The 36-credit MS in Urban Policy and Leadership contains a flexible curriculum that launches students into the study of cities and the urban environment. The interdisciplinary nature of the program allows students to tailor their education to career aspirations and/or interests of their own choosing. The program is designed to accommodate both full and part time attendees. It can be completed in either two full semesters and a summer session or over a longer period of time. In combining both theory and practice, the program seeks to foster an understanding of urbanism while teaching practical skills to prepare students for the changing urban environment.
Our faculty specializes in a diverse range of urban disciplines with expertise and specializations that include: urban planning and history, governance, education, health, housing, immigration, comparative government, economic development, community advocacy, transportation, environment, law, and integrated technologies. The program boasts a distinguished part-time faculty, bringing years of practical experience and knowledge in both public and non-profit sectors. It is not uncommon to take courses from high level New York City professionals and practitioners.
In order to accommodate the needs and interests of an increasingly diverse student body, the faculty has recently redefined course requirements so that students have more choices in constructing their program. These changes are reflected in the distribution of the requirements listed below.
Our students are drawn from a diverse population locally, nationally and internationally. While most have been out of college for some time and many are already in the midst of their careers, an increasing number are arriving one or two years out of college. Most plan or are pursuing careers in the public and non-profit sectors. Students may substitute courses from other departments and/or CUNY schools that more appropriately address their substantive interest for the course listed in each of the Required Disciplines.