The MS in Public and Urban Policy is awarded for successful completion of 42 credits. The curriculum consists of two core courses, six required program courses, and five electives. In the capstone Advanced Seminar, students work with a client to analyze
real-world issues and present solutions.
The program introduces students to critical thinking, policy analysis and memo writing, persuasive communication, case studies, qualitative research, quantitative data sets, and applied learning experiences.
Positive Real-World Impact
Our curriculum trains students to communicate across differences and foster public service and social justice values in ever-changing political and organizational environments. The 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. Graduates leave with the tools and skills to challenge to the status quo and a passion for policymaking that changes people’s lives for the
Electives and Subject Areas
In consultation with an academic advisor, you choose five electives from a wide range of courses offered by the Milano School on policy, management, and environment and by other graduate programs at the university. You have the option of using your electives to pursue one of several
subject areas. At least one elective must be an approved international course.
You can also use your elective courses to complete one of the university’s graduate minors, which provide a structured, accessible way to complement your primary course of study with with fresh ways of thinking. Your graduate
minor is officially recorded on your transcript.
Internships, Field Programs, Exchanges
Public and Urban Policy MS students apply their skills and gain valuable experience in a wide range of settings—local and global.
- We strongly encourage adding internship experiences to your classroom learning. Internship experience is especially important if you have limited work experience or you are making a career change.
- Students can participate in the International Field Program—a nine-week summer opportunity for emerging practitioners and researchers to gain experience in the field in an academic environment.
- Sciences Po in Paris is an exchange partner allowing students to study abroad while maintaining New School student status, paying tuition to The NewSchool, and retaining most financial aid.