Economic, social and demographic forces are shaping and re-shaping the world’s urban spaces in this age of cities. The urban growth of the world’s physical and social environments present the 21st Century world with evolving patterns, problems and opportunities.
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The MA in Urban Affairs Program is ideal for students who seek to be specialists in analyzing the policy challenges of 21st Century urbanism. It provides students with the skills and knowledge to be effective and ethical leaders in urban policy and community organizing.
The Master’s Program in Urban Affairs combines rigorous graduate seminars in urban studies and public policy with the hands-on experience of applied urban research and community engagement and organizing. A comprehensive background in urban history, political dynamics and sociology is combined with tools for community-based research, policy design, policy analysis and implementation. Graduates are uniquely equipped to formulate policy for more equitable, livable and vibrant urban areas.
The program leverages the advantages of its unique location in San Francisco and Northern California — one of the most dynamic urban environments in the United States. It provides students with the opportunity to develop practical research skills from extensive engagement in San Francisco and Bay Area cities.