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Design and Urban Ecologies, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
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Overview

The Design and Urban Ecologies program of The New School combines urban planning, policy, urban design, activism, and community practice, which allows students to gain the skills and expertise needed to address contemporary urban challenges. In line with The New School’s historic commitment to environmental and social justice, students design and implement strategic projects to bring about transformative change in urban environments on a global scale.

Making Change in Urban Communities

The first graduate program of its kind in the United States, the MS in Design and Urban Ecologies applies design as a methodology to explore and counteract social, economic, political, and environmental injustices within urban ecosystems. Using New York and other world cities as living laboratories, students develop a deep understanding of the forces that influence urban decline, restructuring, and development processes. They work in teams — collaborating alongside and within the communities directly affected — to devise design strategies, spatial configurations, and infrastructures that lead to social and spatial transformation.

Future Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for careers in urbanism; urban and regional planning; housing policy, development, and management; community organizing and development; public and urban policy; strategic design; development of social, cultural, and environmental enterprises; urban research and analysis; nonprofit management; neighborhood restructuring and planning; and government administration. The program also provides a research foundation that enables students to pursue advanced study at the doctoral level.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Urban History Lab
  • Urban Colloquium
  • Design & Urban Ecologies Methods
  • Design & Urban Ecologies Studio
  • Urban Theory Lab

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

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General Requirements

  • Complete the online application
  • The application fee is $50. The fee is paid through the online application and is non-refundable. There is also a $10 SlideRoom fee
  • Transcripts
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Portfolio
  • All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo scores
  • Interview

Tuition Fee

  • International

    51750 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25875 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    51750 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25875 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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  • Per credit: 1,810 USD

Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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