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Address urgent global issues, find just solutions for all communities.
The New School is at the forefront of addressing global environmental issues, thanks to Milano's Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management (EPSM) program. This program is designed to turn students' passion for environmental change and sustainability
into careers with impact. Our students benefit from small, customized classes, a rigorous program of critical theory and practice, and close attention from a faculty engaged in research, scholarship, and cutting-edge professional practice. Our practice-based
learning places students front and center alongside organizations working on the most pressing environmental issues of our time, from climate change and environmental justice to food systems and sustainable development.
Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management students also have access to the
Tishman Environment and Design Center, a university-wide institute committed to bringing an interdisciplinary and environmental justice approach to contemporary environmental challenges. The Tishman
Student Scholars program provides a competitive grant that funds student-designed research and projects related to climate change, environmental, or sustainability issues. Students in
the program also benefit from an array of courses and programs throughout the university, including the
International Field Program, graduate courses across a variety of disciplines like
media studies, sustainable design at
Parsons, and other
Milano courses in management and policy.
Students in this program also benefit from the resources, student networks, and faculty expertise of a university-wide community engaged in management and entrepreneurship.
While studying in New York City — a global hub for major environmental and sustainability organizations — our students tackle real-world challenges at government institutions, corporations, small, innovative start-ups, companies, and nonprofits throughout
the city. The EPSM program culminates in a capstone project in which students bring their knowledge and critical perspectives to a real-world challenge. For a sample of recent capstone projects, visit the
Milano School blog.
Students customize their course of study in consultation with a program advisor, focusing broadly on either environmental policy or sustainability management. The program also offers further
areas of specialization, including the option for students to create their own specialization by taking elective courses from across the university.
The program is flexible and convenient for working professionals as well as recent college graduates. Students can study full-time and complete the program in two years, or study part-time for three to five years. There are numerous
external scholarships available to graduate students with an environmental focus.
The EPSM faculty works closely with each student to provide mentorship and guidance as they explore their professional development goals. Faculty with extensive professional experience help students learn about environmental and sustainability careers
and provide connections to networks of peers and professional organizations that can lead to future opportunities. The Milano School also has specialized career services staff that advise students and graduates as they search for internships, fellowships,
and employment opportunities.
Students will be prepared to work in a variety of sectors, including government, nonprofits, advocacy and social change organizations, policy and research institutes, as well as and corporate and other private sector firms. EPSM graduates hold such positions
as Director of Environment and Sustainability at Information Technology Industry Council, Sustainability Project Manager for the City of Orlando, Chief Sustainability Officer for the town of North Hempstead, NY; Green Business Support Specialist at
the Center for Eco Technology; and Project Manager at the Sustainable Development Solutions Center. Others have started their own businesses or consulting firms, or have gone on to pursue doctoral degrees. See where some of
our alumni are working. These alumni stay connected through a robust online Alumni Network group and the program hosts an annual on-campus Alumni
and Student Mixer to strengthen the connections our students have with professionals pursuing their passion in the environmental field.
Note: This program is STEM-designated. Eligible F-1 students in this program can apply for an additional 24 months of optional practical training at the end of their post-completion OPT.
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Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management (MS)
Nonprofit Management (MS)
Organizational Change Management (MS)
Public and Urban Policy (MS)
Public and Urban Policy (PhD)
Leadership and Change (Post-Master's Certificate)
Organization Development (Post-Master's Certificate)
Sustainability Strategies (Post-Master's Certificate)
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