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Parsons New Graduate Programs in Development New Graduate Programs in Development. Parsons is reshaping the landscape of graduate design education.

Parsons is reshaping the landscape
of graduate design education.

Design professionals in the 21st century must learn to navigate a fluid, networked, global culture. Parsons The New School for Design is developing a range of dynamic cross-disciplinary graduate-level programs that place design practice and research at the center of that global context.

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MS Strategic Design and Management


Launched in fall 2012, this program can be taken entirely on campus or online with on-campus studios. It brings together a diverse group aspiring to leadership roles in emerging fields: business professionals seeking to complement their business expertise with design capabilities, design practitioners seeking business skills and leadership training, and entrepreneurs interested in developing new service models for a rapidly evolving economy. Visit Strategic Design and Management for more information.

MA theories of
urban practice


This innovative, new research-based graduate program, launched in fall 2012, harnesses the critical knowledge needed to transform cities. It adopts an interdisciplinary view of city design and city building so that students gain a deep understanding of how urban communities are actually shaped. Graduates will be prepared to guide the transformation of cities as strategic leaders of community groups, foundations, educational institutions, think tanks, public agencies, private firms, and global networks of collaborative practices. Visit Theories of Urban Practice for more information.

MA design


This academically rigorous program, launched in fall 2012, places students at the leading edge of scholarly research in the theory and history of design, art, and visuality. Graduates will be prepared for professional work in a broad range of fields including critical writing, curating, museum education, gallery work, advanced scholarship, teaching, and public policy. Visit Design Studies for more information. This program will also be offered at Parsons Paris in fall 2013.*



This groundbreaking master of arts degree program, which launched in fall 2010, engages students in the evolving field of fashion studies. Using an interdisciplinary approach, they study fashion as object, image, text, practice, theory, and concept and develop a critical understanding of its complex global intersections with identities, histories, and cultures in the contemporary world. Visit Fashion Studies for more information.

Graduate Certificate in Design Business


This innovative online program, launched in fall 2012, will offer a cutting-edge curriculum and world-class faculty to those interested in managing emerging business opportunities. The program is aimed at professionals in creative fields, innovation-focused companies, and firms that routinely employ design. Visit Graduate Certificate in Design Business for more information.

Ms Design and


This new 60-credit, two-year, studio-based program radically reframes the study and design of cities, offering critical interdisciplinary methods of analyzing complex urban ecologies and the broad terrain of urban development and restructuring practices. Launched in fall 2012 and the first graduate program of its kind in the United States, it brings together the academic strengths of Parsons and other divisions of The New School, preparing students to design collaborative processes and interventions that address political, economic, social, and environmental concerns—and lead to tangible urban transformation. Visit Design and Urban Ecologies for more information.



Graduate students in this experimental design program, which launched in fall 2010, work in multidisciplinary teams to explore new models of practice that engage projects whose complexity challenges traditional disciplinary approaches. Visit Transdisciplinary Design for more information or comment on our TransBlog.



Launched in 2010, this advanced studio-based program in fashion design encourages students to confront real-world challenges in the fashion industry while developing their capacities not only as outstanding designers, entrepreneurs, and scholars, but also as engaged global citizens. Visit Fashion Design and Society for more information.

* The Paris branch campus is awaiting review by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

Design as a Connective Practice
All new programs—those accepting applications and those still in the planning stages—situate design practice and its artifacts within a broader social framework, empowering students to respond creatively and critically to fast-changing conditions. Collectively, they signal a shift to understanding design as a connective practice that can no longer operate in isolation from the world that is shaping it.

Parsons The New School for Design
Located in New York City, an international center for design, these new programs—those accepting applications and those still in the planning stages—build upon the strength of Parsons The New School for Design as an innovative design school that's part of The New School, a legendary university in New York City known for academic excellence and civic engagement.

Parsons' storied history in design education includes the launch of the first programs for undergraduate study in Graphic Design, Fashion, and Interior Design. Parsons' new areas of graduate study will complement its existing graduate programs in Architecture, Architecture/Lighting Design, Design and Technology, Fashion Design and Society, Fashion Studies, Fine Arts, History of Decorative Arts and Design, Interior Design, Lighting Design, Photography, and Transdisciplinary Design.

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For a comprehensive listing of programs offered throughout the university, visit University Programs A-Z.

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