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Master of Arts in Urban Affairs – Overview

Economic, social and demographic forces are shaping and re-shaping the world’s urban spaces in this age of cities. This urban growth throughout the world presents the 21st Century world with evolving challenges and opportunities.

The MA in Urban Affairs Program trains students to be specialists in analyzing the policy challenges of 21st Century urbanism. It provides students with the skills and knowledge to be effective leaders in community-driven urban policy and projects.

The program combines graduate seminars in urban studies, politics, sociology and public policy with hands-on experience in community-based research, policy design, policy analysis and implementation. Graduates are uniquely equipped to formulate policy and initiatives for more equitable and vibrant urban areas.

The program and its students leverage the advantages of the unique location in San Francisco and Northern California — one of the most dynamic urban environments in the United States and the world. Students develop practical research and policy development skills from their extensive engagement in San Francisco and Bay Area communities.


The Speculator Loophole: Ellis Act Evictions in San Francisco
Ellis ActUrban Affairs student, Jennifer Fieber, aids Tenants Together and the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project to create this investigative report on evictions. Click here to view the map.

Best of the Bay 2013: Local Heroes
Theo EllingtonUrban Affairs student was named a "local hero" by the Bay Guardian...

Making San Francisco Accessible to More Than the Tech Elite
Golden Gate Bridge at noonRachel Brahinsky, Urban Affairs Faculty Director, comments on the rise of the tech industry and its effect on San Francisco's middle class...


Join us at our next Open House!
McLaren Center, Room 250
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:30 PM

Fall Events at McCarthy Center
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