Graduate students at The New School for Social Research ask the kind of questions that challenge the status quo across the social sciences and humanities.
Guided by rigorous scholarship and a desire to apply academic discourse and discovery to current social problems, they critically examine interdisciplinary fields to become a force of new knowledge and ideas in the world.
All graduate programs at The New School for Social research can be completed full-time or part-time on our New York City campus. Competitive merit-based scholarships are available in all departments -- in recent years, 85% of master’s students have received merit scholarships at The New School for Social Research.
Change begins with a question. What will you ask?
The New School for Social Research was founded in 1919 as a home for progressive thinkers, and housed the University in Exile in 1933, providing an academic haven for scholars persecuted in Nazi Europe. The school became the foundation for a comprehensive university – The New School – and continues the legacy of critical thought, civic engagement, and academic freedom today.
The interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Applied Liberal Studies (MAALS) program meets the needs of liberal arts and sciences graduates by providing an effective bridge between rich backgrounds in the sciences, social sciences, fine arts and humanities and the challenging world of professional employment. Through coursework, internships and a capstone experience, students work with faculty from a variety of fields as they build the advanced communication, research and leadership skills sought by employers in the private, public and non-profit sectors. The program facilitates the development of the cultural competency, financial literacy, and information technology knowledge students need to navigate today's complex economies.
Students complete two internships, one in the greater Binghamton community and one in another region of the state, country or world. Students work with the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development to identify interests, explore opportunities and secure internship placements. At the end of the program, students participate in a capstone colloquium and a capstone project, in which students review and analyze their internship experiences and connect their findings to the issues facing practitioners and researchers in their fields.
Employers have already lauded this innovative program, noting that they seek applicants with the refined skills, interdisciplinary perspectives and professional experiences emphasized throughout the MAALS curriculum. Graduates of this program are prepared for a wide range of careers and positions in many of today's growing fields, including the healthcare, service and technology industries.
There are two tracks in our American Studies MA program. The General Track prepares those students who may wish to go on to a PhD in American Studies or another field through classes in the history, theories, and methods of American Studies and an original research project. The Public Humanities track is designed to ground students in the history, theory and methods of the public humanities, and in a foundation in nonprofit management, and bring it all together with project-based courses, an internship and capstone, preparing students for careers in cultural and community institutions.
To apply, you will need to submit:
The GRE is not required.
We welcome students who are already employed in public history and public humanities into our program. Depending on your professional experience, it may be possible to waive one or both nonprofit management courses and the internship, at the discretion of the program chair and with the support of a faculty advisor.
A maximum of 12 graduate credits may be transferred from another institution toward the completion of the M.A. degree. Acceptance of these credits will be at the discretion of the Program Director in consultation with the Graduate School and will depend on the field of the student's Master's degree, the appropriateness to American Studies of specific courses taken, and the rules of the Graduate School.
With the advance approval of the Program Director, the student’s academic advisor, and the course instructors, up to three Rutgers University-Newark undergraduate courses at the 300 or 400 level may be counted toward the completion of the M.A. Degree. No more than one undergraduate course may be taken per semester. To receive graduate credit, the student must have been assigned and successfully completed significant additional work in the undergraduate course.
With the approval of the Program Director and the student’s academic advisor, up to six credits in directed readings may be counted toward the completion of the M..A. Degree.
Notwithstanding the above options, at least five courses (15 credits) must be taken as master’s seminars.
Students choosing the thesis option must signal their intention and identify a thesis advisor no later than after having completed 18 credits.
Upon admission to the Master’s program, each student will be assigned an academic advisor from the American Studies faculty. Students are free to change advisors at the end of their first year. Every year, however, students must submit to the Program Director a form identifying their advisor.