Urban and Public Affairs MA

Apply Now for Fall 2022

Applications are currently welcome and reviewed for fall 2022 admission, and considered for scholarship.

How to Apply

The Master of Arts in Urban and Public Affairs trains students in public policy, urban studies, and grassroots organizing, examining ways policy and community engagement can effect positive change.

Our program combines graduate seminars in urban studies, politics, sociology, and public policy with hands-on experience in community-based research, policy design, policy analysis, advocacy, and implementation. Graduates are uniquely equipped to formulate policy and initiatives for more equitable and vibrant urban areas, inspired through thoughtful engagement with the theory and practice of social justice.

  • Internship – Gain hands-on experience in the field and build a network of professional contacts
  • Career Opportunities – Supported by academic and field mentorship, and leadership development
  • Distinguished Faculty – Comprised of both leading academics and accomplished professionals and practitioners in the field
  • Flexible Schedule – Our full-time program offers courses in the afternoons and evenings. Students can also explore part-time options.

San Francisco Advantage

Our program is uniquely situated at the center of San Francisco Bay Area politics. The Bay Area is well known nationally for pioneering policy measures on environmental issues, gay rights, housing policy, and many other urgent social justice concerns. Students engage in the vibrant living classroom of the region, developing practical research and policy development skills.