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2018 Applying to Grad School

The New School, Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs

 

The Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs at The New School in New York City welcome a diverse range of applicants, including working professionals in related fields, career changers, and recent college graduates. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university by the time of enrollment.

“Successful applicants are able to explain how our programs can accommodate their academic, educational, and professional interests,” says Merida Escandon Gasbarro, director of admission. “They have done their research, so they know how they will contribute to a program and benefit from it. They also know how their interests align with the program’s mission and core values.”

“In the Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs, we are constantly shaping our curricula to make it responsive to the most pressing current issues, such as social and economic rights, urban and community development, migration and refugee issues, international law, conflict, and peacebuilding.” -Merida Escandon Gasbarro, Director of Admission, Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs, The New School

The university’s MA in International Affairs program attracts applicants who seek to deepen and broaden their perspective in international affairs. Applicants include career changers, recent college graduates, and professionals whose jobs may involve international affairs.

Recently, The New School introduced its new MS in International Affairs, a flexible, modular, 30-credit program for individuals with prior work experience in the international arena. MS applicants must have at least three years of international professional experience. Returned or returning Peace Corps volunteers with two years of service may also apply.

“In the Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs, we are constantly shaping our curricula to make it responsive to the most pressing current issues, such as social and economic rights, urban and community development, migration and refugee issues, international law, conflict, and peacebuilding,” says Gasbarro.

Such flexibility in the curriculum appeals to the programs’ wide range of students. “Our MA students have diverse undergraduate degrees, as well as personal and professional experiences that draw them to international affairs,” says Gasbarro.

For all types of candidates, the admission committee seeks applicants who have demonstrated sustained commitment and involvement in their academic, professional, volunteer, or extracurricular experiences.

For undergraduates and career changers applying to the MA in International Affairs, Gasbarro offers two questions to consider: “If you’re currently in an undergraduate program, are you actively pursuing academic or extracurricular learning experiences that provide insight on evolving international challenges or issues? If you are a career changer, what are the transferable skills and experiences that may make you a solid candidate for our graduate program?”

The admission committee welcomes two letters of recommendation from academics or professionals. “The most effective letters are from individuals who know your academic or professional work,” says Gasbarro.

Master’s Degree Program Options:
• MA in International Affairs
• MS in International Affairs

Application Deadlines:
Spring 2019 Enrollment: October 15, 2019
• Priority for Fall 2019 Enrollment: January 15, 2019
• Financial Aid Priority: February 1, 2019
• Regular Deadline for Fall 2019 Enrollment: May 5, 2018
Applications received after the deadlines are evaluated on a rolling, case-by-case basis.

Standardized Exam Scores: GRE is optional.

Recommendation Letters: Two required

Application Checklist: www.newschool.edu/public-engagement/ma-ms-international-affairs-application-information

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