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Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

Can justice be a public good


Public and Urban Policy MS

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  • Students in our Public and Urban Policy master's program ask questions that challenge conventional policy definitions to rethink critical urban issues.

    Partner with policymakers in government agencies and nonprofit organizations to design creative solutions to real-world urban policy issues. Work within a community of scholar-practitioners to put theory into practice in the intensive Urban Policy Lab, and challenge the status quo to create initiatives that drive real innovation in social and urban policy.

    Change begins with a question. What will you ask?

  • Program Highlights

    • Work on policy or management issues for government officials and nonprofit executives in applied, client-centered courses.
    • Join conversations around pressing issues including democracy, urbanization, technological change, economic empowerment, social equity, sustainability, migration, and globalization.
    • Use New York City as your local laboratory to explore the challenges faced by cities across the country and around the world.
    • Work in teams to tackle two major projects with public-sector and nonprofit clients as early as your second semester—in the Urban Policy Lab. 
  • Program Basics

    • 16-month fast-track, 2-year full-time or 3.5-year part-time
    • Fall or spring start
    • NASPAA-accredited
    • No GRE required

    awarded to Milano School in 2015

    2016 rankings for Social Policy (18) and City Management & Urban Policy (19)
  • Experiential Learning

    In the intensive, six-credit Urban Policy Lab, students apply classroom theories to real-world projects in government agencies, NGOs, nonprofits, and start-ups around the world.

  • Featured Course

    The Urban Policy Lab is an immersive 6-credit course at the heart of this program. Students collaborate in small teams to resolve pressing policy issues for public or nonprofit client. Students undertake research, analysis, and formal presentations for major NYC organizations and government agencies.

  • "The Public and Urban Policy program prepares leaders for a wide range of settings, with unparalleled emphasis on experiential learning."

    Alec Ian Gershberg, PhD
    Associate Professor of Urban Policy 

  • Why the New School?

    With a world-class faculty, a collaborative cross-disciplinary approach, and learning experiences that extend far beyond the classroom, The New School offers you a chance to become a world changer. The Milano School has long been recognized for its innovative approach to educating leaders who make a measurable difference, with many graduates leading public, private, creative, and nongovernmental institutions around the world and in New York City.