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The New School for Social Research

The New School for Social Research (NSSR) fosters the highest standards of scholarly inquiry while addressing issues of major political, cultural, and economic concern. Students attracted to the master’s and doctoral programs here are intellectually curious, highly motivated, and committed to effecting positive change in their chosen fields. New York City, one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in the world, serves as home and laboratory, and students can take advantage of the city’s uncommon resources and opportunities as they pursue their goals. The New School for Social Research offers master’s and doctoral programs in anthropology, economics, philosophy, politics, psychology, and sociology; and interdisciplinary master’s programs in historical studies and liberal studies.

The mission of The New School for Social Research—which derives from American progressive thinkers, the legacy of the University in Exile, and the critical theorists of Europe—is grounded in the core social sciences and broadened with a commitment to philosophical and historical inquiry. In an intellectual setting where disciplinary boundaries are easily crossed, students learn to practice creative democracy—the concepts, techniques, and commitments that will be required if the world’s people, with their multiple and conflicting interests, are to live together peacefully and justly.


The New School is a legendary university in New York City, now comprising seven academic divisions. Founded in 1919 by a group of progressive educators, The New School aspired to be everything the "old school" was not open to dissenting opinions and the avant-garde in scholarship and the arts. It found a home in Greenwich Village and a unique place in the intellectual history of the United States.

Today students from throughout the United States and around the world choose The New School for an education that requires critical analysis, active participation, and experimentation with ideas. New School students and faculty take creative, interdisciplinary approaches to complex conceptual and real world issues. Learning is driven by open discussion in small classes and immersion in the latest currents of ideas and practices in the greatest city in the world. Our faculty includes leaders and innovators in art and design, social science, liberal arts, management and public policy, media, and performing arts.

The university also is actively engaged with the broader community through its wide-ranging continuing education programs and thoughtful—and thought-provoking—public programs.

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