Master of Arts in Urban and Public Affairs

Students 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.

Learning Outcomes

Student will:

  • demonstrate a theoretical, practical, and ethical understanding of community change, through practices including public policy advocacy, campaigns, and/or political/community organizing
  • critically analyze problems in urban and regional policy and politics using a variety of research methods
  • demonstrate the capacity for effective oral and written communication
  • evaluate and develop urban and regional policy, while learning to situate models of social change within historical and regional contexts
  • contribute to informed public discourse around contemporary political and urban policy issues through addressing issues in public policy, advocacy, community organizing, politics, and public service


33 units and an internship


  • UPA 630 Urban Power Seminar
  • UPA 631 Rhetoric and Social Controversy
  • UPA 632 Urban Public Finance
  • UPA 633 UPA Colloquium
  • UPA 634 Practical Politics Workshops
  • UPA 650 Community-Engaged Public Policy Research
  • UPA 651 Leadership for the Common Good
  • UPA 652 Masters Capstone Project
  • UPA Internship


  • UPA 660 Issues in Public Policy
  • UPA 661 Urban & Regional Planning
  • UPA 662 Non-Profits and Public Policy
  • UPA 663 Globalization, Social Justice and the City
  • UPA 664 Cities, Law, and Inequality
  • UPA 665 Urban Racial Politics
  • UPA 666 Applied Democratic Theory
  • UPA 667 Housing, Community, and Public Policy
  • UPA 668 Campaigns and Political Mobilization
  • UPA 669 Urban Field Class: San Francisco Bay Area
  • UPA 670 Policy Theme Seminars (rotating themes: education, food policy, immigration, economic development, etc.)
  • UPA 680 Practical Politics Theme Seminars (rotating themes: political communications, labor and community organizing, etc.)
  • UPA 690 Special Topics
  • UPA 698 Directed Study

Contact Info

Office of Urban and Public Affairs

Kresten Froistad-Martin, Program Manager

Masonic, Room 106
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-5060