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Master of Arts in Urban Studies

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