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Urban & Public Affairs, MA

Join the Bay Area's dynamic culture of grassroots organizing and advocacy. Develop community-driven public policy for more equitable cities and regions. In rigorous seminars and hands-on experiences, prepare for leadership roles in community organizing, public service, and political advocacy.

Apply Now for 2023

The Fall 2023 application is now open. The priority application date is February 15, 2023.

Students who apply by the priority application date are eligible for the Dean's Scholarship.

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The USF Advantage

Combine classes in urban studies, public policy, politics, and sociology with hands-on experience in community-based research, policy design, and policy analysis. You will be trained to formulate policy and initiatives for more vibrant and just communities.

  • Internships – You’ll gain hands-on experience and build a network of professional contacts.
  • Career Opportunities – Alumni working in government advocacy, nonprofit administration, policy writing, campaign strategy and management, and grassroots and community organizing can connect you with career seminars, serve on your thesis committee, and maybe even hire you after graduation.
  • Distinguished Faculty – You’ll learn from both academics and professionals in the field.

The San Francisco Advantage

Study urban and public policy in San Francisco, a dynamic center for innovative breakthroughs in housing, transportation, environmental justice, organizing and political management. Let the San Francisco Bay Area be your classroom.

JD/MA Dual Degree Option

As the world's cities continue to grow, USF's dual JD/MA in Urban and Public Affairs Program will equip you with the skills and knowledge to be an effective lawyer and leader in 21st century urban and public policy challenges.

Learn about the Dual Degree

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San Francisco, CA 94117

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