Urban and Public Affairs

University of San Francisco

24 months
1480 USD/credit
1480 USD/credit
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The Urban and Public Affairs degree at University of San Francisco  trains students in public policy, urban studies, and grassroots organizing, examining ways policy and community engagement can effect positive change.


The Urban and Public Affairs program offered by University of San Francisco combines graduate seminars in urban studies, politics, sociology, and public policy with hands-on experience in community-based research, policy design, policy analysis, advocacy, and implementation. 

Graduates with Urban and Public Affairs from University of San Francisco will be able to:

  • demonstrate a theoretical, practical, and ethical understanding of community change, through practices including public policy advocacy, campaigns, and/or political/community organizing
  • critically analyze problems in urban and regional policy and politics using a variety of research methods
  • demonstrate the capacity for effective oral and written communication
  • evaluate and develop urban and regional policy, while learning to situate models of social change within historical and regional contexts
  • contribute to informed public discourse around contemporary political and urban policy issues through addressing issues in public policy, advocacy, community organizing, politics, and public service


Students will be well prepared for a variety of careers in community-based non-profits; advocacy and public interest organizations; political organizations; governmental agencies; think tanks, philanthropic organizations; and private sector entities; as well as for further graduate study.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Urban Power Seminar
  • Rhetoric of Social Controversy
  • Urban Public Finance
  • Community-Engaged Public Policy Research
  • Leadership For The Common Good
  • Housing, Community and Policy
  • Urban & Regional Planning

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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33 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree in any field is required. 
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended.
  • Certification of Finances
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency
  • Transcript (Academic Record) from each university or college attended
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume or CV
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1480 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1480 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1480 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1480 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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