Master of Arts in Urban Affairs

The Master's Program in Urban Affairs can be completed in four semesters. Students completing their degrees in MAUA will be well prepared for a variety of careers in community-based non-profits; advocacy and public interest organizations; political organizations; governmental agencies; think tanks, philanthropic organizations; and private sector entities; as well as for further graduate study.

The program of study includes 36 credits and the completion of an Urban Affairs Internship:

First Year Core Classes

MAUA 601: History of Urbanism Seminar

MAUA 602: Issues in American Urban Policy 

MAUA 603: Urban Politics and Sociology Seminar

MAUA 604: Research Methods in Urban Affairs

Second Year Core Classes

MAUA 641: Community Based Research Seminar

MAUA 642: Research Prospectus

MAUA 643: Urban Affairs Internship

MAUA 644: Masters Capstone Project


MAUA 611: Public Policy Process

MAUA 611: Urban Field Study: San Francisco Bay Area

MAUA 612: Non-Profits and Public Policy (crosslisted with MOPA 612)

MAUA 613: Race, Organizing & Policy Advocacy (crosslisted with MOPA 613)

MAUA 614: Globalization, Social Justice and the City 

MAUA 615: Critical Sustainabilities

MAUA 616: Urban Political Economy

MAUA 617: Public Finance and Fiscal Management

MAUA 618: Nonprofit Administration

MAUA 621: Urban and Regional Planning

MAUA 622: Non-Profits and Philanthropy

MAUA 623: Urban Politics: San Francisco (crosslisted with MOPA 623)

MAUA 627: Policy Theme Seminar (crosslisted with MOPA 627)

Students successfully completing the Master of Arts in Urban Affairs will:

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate professional skills in writing, urban and participatory research, and policy analysis
  2. Develop mastery of seminal theories and foundational concepts of urban history, sociology, and politics, and demonstrate the capacity to apply these ideas in real-world settings
  3. Develop expertise in one or more areas of urban public policy
  4. Contemplate models of social change and social justice while developing the requisite skills and knowledge to actuate change
  5. Apply knowledge gained in the classroom in various and diverse community settings
  6. Apply knowledge gained in the community to inform classroom learning and scholarship
  7. Interact with professionals from fields including public policy, advocacy, community organizing, and public service
  8. Build networking skills and develop relationships with colleagues and professionals in the field, and engage in career planning
  9. Contribute to the public discourse around contemporary urban policy issues
  10. Propose, design, and implement a weighty research project bridging theory and praxis