This master's degree program educates professionals to serve urban communities worldwide, working in the public, nonprofit, and private business sectors.
The Master of Science program in Urban Policy Analysis and Management was one of the first programs of its kind in the world, and it continues to innovate. The heart of the program is an experiential curriculum that gives students a sound foundation in the theory and the practice of policy analysis and public administration. While there is no better learning laboratory in the world than New York City, urban challenges are increasingly global. The program is committed to a comparative learning pedagogy designed to create knowledge that fosters innovative strategies for confronting urban issues worldwide. Our graduates have skills that support many career trajectory working as managers and consultants in governments and non-government organizations.
Our flexible program of study can be tailored to the interests and needs of the individual. The core curriculum emphasizes:
Beyond the core curriculum, students can specialize in housing and community development, economic and workforce development, social policy, or finance for community and economic development. A new specialization is Global Urban Futures, which involves fieldwork not only in New York but in other American cities and in developing countries.
Students have many opportunities for academic and civic engagement outside the curriculum, especially through the public programs and projects of the Center for New York City Affairs, Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, Observatory on Latin America, India-China Institute, Center for Transformative Media, and the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center.
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"The world's thorniest challenges have never been more urban or more global. We need to prepare leaders who can work in this environment for the public good and in a wide range of settings—in government, in the private sector, in small nonprofits, and in large international agencies. Our program fulfills this mission with an unparalleled emphasis on experiential learning, in which students address policy and management issues for real clients, and with a steadfast focus on social justice."
—Alec Ian Gershberg, Chair, Urban Policy Analysis and Management Program