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Theories of Urban Practice (MA)

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Transforming cities

This 36-credit research-driven MA degree program is for students who wish to pursue advanced studies in urbanism or careers as urban researchers, designers, teachers, design critics, policy advisors, and leaders of nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and private design and development firms. Students study design as a vehicle and a catalyst for bringing together government agencies, community-based groups, civic associations, the nonprofit and the private sector in co-creating and transforming urban and ecological networks. They can take a project-based studio in Parsons’ MS in Design and Urban Ecologies program and have opportunities to participate in interdisciplinary projects offered throughout the university.

Innovative Environment

The program is housed in Parsons’ School of Design Strategies, an educational environment that fosters innovative thinking about and experimentation with the design of cities, services, and ecosystems. Parsons is part of The New School, a pioneering university located in the heart of New York City that offers some of the nation’s most respected programs in design, social sciences, liberal arts, performing arts, and management and policy. 

Future Opportunities

Graduates pursue careers in urban design, city planning, government administration, nonprofit management, collaborative urbanism, teaching, research, and social enterprise.

This program is part of Parsons' School of Design Strategies (SDS). Learn about the SDS community and explore our blog to see what students, faculty, and alumni are doing in NYC and around the world.

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