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Economics, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #561 (QS) New York City, NY, United States
The Economics program of The New School engages students in an informed, critical, and passionate investigation of the economic dynamics of contemporary society. 
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The Economics program of The New School is committed to providing you with a robust grasp of the technical tools of contemporary economic analysis as well as a well-rounded understanding of the contributions of Adam Smith, Karl Marx, David Ricardo, JM Keynes, and other leading figures in the history of economic thought. It's an approach that the renowned economist, author, and New School professor Robert Heilbroner (1919‐2005) called “the worldly philosophy.”.

Lang's Economics program seeks to train technically savvy economists who are aware that true economic insight is not based on received wisdoms or dogma. Economics is a living body of knowledge that evolves according to social and political debates and struggles. Through the interdisciplinary study of economics, you'll be empowered to participate effectively in debates about some of the central unresolved dilemmas of modern society.

During your studies you develop your ability to draw on this holistic understanding of economics to intervene critically - as a professional and an engaged citizen - into debates on pressing issues of economic analysis and policy, such as:

  • Causes of and possible solutions for rising levels of economic inequality
  • Challenges that developing regions face in efforts to increase employment, incomes, and productivity
  • Origins of economic crises and what societies can do to avoid and manage them
  • Economic aspects of class, gender, racial, and ethnic divisions
  • Economic strategies to tackle climate change
  • The future of capitalism

Career Paths

Training in quantitative economic methods prepares you for careers in law, politics, business, social activism, media, and a wealth of other professions. Our graduates have made careers with the United Nations and other international organizations, and in government, trade unions, community development organizations, environmental groups, and private-sector companies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Comparative Economic Systems
  • The Economics of Crisis and Austerity
  • International Economic Policy Analysis
  • Political Economy of Development
  • An Introduction To Marx's Capital
  • Studying Capitalism

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • All applicants are required to apply online using the Common Application
  • Additional Supporting Documents
  • Application fees are $50 for U.S. domestic applicants, and $75 for international applicants
  • Official Transcripts
  • Essay
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • The New School does not require submission of SAT, SAT Subject Tests or ACT scores for applications to be considered complete
  • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, and Duolingo test scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    48760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24380 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    48760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24380 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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