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  • The Master of Science in Public and Urban Policy program produces leaders with solid analytical skills, an in-depth understanding of management and political strategies, and the ability to work effectively with people, especially in teams. Students also develop negotiation and consensus-building skills. The centerpiece of the program is an experiential curriculum designed to give students a sound foundation in the techniques, theory, and practice of the profession. Students learn how to challenge conventional solutions to the world’s complex problems by engaging with public officials, nonprofit leaders, and private-sector executives.

    Using a variety of instructional approaches — including case analyses, computer-based problem sets, and actual policy and management problems posed by public officials and nonprofit executives — the program introduces students to settings and issues they will face as professionals. The Public and Urban Policy master's program is built around courses in which students develop the intellectual and technical foundations and values of the profession. These are widely applicable to careers in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.

    The Master of Science in Public and Urban Policy is conferred for completion of 42 credits, consisting of two core courses, six program courses, and five electives. In the capstone seminar, students develop individual research- and/or practice-based projects in a collaborative and multidisciplinary learning environment.

    MS in Public and Urban Policy Curriculum

    Courses Credits
    Two Core Courses  
    NURP 5001 Economics for Management and Public Policy 3
    NURP 5013 Quantitative Methods 3
    Six Required Program Courses  
    NURP 5032 Public Management 3
    NURP 6002 Policy Analysis 3
    NURP 5008 Political Economy of the City 3
    NURP 6010 Urban Policy Lab  6
    NURP 5011 Public Finance and Fiscal Management 3
    NURP 6008 Advanced Seminar in Public and Urban Policy 3
    Five Electives
    Students use their five elective courses to broaden their policy and management knowledge and technical expertise. In consultation with an academic advisor, they choose electives from a wide range of courses offered by the Milano School and other graduate programs at the university. Students have the option of using their electives to pursue one of several areas of specialization, or they can be generalists. In any case, at least one elective must be an approved transnational or cross-cultural course. 15
    Total 42


    The Milano School strongly encourages supplementing your classroom learning with internship experiences. Internships are especially important if you have limited experience or you are making a career change.