Master of Science in Public and Urban Policy

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 to learn about degree requirements, application information, program faculty, and the urban policy lab.

Master of Science in Public and Urban Policy Fact Sheet

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.

Recent Urban Policy Lab Projects

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.


Flávia Leite ’17 Bridging Two Continents

Alumna Flávia Leite is back in Brazil working as an advisor for São Paulo Parcerias, a mixed capital company linked to the municipality of São Paulo. But she hasn’t left New York and The New School behind. The path Flávia took that allows her to work in Brazil, yet keep a connection to New York City and The New School, is an interesting one. While studying for her Master’s degree in Public and Urban Policy at the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment, Flávia participated in the Citizens Budget Commission (CBC) Public Policy Fellow Program. The work she developed there ...

Milano Students Co-author New Report Released by the Center for New York City Affairs

In 2016, New York City rolled out a small pilot project intended to address a problem that many in the city had long ignored or taken for granted: While New York’s public school population is one of the most diverse in the country, it is also one of the most starkly segregated by race and class. The pilot—called the Diversity in Admissions initiative—grew quickly. A new report, released by the Center for New York City Affairs (CNYCA), assesses the promises and limitations of the Diversity in Admissions initiative, as well as its outcomes so far. The report, “Promising Outcomes, Limited ...

Study by Alum Flávia Leite ’17 and SCEPA’s Bridget Fisher Draws Press Attention

A case study of the Hudson Yards redevelopment project by Public and Urban Policy MS alumna Flávia Leite and Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis Associate Director Bridget Fisher is in the news this week. Their research is prominently featured in a recent article in the Gothamist, “New School Study Uncovers Another $1 Billion In Hudson Yards Subsidies.”  An editorial on Amazon’s “second headquarters” appearing in the New York Post also references their study. Their report, The Cost of NYC's Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project, which they are currently submitting to academic journals for future publication, reveals the staggering public price ...

Citizens Budget Commission Announces Selection of Andrew Rein ’93 as Next President

The Citizens Budget Commission (CBC), a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to keeping its eyes on the finances and services of New York City and State, announced that Public and Urban Policy alumnus Andrew Rein will become its next president in January. Andrew has held numerous positions inside and outside government including Senior Vice President at EmblemHealth and NYU Lutheran, Associate Director for Policy at the Centers for Disease Control, and Chief Operating Officer/Executive Deputy Commissioner at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He also served as Senior Policy Advisor to the NYC Schools Chancellor and Associate Director ...

Ben Kleinbaum ’12 Named to New York City 40 Under 40 List

Each year, City & State identifies 40 members of the next generation – all under the age of 40 – who are rising stars. This year, City & State named Milano alumnus Ben Kleinbaum to The New York City 40 Under 40 list. Ben worked on political campaigns after college, but an interest in policy matters brought him to Milano’s Public and Urban Policy program, where he earned a master’s degree. A part-time job under the tutelage of James Capalino led to his current position of Senior Vice President and co-lead of the legislative and political affairs practice group at ...

Maya Wiley Discusses Broadband Access with FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel

Milano Professor of Urban Policy and Management Maya Wiley joins FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to discuss the importance of broadband access in both rural and urban areas, digital equity and why connectivity is now critical for individual and community success.  ROSENWORCEL: Hello. Welcome to another episode of Broadband Conversation. I'm Jessica Rosenworcel, a Commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission. And this is a Podcast where we get to talk to some amazing women from across the technology, innovation and media industries. You'll hear about what they're working on, what's on their minds and what they think is next for the ...

Book Launch: Homeboy Came to Orange

Homeboy Came to Orange: A Story of People's Power by Ernest Thompson and Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Professor of Urban Policy and Health at Milano, tells the story of Ernie "Home" Thompson, who dedicated his life to organizing the powerless. We talked to Mindy about the book launch on October 17 and the weeklong 400 Years of Inequality 2018 Curriculum Disruption. What was the experience of writing this book like for you and your father Ernest (Home, Homeboy, Big Train) Thompson?  My dad was very ill while we were working on the book, and a couple of times was at death's door.  ...

Queens Trip to Mini-Metropolis

The Panorama of the City of New York is at the heart of the collection of the Queens Museum. Originally built for the 1964 World's Fair, the Panorama took more than 100 architectural model builders from Raymond Lester & Associates and three years to build. The entire exhibit is 9,335 square feet and holds every street corner, every park, and every building that sustains the lives of New York City's 8.5 million residents. Professor Rachel Meltzer, Chair of the Public and Urban Policy MS program, led a field trip to Queens to learn more about the Panorama and the important ...

A New Name for Milano, and an Administrative Transition

As of July 1, Milano's name is the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment. The updated name reflects the programs that we teach, the research that we undertake, and the concerns of the communities that we serve. It also signals Milano's distinctive interdisciplinarity. This July also marks a homecoming of sorts for a longtime member of the Milano community. Mary Watson, Executive Dean, of the Schools of Public Engagement announced John Clinton’s appointment as Interim Dean of Milano, following Dean Michelle DePass assuming the role of President and CEO of the Meyer Memorial Trust in Portland, Oregon this past ...

Congratulations to Our Spring 2018 Graduates!

Please enjoy these highlights from Milano's Master's, PhD, and Certificate Candidates Recognition Ceremony held on May 17, 2018.  Student speaker Monae Sheron Evans praised the graduating class saying, "You all are truly inspirational, not only for the innovative work you will go on to do, but for the work many of us here tonight have already been doing." You can read Monae's full address here.  Enjoy a slideshow of the evening's celebration.  2018 Student Awards Recipients of the Distinguished Student Award Anastasiya Filippova Brianda Jeanett Quinones Salgado Amber Nicole Thomas  Recipient of the John Clinton Outstanding Environmental Policy and Sustainability ...