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Design and Urban Ecologies (MS)

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The first graduate program of its kind in the United States, the two-year, 60-credit Master of Science in Design and Urban Ecologies explores the urban complex and its interconnections with political, social, economic, and environmental systems. Using world cities like New York as a laboratory and working in transdisciplinary teams, students design processes for urban transformation alongside and with, not for, the communities most deeply affected by these processes.

Studio in the City

Bringing together the academic strengths of Parsons and other schools and colleges of The New School, this studio-based program trains students to become agents of change, working with the communities and institutions that shape urban ecosystems. Guided by internationally recognized urbanists, designers, and activists, students confront urgent problems facing cities and develop new research methodologies, design frameworks, and critical practices, using the city as an urban laboratory.

Thinking Professionals

This program is for students who are motivated to critically address issues of contemporary urbanization. Students collaborate with colleagues in the research-based MA in Theories of Urban Practice program; in Parsons’ School of Constructed Environments and School of Art, Media, and Technology; in The New School for Social Research; in the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy; and in other schools and colleges of The New School.

Future Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for careers in urban design; urban and regional planning; public and urban policy; social, cultural, and environmental enterprises; community organizing; research; nonprofit management; teaching; government administration; municipal/regional development; and consulting. The program also provides a foundation for those who wish to pursue doctoral studies at top universities around the world.

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.