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

Requirements

33 units and an internship

Core

  • 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

Electives

  • 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