The Milano School's Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs offers a critical and interdisciplinary perspective on important international policy questions. The approach to international affairs is distinctive in the New School tradition: reflective, iconoclastic, and morally engaged. The program was recently named one of the country's top international affairs programs by the Foreign Policy Association.
Students complete an MA or an MS degree in International Affairs in one of five concentrations: Cities and Social Justice, Conflict and Security, Development, Governance and Rights or Media and Culture. In addition to the Studley Program curriculum, they can take advantage of the diversity of related courses offered by other graduate programs of Milano School (in nonprofit management, urban policy and sustainability), graduate Media Studies, and the graduate programs of Parsons The New School for Design and The New School for Social Research.
International Affairs alumni are working worldwide in media and cultural institutions, education, development, peacekeeping and conflict resolution, social enterprises, diplomacy, human rights, and public health and social welfare.
The New School's approach to international affairs is shaped by our faculty of distinguished scholars, policy advocates, and experienced professionals in development, human rights, media and other fields. Their careers exemplify the integration of theory, practice, and a commitment to social justice. Critical thinking and practical social engagement are intertwined in the International Affairs curriculum, in the Practicum in International Affairs, the International Field Program, and focused research in courses and masters theses. Our students can gain real-world experience through internships in available among the many organizations devoted to international issues that are located in New York City and from engagement with the city itself as a global metropolis.
Every summer, the Milano School's International Field Program (IFP) offers graduate students opportunities around the world to work and conduct research. Typical projects include hands-on community development activities, support for post-conflict state-building, and long-term monitoring and evaluation of problems and proposed solutions. Organizations that have recently hosted our students include the Asian Human Rights Commission in Hong Kong, the Argentine Ministry of Economy in Buenos Aires, and the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development in Uganda. Students prepare for the IFP by training data collection, political risk assessment, report and grant writing, and monitoring and evaluation. In the field, they benefit from the kinds of experience that can be had only by living and working in another part of the world.
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"Over the past decade, the graduate program in International
Affairs has advanced critical social science perspectives on current
challenges in global media, development, human rights, urbanization,
peace, and security. Our diverse student body forms an active community
that combines theory, research, analysis, and practice in the pursuit of
social and economic justice. Faculty members contribute insights from
both their professional experience and their academic research
addressing core problems of globalization."
—Michael Cohen, Director, International Affairs