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The New School — The New School for Public Engagement

Program Type:
Coverdell Fellows
The New School for Public Engagement
Degrees Awarded:
Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS), Philosophy Doctorate (PhD)
Admissions Deadlines:

Fall Priority for International Affairs PhD in Public and Urban Policy – January 15

Fall Priority for  EPSM, NPM, OCM, URB – February 15

Fall Final deadline – all IA, EPSM, NPM, OCM and URB programs – May 5

Spring Priority Deadline – all MS/MA programs – November 1

Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis after deadlines.

Admissions Cycle:

Fall and Spring; Summer (TESOL program only)

Program Start:
late August and January
Program Founded:
September, 1998


International Affairs, EPSM, NPM, OCM, URB: Application fee waiver; competitive merit scholarships that cover 20% to 80% tuition; graduate assistantships are available after enrollment.

PhD applicants: application fee waiver; competitive scholarships that may cover from 25% to 100% of tuition; stipends may also be available.

*MATESOL applicants are considered for scholarships that may cover up to 40% of tuition.


Interdisciplinary MS in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management educates professionals for 21st-century careers as planners, managers, policy analysts, and consultants who will design environmental policies and work in institutions to develop and improve sustainability practices.  Current urban environmental issues in New York City and the region provide an exceptional laboratory for experiential learning. Milano students have access to many practice-based experiences such as the Tishman Environment and Design Center, Community Development Finance Lab, the Chase Competition, an International Field Program, government and corporate internships, and inter-divisional projects at The New School. 

The Graduate Program in International Affairs blends theory, practice, and a commitment to social responsibility. Coursework is supplemented by internships, fieldwork, weekly seminars, conferences, and other special workshops and talks. Though a foreign language is not required for admission to the program, graduate students are encouraged to take advantage of the university's highly regarded foreign language offerings, available to Milano students at no charge on a non-credit basis.  Each summer, Milano's International Field Program offers graduate students opportunities around the globe ranging from rural community development fieldwork to internships with international organizations. Participants receive training in research, data collection, report and grant writing, and monitoring and evaluation, and learn from hands-on experience that can only be gained by living and working in communities.

MS in Nonprofit Management offers valuable real-world engagement for innovators leading organizations with purpose. Our students are managing to change the world. Building essential knowledge and skills is accelerated through assignments addressing real-world organizational challenges, going beyond hypothetical cases to learning  through action. A specialization in social entrepreneurship, for example, is unmatched in the live-client engagements and multidisciplinary approaches students will experience.   Students engage in applied assignments with external organizations as interns and as volunteers.  Those interested in working with international NGOs usually enroll in the summer International Field Program.

The MS in Organizational Change Management emphasizes critical assessment of organizational cultures, structures, talent, and leadership. Among the questions we are constantly asking – and finding answers to: How do we align the key elements of an organization to move closer to its vision? How can we motivate and develop people to create high-performing organizations? How do we enable start-up organizations to sustain their growth and innovation?  With the program’s unique laboratory-type pedagogy, The Portfolio, students will engage in a sequence of increasingly complex projects conducted for real-world clients. Upon completion, you will have a portfolio that showcases your capacity to lead organizational change.


The Master of Science program in Urban Policy Analysis and Management was one of the first programs of its kind in the world, and it continues to innovate. The heart of the program is an experiential curriculum that gives students a sound foundation in the theory and the practice of policy analysis and public administration. While there is no better learning laboratory in the world than New York City, urban challenges are increasingly global. The program is committed to a comparative learning pedagogy designed to create knowledge that fosters innovative strategies for confronting urban issues worldwide. Our graduates have skills that support many career trajectories working as managers and consultants in governments and non-government organizations.  The program fulfills its mission with an unparalleled emphasis on experiential learning, in which students address policy and management issues for real clients, with a steadfast focus on social justice. 

The New School's innovative MA TESOL (Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) program, developed by a team of experts, prepares educators for global careers as ESL teachers and course developers.  English is the language of global communications, and demand for TESOL professionals is greater than ever before. Our graduates are working for universities and other public and private schools,* international corporations, governments, and NGOs, and in private practice in the U.S. and abroad. They are teaching English to people of all ages and conditions of life, administering ESOL program, creating new programs, and developing new teaching methods.  Our MA TESOL program is training tomorrow's leaders in this growing and evolving field. Theoretical study is always connected to practical applications in the student’s area of specialization.   Students are placed in a variety of venues to teach ESOL students for 15 weeks; minimum 3 hours/week.  Participants also are encouraged to volunteer in the school’s Outreach Program which currently involves teaching English to low-skilled and low-paid restaurant workers.



Applicants must have a bachelor degrees (Or a US equivalent) from an accredited institution. Applications are evaluated based on stated career goals, moral commitment community involvement, and academic achievement. A decision to admit is based on the committee's belief in your potential to successfully complete an advanced degree. As part of the admission process, your statement of purpose and letters of recommendation are carefully reviewed for evidence of interpersonal skills, maturity, and leadership potential, among other qualities. 

For inquiries about Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, call 855.855.1961 x1440.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Merida Escandon Gasbarro
Director of Admission

New School for Public Engagement
66 West 12 Street
New York, New York 10011
212-229-5600 ext. 1108

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