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Public and Urban Policy, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #561 (QS) New York City, NY, United States
The PhD in Public and Urban Policy is committed to The New School tradition of critical inquiry, creative scholarship, and social justice to confront 21st century global policy, design, and development challenges.
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The Public and Urban Policy program at The New School is interdisciplinary, and students have considerable freedom to design a course of study that fits their research and professional interests. We encourage the exploration of alternative theoretical perspectives and the use of a wide range of research methodologies in the search for solutions to tough policy problems. Our program is allied with the social science doctoral programs of The New School for Social Research, and the Milano School participates in the New York Inter-University Doctoral Consortium.

The Public and Urban Policy PhD program graduated its first class in 2004. Our graduates are working as tenure-track faculty members, researchers in leading consulting firms and international organizations, and policy analysts in local and national government agencies. While our current students have diverse backgrounds and research interests, they share a commitment to social change and to critical interdisciplinary approaches that enable the development and implementation of public policies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Public and Urban Policy CurriculumThree Required Core Courses

  • Political Economy and Public Policy Analysis I
  • Political Economy and Public Policy Analysis II
  • Doctoral Research Seminar
One Required Social Science Foundation Course
  • A course in one of the social science disciplines: anthropology, economics, politics, or sociology. This is usually an upper-level course offered by the equivalent department of The New School for Social Research, but students can review other options with their faculty advisors.
Two Required Research Methods Courses
  • One course in quantitative methods and the other in qualitative methods, chosen in consultation with the student's advisor.
Four Electives
  • Any four doctoral-level courses approved by the student's advisor. Electives can include courses offered by other divisions of the university.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    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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General Requirements

Required application materials
  • Application
Complete the online application.
  • Application Fee
A nonrefundable $50 application fee paid as part of the online application.
  • Transcripts
  • Recommendation Letters
Two letters of recommendation are required for all programs, except for the Gender and Sexuality Certificate, which requires one from a faculty member. 
  • Personal Essays
Degree Applicants: Please describe the academic and intellectual interests, progress, and achievements that have contributed to your decision to apply for postgraduate study. 
  • Writing Sample
  • Résumé

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2180 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2180 USD per credit and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    2180 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2180 USD per credit and a duration of 60 months.
  • In-State

    2180 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2180 USD per credit and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


An admitted student can apply for a two-year scholarship that includes a partial tuition remission and/or a modest living stipend as long the student remains in good academic standing. Awards are based on the applicant's financial need and academic merit and the Milano School's budget. Financial aid decisions are made by the director of the PhD program in consultation with each new student after admission. We strongly recommend that all students applying to a doctoral program seek outside funding.

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