Graduation Requirements

30 credits are required for the MA degree, including three required courses (9 credits).  Students must also complete a writing requirement and a final project based on original research.


  • URBST 705.            The Just City in Theory and Practice

plus two of three governance/policy classes:

  • URBST 718.            Governing the City
  • URBST 724.            Public Policy in Practice
  • URBST 706.           Non-Profits in the 21st Century Metropolis

plus one of three methods classes:

  • URBST 725.            Urban Research Methods
  • URBST 732.            Researching New York City
  • URBST 751.            Critical Perspectives on Urban Research

Electives (18 credits):

Students are free to choose from among any of the department’s MA-level non-required courses.  See our  MA courses page for a full listing.

Writing Requirement: Students must demonstrate competence in urban research writing by passing an evaluation or by taking URBST 620. Urban Research Writing.

Final Project: Students must complete a final project based on original, community or studio research and presented in the form of a report or paper, or as a video, art, or web exhibition.


  • Students must have a 3.0 GPA
  • Students must complete a final project.




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