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    Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management (MS)

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    Admission Contact
    Gabriela Garcia Juarez 
    79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
    New York, NY 10011
    Phone: 212.229.5600 x1666 
    Fax: 212.627.2695

    Program Contact
    Lauretha Slaughter
    72 Fifth Avenue, 6th floor
    New York, NY 10011
    212.229.5400 x1107

  • The New School is at the forefront of advancing climate policy and environmental justice through our master's degree in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management. Around the world, efforts are being made promote change by applying the insights of communities, societies, and grassroots organizations with close relationships to the land and its ecologies. Our graduate students draw on these grassroots perspectives, forms of Indigenous knowledge, and community engagement to critically address social and ecological challenges affecting local and global populations.

    • Degree Master of Science
    • Credits 42
    • Format Full-time or part-time, on campus
    • Duration 2 years (full-time)
    • Start Term Fall or Spring

    Program Highlights

    • Critical Perspectives

      Explore environmental challenges through an approach rooted in environmental justice, intersectional and grassroots perspectives, and Indigenous knowledge.

    • Tailored to Your Goals

      Choose a concentration in either Environmental Policy or Sustainability Management, and explore courses in a range of relevant subject areas.

    • Interdisciplinary Opportunities

      Take advantage of courses throughout the university, including at Parsons School of Design, the School of Media Studies, and The New School for Social Research.

    • Flexibility for Working Students

      Enjoy the freedom to study full-time or part-time on our campus in New York City, with many classes available in the evening.

    Environmental Justice and Innovation

    How do we achieve long-term sustainability, resiliency, and ecological and global justice while promoting environmental preservation? Emerging professionals and action-oriented leaders come together in this master's program to share knowledge, foster debate, and facilitate collaboration. We see community as central to our commitment to social justice and environmental concerns. In seeking systemic responses to the global crisis of inequality and climate change, we center on grassroots, frontline community, and Indigenous approaches.

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    Engaged Learning

    At The New School, learning happens both in and outside of the classroom. New York City is our learning laboratory and home to many established and emerging environmental organizations addressing local and global environmental challenges. The Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School is a collaborative space where bold design, policy, and social justice approaches to the environment come together. The Tishman family generously funds the John L. Tishman Scholarship for continuing students, awarded on the basis of support for sustainability in the infrastructure and ecology of the greater New York area.

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    Career Paths

    Graduates of the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management program emerge as thoughtful, innovative practitioners with the analytical skills and practical tools needed to advance environmental, climate, and social justice for a more sustainable world. Our alumni are making a difference in government, nonprofits, advocacy and social change organizations, and policy and research institutes, as well as the private sector. They hold senior roles in organizations including the United Nations Development Programme, the City of Oakland, Con Edison, and the Hunger Project.

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