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The New School, Parsons School of Design
Master of Science in Design and Urban Ecologies
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Can urbanization reshape power dynamics? Can urban growth fuel social justice?  Graduate students in Parsons' Design and Urban Ecologies program ask questions that challenge conventional urban systems and structures.

At Parsons School of Design, you’ll join a dynamic, forward-thinking community that examines issues of urbanism, design, and policy in relation to social justice and inclusion. You’ll redefine cities and urbanization processes, and pioneer initiatives that bring about real, transformative change.

Study a progressive, studio-based curriculum that radically reframes the study of cities and urban design methodologies. Combine research, fieldwork, and participatory action to understand the complex forces that influence urban growth and development. Train to become an agent of change, working with the communities and institutions that shape urban ecosystems.

Work alongside internationally recognized urbanists, designers, and activists, courageously questioning the status quo to develop new methodologies and practices, using New York City as an urban laboratory.

Change begins with a question. What will you ask?

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  • Full-time 60-credit program
  • Fall start
  • Studio-based curriculum
  • First graduate program of its kind in the US
  • Part of Parsons’ School of Design Strategies


  • Use New York as a laboratory and work in transdisciplinary teams to design processes for urban transformation alongside and with – not for – the communities most affected by these processes
  • Study at the #1-rated design school in the US (2017 QS World University Rankings)
  • In accordance with The New School’s historic commitment to social justice and design, develop and implement innovative strategic projects to become a force of change
  • Prepare for a career in urban design; urban and regional planning; public and urban policy; social, cultural, and environmental enterprises; community organizing; research; nonprofit management; teaching; government administration; municipal and regional development; and consulting – or gain a foundation for doctoral studies at top universities around the world


  • Community Organizing
  • The Solidarity Economy
  • Food Systems
  • Public Space
  • Housing
  • Infrastructure
  • Public Transportation
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Cultural Development
  • Environmental Equity
  • Socially Engaged Art and Technology

Learn more about the MS in Design and Urban Ecologies

"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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