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Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy

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Academics

The Milano Graduate School offers the Master of Science (MS) in urban policy analysis and management, nonprofit management, health services management and policy, human resources management (MS) as well as a doctoral program in public and urban policy, and a joint degree in law (JD/MS) with Cardozo Law School. Other programs include dual BA/MS degrees with Lang College, internship programs, which are required for full-time students enrolled in the urban policy program and are encouraged for others, and a cooperative program with Regents College.

Forty-two total credits are required to complete the MS in urban policy and analysis, including 15 elective credits. Required courses for the MS in urban policy and analysis include:

  • Economic Analysis
  • Policy Analysis
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Management and Organizational Behavior
  • Political Economy of the City
  • Public Finance and Fiscal Management
  • Laboratory in Issue Analysis
  • Managerial Decision Making
  • Advanced Seminar in Urban Analysis and Management

Required courses for the MS in human resources management include:

  • Economic Analysis
  • Policy Analysis
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Management and Organizational Behavior
  • The Functions of Human Resources Management
  • Financial Impact of Human Resources Management Strategies
  • Human Resources Strategic Planning
  • Organization Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Advanced Seminar in Human Resources Management

Required courses for the MS in nonprofit management include:

  • Economic Analysis
  • Policy Analysis
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Management and Organizational Behavior
  • Fund-raising and Development
  • Theory and Practice of Nonprofit Management
  • Financial Management in Nonprofit Organizations
  • Laboratory in Issue Analysis or Managerial Decision Making
  • Advanced Seminar in Nonprofit Management

Required courses for the MS in health services management and policy include:

  • Economic Analysis
  • Policy Analysis
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Management and Organizational Behavior
  • Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System
  • Health Care in the Community
  • The Economics of Health Care
  • Health Care Financial Management
  • Advanced Seminar in Health Services Management

Required courses for the MS in organizational change management include:

  • Economic Analysis
  • Management and Organizational Behavior
  • Policy Analysis
  • Models for Organizational Change and Development
  • Organizational Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Group Processes, Facilitation, and Intervention
  • Organizational Change Interventions: Theory, Design, and Implementation
  • Managing the Consultant/Client Relationship
  • Advanced Seminar in Organizational Change Management

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements.

Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The maximum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 3 years; part time, 5 years.

There are 24 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 96% hold a doctorate; there are 75 part-time faculty, of whom 70% hold a doctorate. Average number of courses faculty teach is 5; average business class size is 20.

Admissions

A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 3.0. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, motivation, and management potential. A strong mathematics background is not required.

Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by the school’s participation in the Woodrow National Fellowship Program and the Sloan Nonprofit Program, as well as by recruitment at historically black colleges and universities.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, a nonrefundable application fee of $30, 2 letters of recommendation, and a 300-word essay. An interview is also required. Students are notified of the admissions decision approximately 3 weeks after receipt of the application. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 2 years. Check with the school for current application deadlines and fees.

Financial Aid

In a recent year, about 75% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $9800 annually; maximum $18,300. Stipends and programs available for minority students include Woodrow Wilson Fellowships and HUD Community Development. The FFS or FAFSA, the school’s own financial statement, the previous year’s tax return, and financial aid transcipts from previous postsecondary schools are required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.

Tuition for all students is approximately $17,000 per year. Books and supplies cost approximately $400; and other fees, $300, for an estimated annual total of $17,700. Graduate student housing is available. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.

Students

Twenty percent of a recent graduate business school class were enrolled full time; 90% had an average of 7 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from the Northeast (90%). Seventy percent are women, 45% are minorities, and 10% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 27; ages range from 21 to 45. Ten percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 20% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 40%, liberal arts; 40%, social sciences; 10%, economics; and 5%, business. About 10% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 80% remain to receive their degree.

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