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Design and Urban Ecologies (MS)

The New School
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
New York City
September 2022

New York City
September 2023

New York City
September 2024

Program description

Design and Urban Ecologies (MS)

The 60-credit Master of Science in Design and Urban Ecologies program radically reframes the study of cities and urban design methodologies. By combining research, fieldwork, and participatory processes, students gain a broad understanding of the complex forces that influence urban growth, restructuring, and development. In accordance with The New School’s historic commitment to environmental and social justice and design, students co-develop and implement innovative strategic projects that bring about tangible urban change.

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" in New York City 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.

Admission requirements

For admission requirements and application guidelines please request information or visit The New School's website. 

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Scholarships & funding

Merit-based partial scholarships are available. Please visit our program webpage to learn more!

Tuition fees

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Upon completion of this program, graduates will be awarded a Master's Degree in Design and Urban Ecologies. 


About this institute

Study in one of the greatest cities in the world, NYC

Founded in 1919 and located in Greenwich Village, The New School is a comprehensive university in New York City. The university is a place for creative scholars, artists, and designers to interact with a massively diverse community, discuss ideas, and...

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The New School

66 West 12th Street
NY 10011 New York
United States of America

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