Parsons School of Design - The New School

Design And Urban Ecologies, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language

About

The Design And Urban Ecologies program is offered by The New School.

Making change in New York

The first graduate program of its kind in the United States, the two-year Master of Science in Design and Urban Ecologies explores the urban complex and its interconnections with political, social, economic, and environmental systems. Using world cities like New York as a laboratory and working in transdisciplinary teams, students design processes for urban transformation alongside and with — not for — the communities most affected by these processes.

Studio in the city

Bringing together the academic strengths of Parsons and other schools and colleges of The New School, this studio-based program trains graduates to become agents of change, working with the communities and institutions that shape urban ecosystems. Guided by internationally recognized urbanists, designers, and activists, students confront urgent problems facing cities and develop new research methodologies, design frameworks, and critical practices, using the city as an urban laboratory.

Engaging urbanism from all angles

Focus areas include community organizing, the solidarity economy, food systems, public space, housing, infrastructure, public transportation, nonprofit management, cultural development, environmental equity, and socially engaged art and technology. Graduates are prepared for careers 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. The program also provides a foundation for those who wish to pursue doctoral studies at top universities around the world.

Future opportunities

Graduates are prepared for careers 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. The program also provides a foundation for those who wish to pursue doctoral studies at top universities around the world.

Programme Structure

  • Urban History Lab
  • Urban Colloquium 1
  • Design & Urban Ecologies Methods 1
  • Design & Urban Ecologies Studio 1
  • Urban Theory Lab
  • Urban Colloquium 2
  • Design & Urban Ecologies Methods 2
  • Design & Urban Ecologies Studio 2
  • Design & Urban Ecologies Methods 3
  • Design & Urban Ecologies Studio 3
  • Electives
  • Design & Urban Ecologies Methods 4
  • Design & Urban Ecologies Thesis
  • Electives
For more information please visit the program website.

Detailed Programme Facts

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Required application materials
  • Application Form: Complete the online application. All applicants are required to apply online.
  • Application Fee: A nonrefundable $50 application fee paid as part of the online application. A $10 SlideRoom fee is also required.
  • Transcripts
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Portfolio
  • Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      1680 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 1680 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
    • National Applies to you

      1680 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 1680 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
    We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

    Living costs for New York City

    1800 - 3600 USD/month
    Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

    Funding

    Check the programme website for information about funding options.

    StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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    Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.