About | The New School for Public Engagement


  • Innovative, Action-Oriented, and Engaged

    The Milano School is widely recognized for its innovative approaches to educating leaders who make a measurable difference. Its activities focus on addressing complex, real-world problems in cities, organizations, and communities. Milano's approach is both comparative and global, with a commitment to the achievement of a just and equitable world.

    Milano blends critical theory with hands-on practice, progressive thinking with social engagement, and research with reflection in action. The unparalleled faculty of scholars and practitioners engage in multidisciplinary, critical approaches that challenge prevailing wisdom. Milano graduates lead public, private, and non-governmental institutions around the world and in New York City.

    The Milano School's Center for New York City Affairs and the Observatory on Latin America conduct applied research and convene public programs, engaging dialogue on pressing issues of interest.

    A Brief History of Milano

    The Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy was constituted in 2011 by merging two institutions with innovative histories: the Milano School of Management and Urban Policy and the Graduate Program in International Affairs.

    • In 1964 the Center for New York City Affairs was founded as the first teaching and research center in the United States devoted to the study of a single metropolitan area. Part of the activities of the center evolved into The Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, which in 1996 was named in honor of long-time New School trustee Robert J. Milano. The Milano curriculum has always encouraged creative thinking designed to enact progressive social, economic, and political change. The school's nearly 8,000 graduates lead organizations, programs, and policymaking entities in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
    • The Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA) of The New School was founded in 2001, and over the first decade of its operation grew to become the largest international affairs program in the United States that was not its own independent school. In 2012 the program was named in honor of New School trustee and Board chairman Julien J. Studley. The Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs (SGPIA) is a multidisciplinary program with approximately 350 students from 62 countries. The program's more than 1,000 graduates work in international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and government, in their own countries and in the United States.

    About Robert J. Milano

    Robert J. Milano (1912-2000) grew up in the Hell's Kitchen area of Manhattan and attended public school and university in New York, majoring in business administration and financial law. He later attended classes at The New School for Social Research.

    Mr. Milano served on the Board of Trustees of The New School from 1976 to 2000. Previously, he had been a member of the advisory board of the J.M. Kaplan Center and was Vice-Chair of the Visiting Committee to the Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy from 1975 to 1983.

    Mr. Milano was involved in transforming The New School into a major urban university with a distinctive orientation to public service and the arts, providing financial support for increased undergraduate scholarships, paid faculty leaves, venture capital grants to stimulate innovative academic programs, a student residence hall, and an undergraduate student center.

    About Julien J. Studley

    Julien J. Studley (1927- ) was a refugee from Belgium during World War II and took courses at The New School in the 1950s and 1960s. He built a thriving real estate business in New York and around the United States. He became closely involved with the New School, becoming a University Trustee in 1987 and serving as its chairman from 2008 to 2009.

    Mr. Studley was an early supporter of the Graduate Program in International Affairs, serving on its first Advisory Committee and providing financial support for the International Field Program, student fellowships, and the Observatory on Latin America (OLA), of which he was a founding benefactor.

    In 2012 he gave a major gift to the university which expanded the OLA and established the Studley Faculty Research Fund, the Studley Faculty Fellow Program, and expanded the International Field Program.


    The New School is Accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

    A privately supported institution, The New School is chartered as a university by the Regents of the State of New York.

    The Urban Policy Analysis and Management Program is accredited by NASPAA (National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration).