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Master of Arts in Urban Studies

The Year Ahead

Fordham Forward

Fordham University has developed a comprehensive plan, Fordham Forward, for successfully restarting operations on our New York campuses and welcoming students, faculty, and staff back to campus.

Fordham Forward Bullet Lower Density and Social Distancing

Operate at a lower density and institute social distancing standards in all facilities

Fordham Forward Bullet Enhanced Cleaning Measures

Undertake enhanced cleaning measures

Fordham Forward Bullet Personal Protective Equipment

Require the use of appropriate personal protective equipment

Fordham Forward Bullet Mandatory Universal Testing and Daily Health Screening

Employ mandatory universal testing and daily health screening to monitor, trace, and isolate potential infections

Fordham Forward Bullet Education

Educate around behaviors that ensure the health and safety of students, employees, and our local community

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New York Forward

The restart of Fordham University conforms with the governor’s plan to restart New York. As outlined in New York Forward, the state will reopen on a regional basis as each region meets the criteria necessary to protect public health.

New York City is in Phase Four as of July 20.

Learn more about Fordham Forward

Fordham’s Urban Studies Program stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and all the protesters demanding racial justice and an end to police brutality towards minorities across the country. We firmly believe that in a society, in which all are not free from oppression and injustice, no one is truly free. Therefore, we must all recognize our responsibility to work towards pointing out systemic inequality and racism throughout our country, and our institutions, as a first step toward ending and overcoming it.

Until the killing of black men, black mothers’ sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother’s son, we who believe in freedom cannot rest.(Ella’s Song, Bernice Johnson Reagon)

We strongly believe in the importance of confronting the past (and the present) for building a better and more equitable future, and we are committed to confronting existing racial injustice in our teaching and research

Transform Your World

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Cities around the globe are facing complex issues in need of creative solutions. At Fordham, our solutions-oriented interdisciplinary program will prepare you to tackle the challenges confronting urban society in a range of areas:

  • Economic development
  • Inequality and social justice
  • Public health
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Urban arts and creative industries
  • Historic preservation and gentrification
  • Technology and the development of “smart” cities.

With New York City as our main laboratory, you’ll design a unique course of study tailored to your own interests. You’ll engage in fieldwork with real-world implications and emerge with a nuanced understanding of the powerful forces that are shaping our cities, as well as the problem-solving skills required to improve the quality of life for their citizens.

Program Highlights

  • Flexible, interdisciplinary program shaped by student interests and career objectives
  • Strong foundation in applied research methods and contemporary urban issues
  • Research and study abroad opportunities with our international partner universities
  • Opportunity for fieldwork with public agencies, community nonprofits, museums, architectural and engineering firms, economic development corporations, and more
  • Curricular Practical Training is available to F-1 students

Program Basics

  • Designed as a 16-month program (three to four semesters for full-time students)
  • Curriculum requirements include three core courses, seven elective courses, fieldwork, and the completion of a master’s thesis for a total of 36 units.
  • Master’s thesis topic is directly tied to research and fieldwork
  • Classes held in the evening to accommodate fieldwork


  • City and regional planning
  • Real estate
  • Historic preservation
  • Education
  • Public administration
  • Environmental regulation
  • Urban renewal and design
  • Housing development agencies
  • Business improvement districts
  • Economic development corporations
  • Museums
  • Nonprofit cultural and arts institutions

Learn more about how a master’s degree in urban studies can help you in your career.

Fordham Urban Law Journal Spring Symposium

Urban Law Journal Spring Symposium

CLE Credits

This event happened on February 14, 2020
Fordham Law School | Lincoln Center Campus

The 2020 Fordham Urban Law Journal Symposium is titled “Urban Cities and Accessibility.” The Symposium will provide a forum to discuss and address how disability and accessibility are considered in the design of cities, both through urban planning and incorporation of technology. With panels addressing the history and future of relevant law, urban planning, the role of smart cities, and the impact of inaccessible urban cities, the Symposium promises to be a diverse conversation on the challenges, possibilities, and future of accessible urban cities.

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  • 9:30 – 10 a.m. | Check-In
  • 10 – 10:05 a.m. | Welcome Remarks
  • 10:05 – 10:55 a.m. | History and Hope for the Future
  • Professor Samuel Bagenstos
    Frank G. Millard Professor of Law
    University of Michigan Law School
  • Professor Elizabeth Emens
    Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law
    Columbia Law School
  • 10:45 – 11:10 a.m. | Break
  • 11:10 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | Urban Planning and Accessibility
  • Commissioner Victor Calise
    Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office
    for People with Disabilities
  • Professor Robin Paul Malloy
    E.I. White Chair and Distinguished Professor of Law
    Kauffman Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    Syracuse University College of Law
  • Professor Michael Ashley Stein
    Executive Director of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability
    Harvard Law School
  • Professor Nicholas Dagen Bloom
    Professor of Urban Policy and Planning
    Hunter College
  • 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. | Lunch
  • 1:45 – 3:15 p.m. | Technology and Accessibility
  • John Blascovich
    Chair, Board of Directors of the Matthew Foundation
    The Matthew Foundation
  • Professor Christopher Buccafusco
    Director, Intellectual Property & Information Law Program
    Cardozo Law
  • Rebecca Rodgers, Esq.
    Staff Attorney
    Disability Rights Advocates
  • 3:15 – 3:30 p.m. | Break
  • 3:30 – 5 p.m. | The Impact of Inaccessible Urban Cities
  • Professor Mariette Bates
    Academic Director, Disability Studies Program
    CUNY School of Professional Studies
  • Ruth Lowenkron, Esq.
    Director, Disability Justice Program
    New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
  • Professor Jessica Roberts
    Director of the Health Law & Policy Institute
    Leonard Childs Professor in Law
    University of Houston Law Center
  • Selma Sulejman
    Graduate Scholar, Master of Arts and Master of Disability Studies
    The CUNY School of Professional Studies
  • 5 – 5:10 p.m. | Closing Remarks

NYCDH Week 2020

NYCDH Week 2020

February 3–7, 2020
Fordham University | Lincoln Center Campus
All Week Long, All Over NYC

NYCDH Week 2020 begins on February 3 with a kickoff gathering at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus (113 W. 60th St., 12th Floor). This year's theme is History and Representation of Communities Across New York City. The afternoon-long event features speakers, round tables, lightning talks, and networking sessions.

This keynote speaker for this year’s kickoff event will be Matt Knutzen, Linda May Uris Director, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Divisions at the New York Public Library.

The rest of the week will consist of a diverse selection of free workshops, demos, and events hosted at a wide range of institutions across the city, including:

Bard Graduate Center, Columbia University, CUNY Graduate Center, Fordham University (check out Shawn Hill's workshop!), Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), New York Public Library, NYU, Pace University, Pratt Institute, and The Frick Collection.

See the schedule at