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The Master's Degree in Urban Studies

What would city life be without the civic-minded? Be an agent for change with a master's degree in Urban Studies. Tackle the complex issues confronting urban policy makers:

  • Urban communities 
  • Economic growth
  • Inequality and social justice 
  • Public health
  • Environmental issues
  • Urban arts and creative industries
  • Historic preservation
  • Neighborhoods and gentrification
  • Urban sprawl
Fordham’s 16-month MA in Urban Studies prepares students for professions in the public and private sectors, including non-profit, community development, and public policy work. 
Learn more about careers in urban studies.

Transform Your World

An emphasis on the Jesuit values of “men and women for others” and social justice are at the heart of Fordham University’s mission, infusing the master’s degree curriculum with relevant and meaningful coursework taught by a distinguished and passionate faculty.

Students have the opportunity to engage in hands-on fieldwork with real-world implications. Graduates emerge with an interdisciplinary understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the urban world.

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Lightbox Collages
by Professor and Filmmaker Mark Street
Images culled from original 16mm and 35 mm film outtakes, as well as photographs snapped on the street, old film strips, and hand painted slides bought at a flea market in Montevideo, Uruguay.

New York Waterfront

New York Waterfront
Prof. Roger Panetta takes faculty from Bilbao and Barcelona on a tour as part of the New York Waterfront Graduate Seminar. The seminar initiated a new partnership between the Urban Studies Program and the Universities of Bilbao and Barcelona.
Patrick Verel Graffiti MuralUrban Studies MA student Patrick Verel has signed a contract with Schiffer Books to publish his thesis, "New York City Graffiti Murals: Signs of Hope, Marks of Distinction."

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