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2265 USD/credit
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The MA in Politics from The New School is a 30-credit program providing students with advanced training in political analysis and political science research methods.


Students can specialize in one subfield of politics — political theory, comparative politics, global politics, or American politics — or they can gain a broader understanding of the field by taking courses in multiple fields.

MA students work closely with a faculty advisor, especially on the final MA paper. They take courses with PhD students in the department and participate in the rich intellectual life of the department and NSSR. The degree prepares them for PhD study in the field or for careers in policymaking, activism, NGOs, law, and beyond.

Continuation to a PhD

Students in the Politics MA program at The New School can apply to enter the PhD program after completing 18 credits at The New School for Social Research and should definitely apply by the time they have completed 27 credits.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Required for all MA candidates in the first year, the First Year Seminar is designed to introduce students to the work of the faculty in the Politics department, who give guest lectures in the course and whose work students read. 
  • Through these interactions, students come to understand contending concepts and core approaches in analyzing politics.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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Spring Application Deadlines

  • Priority Deadline: October 15, rolling after that date

Fall Application Deadlines

  • Fellowship Deadline: January 7

  • International Applicant Deadline: June 15

  • Final Deadline for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents: August 1




30 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Résumé
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Academic Writing Sample
  • GRE and GMAT Test Information

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2265 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2265 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    2265 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2265 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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