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  • The master’s in Design and Urban Ecologies radically reframes the study of urbanization and cities through design-led, justice-centered approaches to urban transformation. By combining urbanism with ecology, design, policy, activism, and community participation, students gain the expertise needed to address global urban challenges and opportunities. In line with The New School’s commitment to environmental and social justice, students from diverse backgrounds work closely with external partners to design and implement proposals for critical urban change.

    Program Highlights

    • New Approaches to Urban Practice

      Integrate aspects of architecture, urban design, urban planning, and landscape architecture in new ways by forefronting issues of sociospatial and environmental justice.

    • Change for Urban Communities

      Apply designing as a methodology through which to explore and combat social, economic, political, and environmental injustices in urban ecosystems.

    • NYC Immersion

      Use New York and other world cities as living laboratories to gain an understanding of the forces that influence the processes of urban decline, restructuring, and development.

    • Community Collaboration

      Devise design strategies and infrastructures that lead to social and spatial transformation, working alongside and within the communities directly affected.

    • Critical Engagement

      Use innovative methodologies to confront and engage with globalization, deindustrialization, migration, climate change, and shifts in urban policy and governance.

    • Applicant Profile

      This interdisciplinary program attracts students from diverse backgrounds, including the humanities and social sciences, law, architecture, communication design, and environmental studies.

    • Degree Master of Science (MS)
    • Format Full-time, on campus
    • Credits 60
    • Duration 2 years
  • Curriculum

    The curriculum involves a sequence of design studios connected with other core courses in which students combine research, policy, planning, design, and activism working in partnership with civic, nonprofit, and public organizations.

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  • Career Paths

    Graduates are advanced urban design practitioners prepared for careers in a variety of professional settings. Alumni of the program have gone on to work in urbanism; urban and regional planning; community development; public and urban policy; strategic design; development of social, cultural, and environmental enterprises; and urban research and analysis. The program also provides a research foundation that enables students to pursue advanced study at the doctoral level.

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      Research is integral to the Parsons learning experience, and students and faculty work together to challenge existing paradigms and advance emerging scholarship and practice. Explore the thematic research laboratories housed at Parsons and throughout The New School.

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      Industry Engagement

      Connect to the organizations, businesses, and entrepreneurs driving global creativity and commerce. In classes, internships, and extracurricular projects, you gain marketable problem-solving skills in sectors ranging from government and nonprofits to tech and creative industries.

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      New York City’s thriving creative industry and cultural institutions are part of your Parsons education. Our Career Services Office is enmeshed in the art and design industries and can help you advance your career with industry-oriented internships. 

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      Funded Opportunities

      Funds are earmarked for graduate travel, research, and work to support your study. Opportunities include paid teaching assistantships, research fellowships and assistantships (including ones offered throughout The New School), ample student employment, and other grants available to U.S. domestic and international students alike.

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      Enjoy access to extensive resources including New School libraries, computer labs, archives, and studios, along with Parsons’ state-of-the-art Making Center, facilities offering a broad array of tools to support your creative and academic growth.

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