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Milano’s Master of Science in Public and Urban Policy challenges you to develop innovative solutions for the world’s thorniest challenges, which are increasingly urban and global. Milano’s community of scholars examine today’s urban policy issues in real time and design creative solutions, all while working closely with policymakers in government agencies and nonprofit organizations.
We give you the opportunity to work on policy analysis in real-world settings, with a focus on social justice. Put theory into practice and apply your analytical and collaborative problem-solving skills as early as your second semester in our
Urban Policy Lab. Our areas of specialization allow you to explore emerging fields of study, such as data visualization, global urban futures, food and environment, housing and community development, finance and capital markets, politics and advocacy, and many others. Our partnerships with Parsons and the School of Media Studies, and The New School’s commitment to design and social research as essential means of exploring the issues of our time, put you at the center of conversations around democracy, urbanization, technological change, economic empowerment, social equity, sustainability, migration, and globalization. The result is a challenge to the status quo and an opportunity for you to translate your passion into real-world policy initiatives that change people’s lives.
Do you want a program that is fast and focused? Or do you want to continue working full-time while you study? We offer three different paths toward your degree so that you can choose the right one for your academic and professional goals. Each combines the academic rigor, hands-on learning, and supportive and collaborative setting that are the hallmarks of the NASPAA-accredited Master of Science in Public and Urban Policy.
New York is a global city and
our local laboratory. We take advantage of the diversity of people and activities that the city attracts — from immigrant communities to Wall Street, from public schools and housing projects to meetings of world leaders — to explore the challenges faced by cities across the country and around the world.
Our faculty and students work with local organizations (such as the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the Human Services Council, and WE ACT for Environmental Justice) and government leaders (such as the New York City mayor’s office and the New York City Housing Authority) to identify and understand
policy alternatives that improve the lives of New Yorkers and design, advocate for, and bring about a better global urban future.
We prepare our students for fulfilling careers in government, international agencies, the private sector, think tanks, foundations, and nonprofits. Milano students and alumni pursue careers around the world in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors; in local, national, and international organizations; and in financial services. They support underserved constituencies by partnering with advocacy groups working on community development and housing. Many begin working in one sector and move on to another or work in organizations that build strategic alliances and partnerships across sectors. Milano degrees prepare graduates to succeed in many professions, rather than limiting them to narrow expertise. At graduation, every student has a professional portfolio and highly developed analytical and managerial skills in his or her field of study.
The Public and Urban Policy Program is accredited by
NASPAA, the membership association for graduate programs in public administration, public policy, and public affairs—the Global Standard in Public Service Education. Milano is the proud
recipient of the NASPAA 2015 Social Equity Award.
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"Cities are where inclusive and innovative policies are tested and grown. In the Public and Urban Policy master's program, we use these urban settings as laboratories for informing effective and just public policies more broadly. Through a steadfast commitment to experiential learning and social justice, students gain the technical skills and policy expertise to tackle thorny problems and effect meaningful change."
— Rachel Meltzer Chair, MS in Public and Urban Policy Program