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M.A. in Urban Studies

Urban StudiesThe M.A. in Urban Studies provides a general and technical understanding of the metropolis, surrounding regions and world urbanization for persons interested in such areas as administration, economics, government, history, housing, management, planning, geographic information systems and sociology.

The program’s faculty members are drawn from the fields of urban studies, economics, history, political science and sociology. They include adjunct faculty selected for their knowledge and experience in professional practice in such matters as administration, management, geographic information systems (GIS) and planning. Guest lecturers from public and private agencies also contribute to courses that deal with specialized subjects.

The program will interest persons who have varied interests and experiences: those seeking new career paths in such fields as administration, management, planning and public history; those working in a city or suburban agency but without previous concentrated academic education in the field; those seeking an intermediate degree as a stepping-stone to further academic or professional goals; and those interested in a graduate degree in urban studies with elective courses exploring various aspects of the metropolis including Brooklyn studies, city planning, community planning and New York City history.

The master’s program in urban studies is mostly an evening program and is designed for working professionals as well as part-time and full-time students. It offers a multidisciplinary graduate course of study leading to a Master of Arts in Urban Studies. Courses at the 500-level are available to qualified undergraduates in their junior and senior years.

What You Can Do With an M.A. in Urban Studies

The M.A. in Urban Studies is more than a narrow professional degree. It provides a broad exposure to the essential elements of urban studies while developing skills in writing, research and critical analytical thinking that prove necessary and valuable in a wide range of professional fields. Graduates can look forward to a wide range of career opportunities. Planning and GIS skills are always in demand by government and non-profit organizations as well as and private companies. There are also many opportunities in real estate, education, non-profit management, economic development, international development, neighborhood/community development, health care, social services and public administration.

Program Requirements

Continued enrollment in the program is contingent upon maintaining a grade point average of 2.0.