Master's Degree in Urban Studies (M.A.)


Program Description

The 30-credit Master's Degree in Urban Studies (M.A.) is designed for students pursuing both scholarly and professional interests in the political, economic, and social dynamics of modern urban life. It offers a particular emphasis on urban problems, public policy, community organization, the urban workforce, the administration of public agencies, and the delivery of public services.

Urban Studies draws on the perspectives and methods of social science disciplines such as sociology, economics, political science and anthropology to analyze the modern city. Urban Studies students explore how cities grow and evolve, govern themselves, distribute goods and services, serve the public, and employ their residents. In addition, by selecting one of three Urban Studies tracks (Public Policy and Administration, Health Care Policy and Administration or the Urban Workforce) students will gain advanced knowledge and skills in their particular area of interest.

Students in the Master's Degree in Urban Studies have the opportunity to learn from and work with nationally known faculty from The City University of New York, as well as with expert practitioners in the fields of public and health care administration, municipal politics, workforce development, labor and community organizing.

Career Prospects

Graduates of the Master's Degree in Urban Studies are prepared for a range of careers in city agencies and government offices as well as non-profit institutions serving urban populations.

The program is offered through CUNY SPS’s Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies.

Admission Criteria

All applicants must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. A background in labor, related fields, and/or social science is an advantage but is not essential. Applicants are also required to write a personal statement, upload a resume, upload a writing sample, and provide two letters of recommendation.

Application Deadlines


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