Master of Science in Public and Urban Policy

Welcome to the home of the Master of Science in Public and Urban Policy at The New School’s Milano School.  Our graduate program produces leaders committed to public service who are prepared to go out in the world—and change it.

Visit the Public and Urban Policy (MS) page at newschool.edu to learn about degree requirements, application information, program faculty, and the urban policy lab.

Master of Science in Public and Urban Policy Fact Sheet

Client-Based Projects

Now more than ever, there is a need for sound public and urban policy that upholds our values of equity and social justice. Cities are where inclusive and innovative policies are tested and grown and we use these settings as laboratories for informing effective public policies that give back to the community.

Urban Policy Lab Projects

The Urban Policy Lab course taken in the second semester of the first year is an applied policy-analysis experience in which students work together in small teams to resolve a policy issue for a public or nonprofit decision-maker. 

Advanced Seminar Capstone Projects | Professional Decision Reports

In their final semester of study, students work with a client to analyze and present solutions to real-world issues faced by practitioners in the field producing a professional decision report (PDR) as the final requirement to complete the MS degree.

 

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.

*The Master of Science in Public and Urban Policy is the program formerly known as Urban Policy Analysis and Management.

 

 

 

 

Carol Lamberg Book Event

On Monday, May 7th, Milano welcomed long-time leader in the affordable housing movement, Carol Lamberg, as she celebrated the launch of her first book, Neighborhood Success Stories: Creating and Sustaining Affordable Housing in New York. From 1983 to 2014, Lamberg was the Executive Director of the Settlement Housing Fund, one of the city’s largest and most innovative sponsors of affordable housing. Settlement Housing Fund has developed over 8,700 apartments across the city, including two of their most infamous projects, New Settlement in the Bronx and Two Bridges located between the Williamsburg and Manhattan bridges. In a room filled with Lamberg’s ...

In the Media | Darrick Hamilton

Darrick Hamilton, Professor of Economics and Urban Policy at Milano and NSSR and Director of Milano's Doctoral Program, is back in the news—this time in Slate, where a report by him and William Darity of Duke University was referenced by Chief Political Correspondent Jamelle Bouie. Bouie highlights Hamilton and Darity's report demonstrating that "the racial wealth gap was not produced by supposed black pathology and cannot be closed by individual effort." Rather, echoing Hamilton's work, the cause is "structural," he writes.  ...

Milano Alum NY State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli to Speak March 26th

Join us for a discussion with Thomas P. DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller since 2007, and graduate of Milano School for International Affairs, Management and Public and Urban Policy (’88) on his efforts as trustee of America’s third largest state pension fund to shape corporate policies and practices on environmental, social and governance issues and achieve strong returns for the Fund. In his tenure as State Comptroller, the New York State Pension Fund has been one of the most active in the U.S. in promoting sustainable business practices among its portfolio companies on a wide range of issues, including climate change, board ...

EPSM Chair Ana Baptista’s Environmental Justice Journey

Crossing Ironbound Borders: A Journey of Environmental Justice By Ana I. Baptista "When I was a child, the city of Newark, New Jersey was often the punchline of bad jokes about urban blight and decay. But to me it was home. And it shaped my understanding of what I would dedicate my life to pursuing: Environmental justice. Growing up in a place called “Ironbound” gives one an acute sense of boundaries. The name references the rail lines flanking an industrialized landscape that is also a vibrant community of poor and working class people of color and immigrants. The neighborhood was created out ...

The New School + #SXSW: Faculty and Alumni Share Perspectives on Technology for Social Good

"New School thought leaders on ethics and technology included Maya Wiley, Senior Vice President for Social Justice, who spoke on the need for digital sanctuary and the expansion of broadband access for low-income communities of color; New School faculty members Eiko Ikegami, Peter Asaro, and Ed Keller, who explored ways that artificial intelligence can be used for social good during a workshop with XPRIZE; Open Style Lab, a Parsons School of Design-housed organization that presented technology-based wearable solutions for people of all abilities; and a Parsons faculty-alum team that showcased a project — a portable shelter for Syrian refugees — that was named an honorary winner of ...