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.

Master of Science in Public and Urban Policy Mission 

Master of Science in Public and Urban Policy Fact Sheet

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

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 | Featured Project

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. 

Project: NYC Bail Payment Reform

This Urban Policy Lab project advised the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) on how to reduce delays in bail payment in New York City, thereby preventing unnecessary incarceration and expediting defendants’ right to a speedy trial.

In order to determine the barriers to paying bail in NYC and to find possible solutions, the student team interviewed experts involved in reforming the bail system, consulted literature on NYC’s current bail process, and reviewed bail reform case studies from other jurisdictions. The core of its research consisted of twenty-two qualitative interviews with bail payers. The team conducted them at all 4 NYC jails and several courthouses, at a variety of days and times, to learn more about bail posting experiences. The team presented its findings to MOCJ at an oral briefing at the New School, and in a subsequent report. MOCJ has implemented some of the students’ recommendation.

Project Collaborators

Student Team: Monae Evans, Miranda Nelson, Michael Shank, and Amber Thomas

Faculty Supervisor: Rachel Meltzer

Client: Molly Cohen, Associate Counsel, Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice

Urban Policy Lab Website

Urban Policy Lab Schedule 2017

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.

Professional Decision Reports Fall 2016—Spring 2017

Professional Decision Reports Fall 2015—Spring 2016

Professional Decision Reports Fall 2014—Spring 2015


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


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