service to send your test scores directly to The New School using the institution codes listed above. We accept scores for tests taken within the past two years. If your scores are older, you must retake the test. For more information and/or to locate testing centers, visit the TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE websites.

    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 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.


    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.

    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 online at the Admission Hub.

    Allow at least 14 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 items 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.

    Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials

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