SPS Real World

The Future of Work

How do you prepare for jobs that have yet to be invented or entire industries that don’t yet exist? This is how: we put you in the real world.

A-List Industry Partners

Work directly with top executives from the hottest companies for 14 weeks and receive course credit. These courses build relationships and skills. This is why you came to NYU SPS.

Real World

Work in multidisciplinary teams to solve actual business problems in an experiential, flipped-classroom format. Viable student solutions get implemented in the real world. Welcome to 21st century professional education.

You in 2050

Your job will change. Your career will change. The world of work will change. You'll learn the skills you need by solving new problems in the real world, in real time. Real World gives you that durable and enduring professional edge.

Real World Courses

Work in multidisciplinary student teams, in fluid consultation and communication, with A-list organization executives and SPS faculty on a real world problem the organization faces. Research, prepare, and present your solutions on the final day of class. Selected ideas are implemented, concretely, into their real world business practice.


Special Olympics

Campus program

Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays (May 23–July 11, 2023), 6:20pm - 8:50pm
Credits: 3-credit course

NOTE: If you are uncertain about whether or not Real World courses will count towards your degree requirements, please consult your academic advisor.

Coming Soon!

Summer 2023 Timeline

Application Opens: January 17, 2023
Application Deadline: March 31, 2023
Application Decisions: Rolling*
Summer 2023 Registration Opens: February 13, 2023

Fall 2023 Timeline

Application Opens: April 3, 2023
Application Deadline: June 2, 2023
Application Decisions: Rolling*
Fall 2023 Registration Opens: April 24, 2023

Past Info Session

Upcoming Info Session

Application Instructions

  • *Application decisions will be made on a rolling basis and will be posted to the application status portal. Please wait at least two weeks after submission before contacting us for a status update.
  • All applications must be submitted through the application portal below by the deadline in order to be considered. Emailed applications will not be accepted
  • All applications must include a copy of an unofficial transcript downloaded from Albert, even if no credits have been earned yet.
  • Once a decision is made, we will contact you with instructions on how to register using an access code. Students are admitted on a first-come first-serve basis. If accepted, your registration will be gauranteed.
  • Due to high demand, students are only permitted to be waitlisted for ONE Real World section at a time. If a student is actively enrolled in ANY section of Real World, they cannot be waitlisted for another section. 
  • If you are accepted into Real World, you still have to wait until the official University registration period or your specific registration window opens. You will not be able to register before this.

Who We Work With

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Lorum Ipsum
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The Frick Collection logo
Lorum Ipsum
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Dallas Mavericks logo
NYCFC logo
New York Mets
Roc Nation
Creative Artists Agency
The Standard Hotel
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NYU Athletics
Hewlett Packard
Prudential Center
Ernst & Young
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Caesars Sportsbook
GRAMMY Museum Logo
Hugo Boss Logo
Boston Beer Co. Logo
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Industry Testimonials

See Our 30 Second Commercial

Hot from interviews with past Real World students. The spot has been seen all over the world. In Real World, our students really do turn pro as soon as they enroll.

NYCFC-Real World

We taught high school students in radio/podcast skills. Guess what? They produced 10 minutes of content weekly on WNYC public radio. Very proud of this award-winning partnership with NYCFC, City of New York, WNYC.  

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New York Jets Real World: eSports Day

Our students created a gameday theme for the New York Jets which was so popular, the NFL cited it as a "best practice" in their internal league newsletter. NYU featured it as a "Cool Course" in January 2019.


January 7, 2022

Real World Prudential Center Course Challenges Students to Find Solutions for Business Problems

August 30, 2019

Owner of Iconic Montauk Hotel Praises NYU Real World

May 19, 2019

Real World Dean Receives 2019 NYU Distinguished Teaching Award

April 12, 2019

AXIOS: Real World Dean Joins Chorus Questioning College Majors

April 4, 2019

AXIOS Calls NYU SPS Real World “the future”

January 17, 2019

Instagram Real World: NYU “Cool Course” January 2019

November 24, 2018

New York Jets Real World: NYU "Cool Course" December 2018

November 19, 2018

Higher Ed Mag evolllution Q&A: Real World Assistant Dean David Hollander

Connect with Real World

For More Information Email SPS Real World

SPS Real World  Office
7 East 12th Street
4th Floor