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Urban and Public Affairs

University of San Francisco

12 months
1510 USD/credit 49830 USD/year
1510 USD/credit 49830 USD/year
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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.

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The Urban and Public Affairs degree at 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 are uniquely equipped to formulate policy and initiatives for more equitable and vibrant urban areas, inspired through thoughtful engagement with the theory and practice of social justice.

Career Prospects

Students will:

  • 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

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Urban Power Seminar
  • UPA Colloquium
  • Comm-Engaged Research Methods
  • Rhetoric for the Common Good
  • The Politics of Public Policy
  • Urban & Regional Planning
  • Globaliz., Justice & The City
  • Cities, Law, Inequality

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  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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General requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree in any field is required. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended.
  • Transcript (Academic Record)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume or CV
  • Letters of Recommendation

Tuition Fee

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    49830 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 1510 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    49830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1510 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for San Francisco

2206 - 4119 USD /month
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