MA in Urban Affairs

Economic, social, and demographic forces are shaping and reshaping cities around the world in the age of urban expansion. This growth presents the 21st century world with evolving challenges and opportunities.

USF’s MA in Urban Affairs program trains its 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.

Our Students

Our students arrive on campus from around the country, representing a diversity of experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds. Though their specific interests vary, they share a common passion for the history of the city and creating positive change in urban environments around the world.

San Francisco Advantage

Our program is uniquely situated at the center of San Francisco Bay Area politics. Students develop practical research and policy development skills from their extensive engagement in one of the most dynamic urban environments in the United States and the world. The Bay Area provides an opportunity to learn and grow in a variety of sectors, from sustainability to housing policy, public transportation to neighborhood planning.