Academic Programs in Urban Planning and Related Fields
The New School, Parsons School of Design
Master of Arts in Theories of Urban Practice
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Can urban growth fuel social justice?  Can urbanization reshape power dynamics? Graduate students in the Parsons Theories of Urban Practice program ask questions that challenge conventional urban design practices.

At Parsons School of Design, you’ll join a dynamic, forward-thinking community that critically examines design practices in the context of cities, urban space, and urban ecosystems. You’ll research and refine challenges and solutions related to the design of cities, services, and urban ecosystems, and pioneer initiatives that bring about real, transformative change.

Study an innovative, research-driven curriculum that focuses on design-driven spatial and ecological innovation in relation to social justice, inclusion, and co-production of urban space.

Work alongside internationally recognized urbanists, designers, and activists, courageously questioning the status quo to devise progressive collaboration techniques that will empower communities to transform their own neighborhoods.

Change begins with a question. What will you ask?

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  • Full-time, 36-credit program
  • Fall start
  • Research-driven curriculum
  • Part of Parsons’ School of Design Strategies


  • Explore design as a vehicle and catalyst for bringing together government and community stakeholders, and public and private sectors to co-create and transform urban and ecological networks
  • Devise techniques to empower communities developing socially and ecologically sustainable urban systems, including food production and distribution, housing, green spaces, and educational infrastructure
  • Study at the #1-rated design school in the US (2017 QS World University Rankings) and participate in interdisciplinary projects offered throughout The New School
  • Pursue a career in urban design, city planning, government administration, nonprofit management, collaborative urbanism, teaching, research, and social enterprise – or gain a foundation to pursue doctoral studies at top universities around the world

Learn more about the MA in Theories of Urban Practice

"We're challenging students to look at the city from multiple perspectives and preparing them to lead transdisciplinary teams for urban transformation."

Miguel Robles-Durán, Faculty, Urban Ecologies and Urban Practice


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