Our graduate program produces leaders committed to public service who are prepared to go out in the world—and change it. Visit the Master of Science in Public and Urban Policy 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
Master of Science Public and Urban Policy
2019 Graduate Student Award Winners
Angela Clare Butel | Jacob M. Kaplan Award
Angela Butel focused her studies in the Public and Urban Policy program around quantitative methods and design strategies; her capstone project looked at implementation of service design initiatives in city government. Outside the classroom, she worked as a research assistant at the Center for New York City Affairs, contributing to reports on child care, child welfare, and the City and State budgets. This summer, Angela is moving to Portland, OR, to begin a fellowship with the City Budget Office with the City of Portland.
Emily Jane Oppenheimer | Best Professional Decision Report: “Designing Equitable and Sustainable Models for Microgrids” for WE ACT for Environmental Justice
In May 2019, Emily Oppenheimer earned an MS in Public and Urban Policy from the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment. Her final project was a Professional Decision Report for the Harlem-based nonprofit WE ACT for Environmental Justice entitled “Designing Equitable and Sustainable Economic Models for Microgrids.” Her report focused on New York’s “Reforming the Energy Vision” strategy, which is a set of resolutions aimed to incentivize utilities to embrace new roles in the energy market that enable them to better and more fairly incorporate distributed renewables like rooftop solar and wind. It includes a full analysis of the implications of this strategy for microgrid development, increased incorporation of distributed renewables into the central grid system, and the potential for low-income communities and communities of color to leverage new technologies and policy tools to increase their own capacity for local, democratic planning around energy use and resiliency. She plans to pursue work in the fields of environmental, climate, and energy policy.
Nicholas Bohan Martin | Best Professional Decision Report: “Vacant Property Speculation and Vacant Property Registration in New York City” for Picture the Homeless
Applied Hands-on Learning. Collaborative. Solution Focused.
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 | Featured 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.
Workforce Development in the Food Sector
Urban Policy Lab Student Team: Keri Springett, Angela Butel, Eben Fenton, Hugo Fausto Torres-Fetsco, Alix Scherer
Client: Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (Restoration)
Central Policy Issue: How can Restoration offer opportunities for career advancement in the food sector?
Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, the nation’s first Community Development organization, asked the student team to enhance their workforce development program and increase retention. The team focused on the food industry, concentrating their research on institutional dining, catering, inventory management, and grocery. In their analysis of these areas of the food sector, the team considered such criteria as the number of job openings, opportunities for career advancement, and training costs, and recommended that Restoration concentrate their efforts on the grocery industry. The team presented their recommendations in an oral briefing and subsequent report. They recommended that Restoration build targeted partnerships within the grocery industry, close the skills gap with training, and add programs to assist with employment retention.
Improving Lease-Up Rates for Housing Choice Voucher Holders
Urban Policy Lab Student Team: Heather Beck, St. Clair Logan, Antonio Parisi, Alix Scherer
Client: NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)
Central Policy Issue: How can HPD improve lease-up rates for Housing Choice Voucher holders?
Housing Choice Vouchers help low-income households pay for housing in the private market. “Leasing-up” refers to the ability of voucher recipients to find an apartment and sign a lease. Lease-up rates have decreased in recent years and HPD asked the students for ideas on how to reverse this trend. The team explored what cities around the country are doing to address the issue in order to determine how New York City can improve lease-up rates. Drawing on academic literature, interviews with housing expects and program administrators, the team identified several barriers to leasing up, and compared several ways of addressing these barriers. Their analysis led to the following recommendations: modify the process for inspecting apartments prior to lease up; enhance tenant supports; and build landlord outreach.
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.
U.S. News & World Report “2020 Best Graduate School” named the Milano School to the Top 100 Public Affairs Schools and #11 in the Urban Policy specialty area.
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.
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