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    Public and Urban Policy (MS)

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  • Admission Events

    School of Media Studies Music Industry Panel
    Monday, April 6, 4:00 p.m.

    International Affairs Webinar
    Thursday, April 9, 12:30 p.m.

    Public and Urban Policy MS Webinar
    Tuesday, April 14, 12:30 p.m.

    Public and Urban Policy MS Facebook Live
    Thursday, April 16, 2:00 p.m.

    International Affairs Facebook Live
    Friday, April 17, 2:00 p.m.

    Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management Facebook Live
    Monday, April 20, 2:00 p.m. 

    Media Management Facebook Live
    Thursday, April 23, 2:00 p.m.

    Media Studies Webinar
    Monday, April 27, 2:00 p.m.

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    Admission Contact
    Gabriela Garcia Juarez 
    79 Fifth Ave., 5th Floor
    New York, NY 10011
    Phone: 212.229.5600 x1666 
    Fax: 212.627.2695

    Program Contact
    Suzanne Bostwick
    72 Fifth Ave., 6th Floor
    New York, NY 10011
    Phone: 212.229.5400 Ext. 1601

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  • The Public and Urban Policy MS program prepares you to go out in the world-and change it. You engage with policymakers through real-world client work, applying a multidisciplinary approach and social justice lens to solve timely and complex policy problems. You develop the skills needed to evaluate critical public policy issues in real-time, design creative solutions, and collaborate with a diverse set of stakeholders.

    • Degree Master of Science
    • Credits 42
    • Format Full-time or part-time, on campus
    • Duration 2 years (full-time)
    • Start Term Fall or Spring

    Program Highlights

    • Interdisciplinary and Integrative

      Draw on multiple disciplines and methodologies and link theory to practice to gain practical skills for delivering balanced solutions to complex, messy policy challenges.

    • Commitment to Equity, Inclusion, Social Justice

      Join a scholarly community rooted in the belief that public policy should eliminate barriers and advance an equitable, just, and inclusive society.

    • Real-World, Client-Based Projects

      Engage in collaborative, solution-focused, hands-on learning  as early as your second semester in our signature Urban Policy Lab.

    • Set Your Own Pace

      Choose between three paths toward your degree: 16 months ( fast-track ), 2 years ( traditional full-time ) or up to 5 years ( part-time ).  

    Interdisciplinary Perspectives

    The master's in Public and Urban Policy explores multidimensional aspects of design and policy, quantitative methods and data visualization, and equity-focused policy. The breadth of policy-related courses and electives students can take across The New School is exceptional: the latest insights in the social sciences at The New School for Social Research, urban design at Parsons, international affairs, management, and more. Our subject areas explore emerging and interdisciplinary fields of study. Choosing an area of emphasis deepens your knowledge and develops your skills for professional success.  

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    New York City as a Learning Laboratory

    New York embodies the promise and challenges faced by global cities. It is where students get firsthand experience at policymaking in our Urban Policy Laboratory. Working under the supervision of a faculty supervisor, student teams advise clients in government and the nonprofit sector on pressing policy and management issues. Students also have the opportunity to contribute to the work of the Milano School's Center for New York City Affairs, an applied policy research organization focused on how public policy impacts low-income communities and offering analysis and solutions that make the city more just and equitable.  

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    Academic Excellence

    The U.S. News & World Report “2020 Best Graduate Schools” ranking named Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment to the Top 100 Public Affairs Schools and #11 in the Urban Policy specialty area. Small class sizes ensure that you are able to work directly with the engaged, world-class faculty who help make our program one of the best in the country.

    Career Paths

    Graduates of the Master of Science in Public and Urban Policy program are employed in all sectors. Our graduates work in government agencies, consulting firms, mission-driven businesses, and nonprofit organizations. They are ready to challenge the status quo wherever they go.

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    Accreditation and Affiliations

    The Public and Urban Policy MS program is accredited by NASPAA, the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration. NASPAA is the global standard in public service education and the recognized global accreditor of master's degree programs in public administration, public policy, public affairs, non profit and related fields. The program is also affiliated with the Association for Public Policy and Management (APPAM), the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), and the Urban Affairs Association (UAA).

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