PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

The New School

Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy


Graduate Admission Office

Milano Schoo of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy is widely recognized for its innovative approach to educating leaders who make a measurable difference. Its activities focus on addressing complex real-world problems in cities, organizations, and communities. Milano's approach is both comparative and global, with a commitment to the achievement of a just and equitable world.

Milano blends critical theory with hands-on practice, progressive thinking with social engagement, and research with reflection in action. The unparalleled faculty of scholars and practitioners engage in multidisciplinary, critical approaches that challenge prevailing wisdom. Milano graduates lead public, private, and nongovernmental institutions around the world and in New York City.

Visit our Milano student community webpage at: www.milanoschool.org


Degrees Offered

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

Master of Arts:
International Affairs

Doctoral Program:
Ph.D. in Public and Urban Policy

Advanced Certificates:
Leadership and Change
Organization Development
Sustainability Strategies

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

All Milano students cross-disciplinary study in any one of these areas as well as within design and the social sciences:

Applied Quantitative Methods and Data Visualization; Community Development; Economic Work Force Development; Finance; Food and the Environment; Global Management; Global Urban Futures; Housing and Community Development; Leadership and Change; Leading Sustainability; Politics, Media, and Advocacy; Social Entrepreneurship; and Social Policy.

Area Studies

Our International Affairs program offers concentrations in:

Development; Governance and Human Rights; Media and Culture; Cities and Social Justice; and Conflict and Security.

The Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Program offers concentrations in:

Policy or Management

Concentrations are declared before the end of the first year.

Graduate Program Overview

Balancing theory and practice with a commitment to community and organization advancement, the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy programs equips graduates with the capacity to act with professionalism and responsibility in the arenas of international affairs, policy, management, and sustainability.

Our students develop an in-depth understanding of the management and policy analysis skills needed by any effective professional. Our faculty members utilize a variety of instructional methods, including lectures, case studies, role playing, and other participatory techniques. Although a few lecture courses accommodate 25 or more students, classes are generally no larger than 15 students. Courses are structured to accommodate working professionals, offering evening, Saturday, and concentrated formats.

Each specialized program's flexible course of study allows students to enroll in courses across the Milano Graduate School as well as in other divisions of The New School. To complement their core requirements, Milano students may elect to take courses in the global finance, economics, sociology, and political science departments of The New School for Social Research.

Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy offers the Master of Science degree in four program areas: Environmental Policy and Sustainability, Public and Urban Policy, Nonprofit Management, and Organizational Change Management. We offer a PhD in Public and Urban Policy. Postmaster's certificates in organization development, leadership and change, and sustainability strategies are offered. Students may design a unique curriculum across programs with the assistance of an academic adviser.

To earn the Master of Science degree, students must complete 14 courses, each of which carries three credits: four schoolwide core courses, four to six core courses in a specific degree program, and four to six elective courses, for a total of 42 credits. The PhD Program requires each student to complete 60 credits of coursework, pass Qualifying Examinations, and complete a PhD dissertation.

Admissions Deadline

The Master of Science degree programs begin their review of applications in January for the fall term and in October for the spring term.

Our Priority deadlines are:

Fall semester (August Start):

January 15 - International Affairs and PhD in Public and Urban Policy

Admission Decisions are mailed out:

for fall - after March 15
for spring - early November

February 15 - all other masters and certificate programs

Spring semester (January start) - November 1

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.

Financial aid and housing are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications for aid and housing are processed only after acceptance to a program has been granted by Admissions.

Applications for the PhD Program are accepted only for the fall semester. The Doctoral Committee begins reviewing PhD applications in January.

Admissions Overview

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

Standardized graduate tests such as GRE and GMAT are not required. Life experience and/or extra-curricular activities as well as a well written statement of purpose often factor in the application decision-making process as highly as undergraduate academic performance.

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

-- Completed application form, including a well-written statement of purpose of approximately 1000 words explaining how the applicant\'s proposed program of study at Milano will enhance his/her educational and/or professional development.

-- transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended by the applicant, including evidence of undergraduate degree completion. (Official transcripts will be required if an offer of admission is made.)

-- Two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the Graduate School by the authors

-- Application fee is waived for PPIA Fellows.

Although not required, the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores may be submitted to support the application.

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.

Contact Information

The New School
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Welcome Center
New York, New York
admissions 212-627-2695

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