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Areas of specialization are sets of related courses that can help students tailor their graduate program to their personal and professional goals. A specialization is not a requirement for the degree, but it can be valuable on a résumé to communicate expertise to potential employers.
In the "knowledge economy," a solid understanding of quantitative methods, data management, data visualization, and computer-driven statistical analysis enhances your career and ability to make a difference in a variety of settings.
Recommended courses include those listed below. However, you may fulfill the specialization in consultation with your advisor by taking a wide range of courses both at and outside of Milano at The New School. A specialization in Applied Quantitative Methods and Data Visualization should include at least three of the following courses.
NINT 5423 Advanced GIS*NURP 6015 Advanced Quantitative Methods*PSAM 5010 Data Visualization and Information Aesthetics NINT 5380 GIS for International Crises, Development, and the Environment*PSAM 5020 Machine LearningNURP 5027 Quantitative Research DesignNINT 5423 Research Design and Data Collection*NURP 6522 Situation Analysis for Urbanists and Policy Makers
Nearly all government, nonprofit, and public and private enterprises need staff members or managers whose primary responsibilities are to guide investment activities, report on financial conditions, manage internal financial reports, and develop and carry out financial activities that affect the current and future operating plans of their organization or enterprise.
Milano's Finance specialization emphasizes accountability and the leveraging of private resources for public purposes. Students learn the fundamentals of budgeting and financial management in the public, private, governmental, and nonprofit sectors. Coursework includes introductory accounting and finance, learning the fundamentals of impact investing, the financing of housing and community development projects, and ways to address the entrepreneurial needs of socially responsible business ventures. In more advanced courses, students prepare financial pro formas for affordable housing, evaluate courses of action for economic development organizations, assess and recommend management decisions in the context of microfinance, and learn to identify and secure gap funding for projects. This specialization helps prepare students for positions in the public, private, governmental, and nonprofit sectors, including careers in banking, community development lending, and municipal finance and at public agencies, NGOs, and community development corporations.
There is also an opportunity for experiential learning through the Community Development Finance Lab Project. Students work as financial consultants to local community-based organizations to provide analysis based on networking with professionals in the field.
Recommended courses are listed below. However, you may fulfill the specialization in consultation with your advisor by taking a wide range of finance courses both at and outside of the Milano School at The New School. A specialization in Finance should include at least three of the courses listed below.
NURP 5018 Capital Markets and Municipal FinanceNURP 6013 Community Development Finance LabGPOL 6416 Critical Theory of Contemporary Capitalism: Finance, Logistics, ExtractionGECO 5050 Cultures of Finance*NURP 5003 Elements of FinanceNMGM 5002 Financial Management in Nonprofit OrganizationsNINT 5318 Financial Markets and DevelopmentNURP 5026 Food Policy and Agribusiness FinanceNURP 5004 Housing Finance and Real Estate DevelopmentNURP 5037 Infrastructure Finance and DesignGECO 6252 International Trade*NURP 5080 Accounting and Finance IntensiveNURP 6023 Urban Economic Development
For the first time in history, most of the world's inhabitants live in cities. Urban centers are where change is happening: in the economy, finance, technology, culture, and the environment. It is crucial for policymakers, citizens, and communities to understand how these rapid and unprecedented transformations are linked together and how they can be shaped and managed to improve the welfare of communities, cities, and nations. The Global Urban Futures specialization will train practitioners to address these issues and strengthen understanding of possibilities for innovative change. Mindful of history and responding to the imperatives of current problems, the Global Urban Futures specialization will prepare practitioners to design and lead the urban future.
The Global Urban Futures specialization draws on the unique strengths of more than 20 full-time faculty members from a range of disciplines, including economics, urban planning, urban studies, public finance, political science, anthropology, sociology, architecture, urban history, environmental sciences, and community development. It explores urbanization in relation to globalization, climate change, the global and national economies, and media, technology, and culture. Students in the Global Urban Futures specialization analyze the way global factors interact with local environments, actors, and institutions to produce new urban forms, policies, behaviors, problems, and opportunities.
Recommended courses include those listed below. However, you may fulfill the specialization in consultation with your advisor by taking a wide range of courses both at and outside of Milano. A specialization in Global Urban Futures should include at least three of the following courses.
NEPS 5013 Urban Energy TransitionsNEPS 5022 Environmental Justice: Race, Class, and the EnvironmentNINT 5078 Urban Poverty and InequalityNINT 5135 Children, Rights, Poverty, EqualityNINT 5191 Urban CenturyPSCE 5125 Urbanization, Sustainability, and Public SpaceUTNS 5120 The Right to the City: An Overview of the Contemporary Urban CrisisNINT 5012 African CitiesNINT 5439 Communities in Urban DevelopmentNINT 6354 Slums and Urban Development NURP 5036 The Design of CIties: Policy, Planning, and PeopleNURP 5037 Infrastructure Finance and Design
Students can also explore the International Field Program (IFP).
The Housing and Community Development specialization focuses on innovative approaches for improving the quality of life in low-income urban communities, including affordable housing. It situates housing policy and community development within the context of racial disparities and discrimination; global, national, and regional economic trends; the devolution of government responsibilities to the state and local levels; the growing role of community development corporations and other nonprofit organizations; and innovative ways of financing community development projects. Courses include lectures and class discussions, as well as visits to leading community-based organizations. This specialization engages students in current policy debates, introduces them to cutting-edge initiatives, and provides training in the technical and analytical skills necessary for careers in government, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector. The specialization enables students to focus on housing, economic development, and other aspects of community development.
Recommended courses are listed below. However, you may fulfill the specialization in consultation with your advisor by taking a wide range of courses both at and outside of Milano. Students interested in the Housing and Community Development specialization should complete three or more of the following courses.
NINT 5439 Communities in Urban DevelopmentNURP 6013 Community Development Finance Lab PGUD 5180 Design and Urban Ecologies Studio*NURP 5036 The Design of Cities: Policy, Planning, and People NURP 5021 Housing PolicyNURP 5004 Housing Finance and Real Estate Development NINT 5040 Housing in Global Perspective UTNS 5120 The Right to the City: An Overview of the Contemporary Urban Crisis NINT 5078 Urban Poverty and inequality NINT 6424 Urbanization and Economic GrowthPSCE 5125 Urbanization, Sustainability, and Public Space
The post-1980 neoliberal era has been characterized by a spectacular increase in income and wealth inequality in the United States, nowhere as great and concentrated as in New York City and other large metropolitan areas. Other exacerbated disparities — in the quality of education, access to health care, affordable housing, decent food, and transportation — are both causes and consequences of the explosion in income and wealth disparities. With the decline of older industrial cities and the rise of Sunbelt cities that tend to be governed with far less regulation and social protections, inequalities have grown dramatically between cities and regions. The labor market is a chief culprit, with workers too often stratified by gender, race, ethnicity, and nativity into different parts of the urban job structure.What explains and what can be done about this growing inequality? What lessons have been learned and what new approaches need to be tried in the areas of labor, criminal justice, public health, education, technology, and poverty? This specialization offers students the opportunity to concentrate their studies on courses that address these questions through a range of social policy lenses.Recommended courses are listed below. However, you may fulfill the specialization in consultation with your advisor by taking a wide range of courses both at and outside of Milano. Students interested in the Inequality and Social Policy specialization should complete three or more of the following courses.
NINT 5135 Children, Rights, Poverty, Equality NINT 5325 Global Health, Poverty, and Development NURP 5024 Poverty, Policy, and Families NURP 5113 The Social Determinants of Health
NINT 6122 Globalized Labor NURP 5077 Inequality and Varieties of Capitalism GECO 6270 Labor Economics 1: Labor, Development, and Gender*NINT 5050 The Minimum Wage, Worker Rights, and Household Well-Being (one-credit course)NURP 5017 Racial Economic Disparities: Causes and ConsequencesNINT 5078 Urban Poverty and Inequality GSOC 6185 Workers, Movements, and Politics*
NURP 6524 Digital Equity Lab: Technology, Design, and the Policy LandscapeGPHI 6724 A New Theory of Technology*NMDS 5333 Technology, Power, and Social ChangeNMDS 5332 Thinking Technology
The specialization in Policy and Design Strategies is a collaboration between Milano and Parsons at The New School. It provides a curricular pathway for Milano students who seek to incorporate significant elements of design thinking methods and practices into their study of public and urban policy. Students use most of the electives in their degree programs to take courses at Parsons' School of Design Strategies. The course of study emphasizes design- and spatial-driven perspectives in the study of the dynamics of urbanization and public services. Students approach design as a field and a discipline that provides an instrumental lens and set of methods through which individuals and social groups engage in co-producing inclusive and participatory urban spaces and services that work.
Recommended courses are listed below. However, you may fulfill the specialization in consultation with your advisor by taking a wide range of courses both at and outside of Milano. A specialization in Policy and Design Strategies should include at least three of the following courses.
PGTD 5130 Design-Led Research*NURP 5036 The Design Of Cities: Policy, Planning, and PeoplePGUD 5160 Design and Urban Ecologies Methods 1*PGUD 5180 Design and Urban Ecologies Studio 1*NURP 6542 Digital Equity Lab: Technology, Design, and the Policy LandscapePSDS 5512 Global Urban Studio: IntensiveNURP 5037 Infrastructure Finance and DesignPGTD 5100 Project Studio 1: Transdisciplinary Design Practice (Intro)*PSDS 5508 Public Space LabPGAR 5513 Theory of Urban Form*PGUD 5110 Urban Colloquium 1*PGUD 5120 Urban Colloquium 2* (prerequisite: Urban Colloquium 1)
Public policy is often formulated in the context of political negotiations and organized constituencies. Gaining buy-in, mobilizing support, and navigating political and institutional systems are part of any policymaking process. The courses in this specialization equip students with the tools to not only identify effective and inclusive policy interventions but also get them supported and adopted. Coursework focuses on electoral politics, including how political campaigns are organized and supported around an agenda; organizing methods and strategies for developing issue campaigns, public awareness, engagement, and support; strategies that reflect an understanding and take advantage of government and non-governmental formations; and public education and persuasion.Recommended courses are listed below. However, you may fulfill the specialization in consultation with your advisor by taking a wide range of courses both at and outside of Milano. A specialization in Politics, Media, and Advocacy should include at least three of the following courses.
NMGM 5044 Marketing Principles and PerspectivesNMDS 5426 Media Practices: Design Principles* (prerequisite: Media Design (NMDS 5008) or instructor permission)NINT 6296 Media, Social Movements, and Political IdeasNINT 5220 Media, Culture, and Global Politics NINT 5213 Human Rights and Media NINT 5136 Media and Politics of PropagandaGPOL 6305 Politics, Democracy, and Sovereignty NMGM 5030 Re-imagining Social Movements NMDS 5253 Political Media and CommunicationNINT 5327 Human Rights Research and Advocacy NURP 5030 Voting Rights, Democratic Deliberation, and Disparities: A Living History
The Milano community plays a critical role in countering historic inequities and creating a more inclusive and sustainable economy. This area of study equips students to identify systems of stratification and develop policy pathways to remove barriers and generate greater economic, social, and political inclusion. Through critical reflection and practical application, students explore how countervailing forces in the public, private, nonprofit, and informal sectors struggle over the actualization of our "inalienable rights." Courses in this area of study offered at Milano and throughout the university provide an interdisciplinary approach for advancing a new narrative of global and local social justice.Recommended courses include those listed below. However, you may fulfill the specialization in consultation with your advisor by taking a wide range of courses both at and outside of Milano. A specialization in Race, Gender, and Economic Stratification should include at least three of the following courses.
NURP 5522 400 Years of InequalityNMGM 5576 Critical Foundations for ManagementNURP 6524 Digital Equity Lab: Technology, Design, and the Policy LandscapeNEPS 5022 Environmental Justice: Race, Class, and the EnvironmentNINT 6297 Feminist Economics NINT 6258 Gender and DevelopmentGLIB 5406 Gender and Its Discontents*NMDS 5117 Gender, Culture, and MediaGHIS 5233 Gender, Politics, and History *NINT 5372 Human Rights Research and Advocacy*NINT 6022 GPOL 6022 Postcolonial and Feminist Theories of International RelationsNMDS 5166 Race, Ethnicity, Class in MediaNURP 6523 Race, Policy, and DiscourseNURP 5017 Racial Economic Disparities: Causes and ConsequencesNMGM 5030 Re-imagining Social MovementsNURP 6522 Situation Analysis for Urbanists and Policymakers GHIS 5260 Slavery, Race, Capitalism*NMGM 5031 Speaking Race to PowerNINT 5078 Urban Poverty and Inequality
Why do some cities grow faster than
others? What can cities do to attract
firms and encourage their development and prosperity? Why are there such great disparities in
economic resources between urban neighborhoods, and what can public policies do
to mitigate these inequities? In this
specialization, students grapple with these questions and learn to harness, in
a socially conscious way, the complexities of urban economies. Students take courses that prepare them to
design, assess, and engage with policies intended to improve the economic and
social well-being of cities and local communities. The approach is holistic and
multidisciplinary, relying on both topical and technical coursework to build subject area expertise and transferable skills. Economic development policies are considered
broadly, drawing on cases that include but are not limited to spatially
targeted enterprise zones, inclusionary housing policies, low-income entrepreneurship
programs, and sports stadiums. Much of the coursework also draws on local
economic development cases from around the globe to inform creative, feasible,
and equitable policy design and evaluation.
Recommended courses include those listed below. However, you may fulfill the specialization in consultation with your advisor by taking a wide range of courses both at and outside of Milano. A specialization in Urban and Regional Economic Development should include at least three of the following courses.
NURP 6013 Community Development Finance LabNINT 5439 Communities in Urban Development NURP 5036 The Design of Cities: Policy, Planning, and People GECO 6290 Economic Development*NEPS 5014 The Future Will Be Cooperative: Coops, Community Land Trusts, and the CommonsNURP 5024 Poverty, Policy, and Family NINT 6295 Politics of InfrastructureNINT 5000 Theories, Histories, and Practices of Development NINT 5191 Urban Century NURP 6023 Urban Economic DevelopmentNINT 5078 Urban Poverty and Inequality NURP 5041 Urban Theory and Practice
A specialization in environmental policy might include courses from the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management program.
A specialization in nonprofit management might include courses from the Nonprofit Management program.
*Some courses require special permission from the sponsoring program. PGAR, PGTD, and PGUD restricted courses require a Parsons Permission Form. If you believe you are being prevented from registering for a course in error, please contact email@example.com.
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Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management (MS)
Nonprofit Management (MS)
Organizational Change Management (MS)
Public and Urban Policy (MS)
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Leadership and Change (Post-Master's Certificate)
Organization Development (Post-Master's Certificate)
Sustainability Strategies (Post-Master's Certificate)