Advisement Center

As you probably know, the Urban Affairs Master of Arts degree requires that you complete 30 credits or 10 three-credit courses. These include four required courses that you should take as early in your studies as possible. The required courses are:

  • URBST 705 – Social Justice in Theory and Practice
  • Two of the three of: URBST 718 – Governing the City, URBST 724 – Public Policy in Practice, and URBST 706 –  Non-Profits in the 21st Century Metropolis
  • One of the three of: URBST 725 – Urban Research Methods, URBST 732 – Researching New York City, or URBST 751 – Critical Perspectives in Urban Research
Suggested sequence for students starting in the Fall:
Year 1: 
Fall – 705, 706 or718, Elective
Spring – 732, 724
Summer – Elective
Year 2:
Fall – 751, Elective
Spring – 791, Elective
Suggested sequence for students starting in the Spring:
Year 1:
Spring – 724, Elective
Fall – 705, 725, Elective
Year 2:
Spring – 706 or 718, Elective
Fall – 751, Elective
Year 3:
Spring – 791


NOTE: this is a suggested sequence for students who are able to enroll in 6-9 credits/semester.

Final Project: all students are required to do a Final Project and click here for more information.

For a full list of the requirements to complete the MA in Urban Affairs, look at the graduation checklists for those who began their graduate studies before Fall 2016 or those who began their graduate studies at the Fall 2016 semester or afterwards.

Each term you should check in with the MA Advisor about courses, opportunities and general information. 

Remember: In order to graduate, you must have an overall “B” or 3.00 average or better and you must submit a final project. During the semester before you plan to graduate, you must submit for review a final project.