UC Berkeley – BFA in Environmental Design
Affordable Housing, Data Analysis and Visualization, Local Policy Debates
"The Master's Program at USF is intimate and personalized. I appreciate the university's overall commitment to public service. The program's focus on urban issues fosters community and citizen engagement, and is providing me the practical analytic and professional skills that makes me feel I can make a difference. The professors are accessible and have deep knowledge of regional and local issues, but also put them in a larger world-wide and historical context."
University of San Francisco – International Studies
Military Veteran Reintegration in Urban Areas, Adaptive Urban Design, Vertical Gardening, Ecotourism
"I selected the USF program in Urban Affairs because of my interest in bridging communities with policy, and citizens with politicians. I am intrigued with urban liaisons and hybrid developments happening in the Bay Area. Observing urban collectivism in an imaginative city open to innovation and ingenuity is stimulating. As I maneuver through the Urban Affairs program, I seek intellectual validity as an urbanite and I am in a constant search of atypical visions of San Francisco, which often times become the subjects of my films."
University of Central Missouri – Anthropology and Sociology
" I have spent the last three years working in the corporate sector and seeing first-hand what some of the problems with public policy and the inter-workings of America are so I decided to go back to graduate school so I can follow a new career path. Currently my interest are sustainable development and social justice. The Urban Affairs Program allows for my interdisciplinary focus and provides the foundation for policy and history that will allow me to build a future in sustainable development in urban centers."
University of Pennsylvania - Political Science and Classical Studies
LGBT History and Gender Relations in Communities
"The Urban Affairs Program at USF encourages students to interact with San Francisco and its unique and dynamic communities, guiding us in merging our academic interests with the urban environment in which we are living. This connection between the academic and the practical, as well as the incredible and highly knowledgeable professors and faculty, is what attracted me to the Urban Affairs program at USF."
Rania R. Ahmed
Cairo University, Faculty of Urban and Regional Planning – Urban Planning.
Urban Redevelopment Policy
"Urban Affairs at USF is combines many skills in one program: I’m getting hands-on training in urban practice and policy on many levels."
New Mexico State University – Criminal Justice
Urban Geography, Crime Issues and Urban Growth
"I chose the Urban Affairs program at USF because I felt it would give me the most interesting look at how cities function. The University of San Francisco has great academic reputation that I wanted to be a part of. I believe the Urban Affairs program will prepare me for a career in a variety of fields and provide me access to many networking possibilities upon graduation."
Notre Dame de Namur University – Political Science
Community Development, Housing, Neighborhood Planning
"The program is providing me the tools and knowledge necessary to understand and analyze the issues and dynamics that cities and neighborhoods are confronting throughout the world. I feel more equipped to influence the process in which these entities operate."