Certificate programs are noncredit programs open to all students without prerequisite. In fact, you can even take qualifying courses first and then roll them up into a certificate later while tracking your progress in real-time, allowing you maximum flexibility. Explore our Certificates page for a complete listing of options. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of a predetermined program of courses.
Resources & Benefits
As an Open Campus student, you have access to many of the on-campus resources available to degree-seeking students, such as admittance to New School libraries — including online library resources. For more information on your library perks and privileges, read on here.
In addition, all Open Campus students can log on to campus Wi-Fi through either their New School account or a New School Guest account. Some certificate students have additional access to campus technology labs, equipped with Mac and Windows workstations, laser printers, and plug-in stations for laptops. To learn more about the options available to you as part of your program, visit the tech help and access directories here.
All certificate students may apply to obtain a plastic photo ID card by visiting Campus Card Services, 72 Fifth Avenue, lower level. What can you do with your plastic ID card? Learn more here.
Certificate students are eligible to participate on the University Social Justice Committee. The committee is made up of students, faculty, staff, and administrators from numerous colleges and departments of The New School with the aim to initiate and promote efforts that address economic, social, and cultural divisions related to identity and to our institutional and personal practices and policies. Learn how to get involved here.
In addition, noncredit certificate students enjoy early access to registration. To take advantage of this benefit, simply register for courses at the certificate level. Explore our noncredit certificate programs and register for classes here. If you have taken courses with us before but are new to your certificate program, please call us at 212.229.5620.
Noncredit Certificates Versus Credit Certificates
In general, noncredit certificates do not have prerequisites for entry, do not require an application, and do not yield grades. Students are welcome to register for their courses directly through this site.
Credit certificates often require a degree of some kind as a prerequisite, and do follow an application process, as well as yielding grades as part of participation in the program.
However, each program is unique. For more specific information on the certificate of your choice, follow the links found here.
Elective Courses with Parsons
In addition to taking courses in students' designated area of study, those enrolled in certificate programs in Fine Art, Fashion Design and Interior Design are permitted to take courses in other art & design disciplines.
All of the certificate programs have an elective requirement. Parsons courses meeting for nine or more sessions on-campus or online meet the requirement for an individual elective. Courses meeting for fewer than nine sessions count as half of an elective and would need to be combined to fulfill one elective requirement. With the exception of Color Theory, courses that are covered in the Basic Core course cannot be taken as an elective.
Learn more about the specific elective courses on offer for your program on our certificates page.
Certificate Requirements with Parsons
All courses required for the certificate must be completed within two years.
A grade of ‘AP’ must be earned in all required courses.
Students must petition for the certificate no later than one semester following completion of their final course.
The New School academic year consists of fall and spring semesters and a summer term. Academic calendars for summer programs vary by school and program. All calendars can be found here.
Enrollment and Progress Towards Completion
Certificate students may register for all courses online, and benefit from an exclusive pre-registration period one week before registration is made available to the general public. Once enrolled, you may track your progress towards completion by signing into your personal DegreeWorks account. A tutorial on how to access this platform can be found here.
For certificate students enrolled with Parsons at Open Campus, students must file a Certificate Petition Form with Parsons at Open Campus during the last week of their final semester of study.
Official transcripts are maintained for credit and certificate students, and can be requested through my.newschool.edu.
We welcome international students into our certificates but unfortunately the university cannot sponsor a visas for these programs. If you are an international student, please visit link for more information.
Add/Drop and Withdrawal Policies
These policies apply to all noncredit and non-degree credit students.
Withdrawals from courses, transfers from one course to another, and changes to course status (from noncredit to credit, for example) must be done online or in writing. Please be sure to make these changes by the deadlines shown in the schedules below. Any additional tuition or fees are payable at the time the change is made.
To add another course(s) after you have already registered, just complete the normal registration process online, in person, or by mail or fax before the deadline. Note: General credit registration for nine or more credits requires permission. If you have any questions about adding or dropping a course, please contact us.
Please visit our Registrars' page here to review our refund policies.
Refunds for Canceled Courses
The New School reserves the right to cancel courses or adjust curriculum. Courses are typically canceled because of insufficient enrollment, withdrawal of the instructor, or inability to secure appropriate instructional space. If your course is canceled, you will be notified by the Registrar's Office and asked whether you wish to transfer to another course or to receive a full refund of tuition and fees. If you are in a certificate program, please consult with a program advisor if a required course is canceled.
On-campus housing is available only to full-time degree students. Students enrolled in continuing education or certificate courses are not eligible for on-campus housing. Housing is available for some summer intensive programs. You can explore these options here.