Master of Arts in Urban Affairs

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. 

Applications are currently being considered for admission and available scholarships after March 1 on a space-available basis.

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 Master's in Urban Affairs in the News

Urban Affairs student Gerard Donnel is featured by his internship host "Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth". Read More »


Vice Provost and Human Rights ‘Hero’ Joins San Francisco Library Commission

Vice Provost and Human Rights ‘Hero’ Joins San Francisco Library Commission

USF’s Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi has been named a San Francisco Human Rights Commission Hero Award winner. The award comes on the heels of a separate honor: Mayor Ed Lee recently appointed Wardell-Ghirarduzzi to the San Francisco Library Commission.

A Conversation With San Francisco’s Top Cop

A Conversation With San Francisco’s Top Cop

“I tell my cops on the very first day that if they think it’s all about this uniform or gun, they joined the wrong police department,” says Police Chief Greg Suhr ’88.

USF Selected as ‘College of Distinction’ 

USF Selected as ‘College of Distinction’ 

USF has earned a place on the Colleges of Distinction list of top universities for the third consecutive year, thanks to the university’s exceptional faculty, engaged teaching, successful graduates, and vibrant campus life.


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