Office of Admissions

The New School, founded in 1919, houses five schools and colleges, including the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment. The vision of the founders was to bring together scholars and citizens interested in questioning, debating, and discussing the most important issues of the day. This legacy coupled with Milano’s commitment to promoting social equity, civic engagement, and economic inclusion, prepares our students to become the leaders the world needs.

The Milano School offers four Master of Science degree programs in Public and Urban Policy, Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management, Nonprofit Management, and Organizational Change Management. The PhD in Public and Urban Policy program is rooted in The New School’s tradition of critical inquiry and commitment to progressive social change. Advanced certificates in Leadership and Change, Organization Development, and Sustainability Strategies are designed for students interested in growing in their current role or exploring new professional directions.

Degrees Offered

Master of Science Public and Urban Policy
Master of Science Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management
Master of Science Nonprofit Management
Master of Science Organizational Change Management

Doctor of Philosophy Public and Urban Policy

Leadership and Change (Advanced Certificate) Organization Development (Advanced Certificate) Sustainability Strategies (Advanced Certificate)

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Environmental Policy
Housing / Economic Development
Nonprofit Management
Organizational Theory / Management
Public Finance / Budgeting
Social Policy / Poverty

Graduate Program Overview

Students can earn a Master of Science or PhD in Public and Urban Policy. Milano, also, offers Master of Science degrees in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management, Nonprofit Management, and Organizational Change Management. Advanced certificates are available in Leadership and Change, Organization Development, and Sustainability Strategies.

The Master of Science in Public and Urban Policy is awarded upon completion of 42 credits. Students complete a core curriculum of 27 credits, and the remainder are electives. Core courses provide a solid foundation in theory and analytical skills combined with applied client-centered work using New York City as a learning laboratory. This program can be completed in two years, and offers a 16-month accelerated option. Part-time study is also available.

The Doctor of Philosophy is awarded after completing 60 credits, passing the qualifying examination, and writing and defending a dissertation.

Milano challenges students to connect theory to real-world practice. Students can take courses across Milano’s programs and across the university from renowned faculty at Parsons School of Design and in the social sciences at the New School for Social Research. Our courses offer a range of options including seminars and evening classes for working professionals.

Admissions Deadline

Our master's programs and advanced certificate offer admission for spring and fall. Our PhD program admits for fall only.

Fall semester (August Start)
Priority Submission Date :January 15
Second Submission Date: May 5
Then, rolling admission until August 1

Admission notification starts March 15

Spring semester (January start)
Priority Submission Date: October 15
Then, rolling admission until January 4

Admission notification starts November 8

To be considered priority for financial aid and housing opportunities, and to ensure an efficient registration process, we encourage applicants to submit completed applications by priority deadlines. Applicants planning to be considered for Milano's highly competitive merit-based awards are strongly encouraged to have their applications completed by the priority deadlines.

International students who are not transferring from another institution within the United States are strongly encouraged to apply at least six months in advance of the intended semester of entry in order to allow enough time for all enrollment and student visa processing.

Completed Fall applications received by the priority deadline are notified of admission decisions in mid-March. Spring applicants are informed in mid-November.

Admissions Overview

The admission committee takes a holistic approach to the application review process.

All applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university by the time of enrollment. Full-time and part-time students are welcome.

Standardized graduate tests such as GRE and GMAT are not required.

Applications for admission are considered complete when the Graduate Admission Office has received all of the following materials:

-- Online application
-- Statement of purpose of approximately 750-1000 words explaining how the applicant's proposed program of study at the Milano School will enhance his/her educational and/or professional development.
-- Copies of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, including evidence of undergraduate degree completion. (Official transcripts will be required if an offer of admission is made.)
-- Two recommendation letters
-- Resume or CV
-- Application fee is waived for PPIA Fellows.

After a completed application is received, an applicant may be contacted to arrange for an in-person or telephone interview with a member of the Milano faculty or staff. We encourage informational interviews with a member of the admission staff.

The New School, Welcome Center
72 Fifth Avenue, First Floor New York, NY [email protected]

Contact Information

The New School, Welcome Center 72 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY

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