Why Urban Studies?
Integrating study from numerous academic disciplines, students gain a strong understanding of the complex relationships that contribute to both the problems and opportunities of city living. With New York City as their laboratory, students experience first-hand the expanding opportunities in the urban studies field. Our students graduate with strong academic records and exemplary professional abilities. They are driven to use their skills to invigorate our cities, improve the urban condition, and transform the metropolitan experience.
Community and Non-Profit Leadership
The program prepares students for successful careers in the non-profit, youth agency and community development sector. It serves mid-career non-profit professionals seeking further understanding of the urban experience.
Government and Public Service Careers
An M.A. degree provides students seeking careers in this sector with competitive training and a firm understanding of the social issues essential to promoting public policy and serving the urban population. It also serves individuals working for Housing Development Agencies, Economic Development Corporations, and Business Improvement Districts.
Real Estate Development and Building Industry Careers
Individuals who are seeking employment in the real estate and building industries profit from an MA Degree in Urban Studies as a baseline of professional training.
Primary and Secondary Education
Students beginning their teaching careers as well as already experienced teachers profit from the breadth of knowledge and hands-on experience about urban social and economic conditions available in the MA Program.
While preparing for professional studies in fields such as Law, Journalism, Architecture and Planning, Public Policy, a Master’s Degree in Urban Studies introduces students to the breadth and diversity of concerns surrounding cities and metropolitan areas.
An MA Degree in Urban Studies is of great value to students who hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture or Planning but would like to continue their urban education outside the field of architecture and design. It also aids mid-career professionals transitioning to careers outside architecture and planning, but who would like to remain in the wider fields of building, civic institutions and industries.
Post-Professional and Career Studies
After professional school or during their traditional careers, individuals return for a Master's Degree in Urban Studies to realign their education with their core urban interests, to gather credentials for teaching, to pursue special projects in emerging areas of concern, or to seek experience in urban areas internationally. At Fordham, the graduate program in Urban Studies serves mature professionals with a ‘close-up’ humanistic view of the city.