Urban Planning and Policy, MS

The Master of Science in Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP) program trains leaders interested in building just and sustainable solutions to today’s critical urban problems, including challenges of affordable housing provision, equitable and sustainable economic growth, sustainable transportation, and climate change adaptation and mitigation. This innovative program combines the expertise in urban planning and policy analysis and data analytics of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs with expertise in physical planning, design, and data visualization at the School of Architecture. The core curriculum of the program provides students with a solid foundation in essential skills and concepts, including research design and statistics, economic analysis, legal foundations of urban planning and policy, and the history of urban development and urban planning. Students also have the opportunity to develop substantial expertise in a specialization area, including urban analytics, urban sustainability and resilience, urban design and physical planning, and urban development policy and planning.

The optional cooperative education experience (co-op) is available to eligible students. Cooperative education is central to both the Northeastern experience and to the College of Social Sciences and Humanities experiential liberal arts framework. Northeastern’s signature co-op ecosystem provides qualified master's students with six-month work experiences in businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies in Boston and across the United States. Graduate students take their work from campus learning spaces, apply their knowledge outside of the classroom, and then bring knowledge and skills gained in community learning spaces back to our campus learning spaces during the cocurricular experiential integration course.

In addition to the co-op option, students in the MUPP program have opportunities to gain experience in the application of their knowledge and skills via internships, class projects, and a capstone research report. They graduate prepared for careers working for state and local government, federal agencies, community development corporations and other nonprofit organizations, research institutes, and as private-sector planning consultants.

This program is not accepting applicants until spring 2019.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Core Requirements

Planning and Policy
LPSC 52014
PPUA 6201The 21st-Century City: Urban Opportunities and Challenges in a Global Context4
PPUA 6502Economic Institutions and Analysis4
SUEN 6340Topics in Urban Environmental Design4
Research Design
PPUA 6205Research Design and Methodology in Urban and Regional Policy4
Quantitative Techniques
Students in the urban analytics focus area are encouraged to take PPUA 5301.
Choose one from the following:4
Research and Statistical Methods
Statistical Analysis
Quantitative Techniques
Introduction to Computational Statistics

Focus Areas

Complete one of the following focus areas:


Urban Design and Physical Planning

Gateway Course
ARCH 6340Graduate Topics in Architecture4
Tracks
Complete one of the following tracks:8
Urban Design and Real Estate
Design Tactics and Operations
Innovative Models in Real Estate Development and Design
Physical Planning and Design for Sustainable Urbanism
Urban Ecologies and Technologies 1
Urban Ecologies and Technologies 2
Urban Experience Track
Information Visualization Principles and Practices
ARTG
Capstone
SUEN 6120Graduate Studio 2: Sustainable Urban Systems6

Urban Analytics

Gateway Course
PPUA 5262Big Data for Cities4
Required Courses
ARTG 5150Information Visualization Principles and Practices4
PPUA 5263Geographic Information Systems for Urban and Regional Policy4
Capstone
PPUA 7673Capstone in Public Policy and Urban Affairs4

Sustainability and Resilience

Gateway Course
LPSC 7312Cities, Sustainability, and Climate Change4
or SUEN 6310 Cities, Nature, and Design in Contemporary History and Theory
Methods
Complete one of the following:4
Dynamic Modeling for Environmental Decision Making
Geographic Information Systems for Urban and Regional Policy
Urban Ecologies and Technologies 1
Capstone
PPUA 7673Capstone in Public Policy and Urban Affairs4
Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Ecological Economics
Dynamic Modeling for Environmental Decision Making
Transportation Policy
Land Use and Urban Growth Policy
Urban Coastal Sustainability
Graduate Studio 1: Sustainable Urban Sites
Graduate Studio 2: Sustainable Urban Systems
Implementation and Visualization for Urban Environments 2
Cities, Nature, and Design in Contemporary History and Theory
Topics in Urban Environmental Design
Urban Ecologies and Technologies 1
Urban Ecologies and Technologies 2
Pro-Seminar: Issues in Designed Urban Environments

Urban Development Policy and Planning

Gateway Course
Complete one of the following:4
Housing Policy
Transportation Policy
Contemporary Community Development
Methods
PPUA 5263Geographic Information Systems for Urban and Regional Policy4
or PPUA 7236 Introduction to Real Estate Development for Urban Policy Makers
Capstone
PPUA 7673Capstone in Public Policy and Urban Affairs4
Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Food Systems and Public Policy
Techniques of Policy Analysis
State and Local Public Finance
Nonprofit Organizations and Social Change
Housing Policy
Transportation Policy
Immigration and Urban America
Contemporary Community Development
Land Use and Urban Growth Policy
Introduction to Real Estate Development for Urban Policy Makers
Graduate Studio 1: Sustainable Urban Sites
Graduate Studio 2: Sustainable Urban Systems
Topics in Urban Environmental Design

Electives

Complete two of the following:8
Design Tactics and Operations
Innovative Models in Real Estate Development and Design
Graduate Skills Studio
Seminar in Modern Architecture
Graduate Topics in Architecture
Information Design Studio 1: Principles
Research Methods for Design
Visual Communication for Information Design
Visualization Technologies 1
Information Design Mapping Strategies
Collecting, Storing, and Retrieving Data
Introduction to Data Mining/Machine Learning
Ecological Economics
Dynamic Modeling for Environmental Decision Making
Geographic Information Systems for Urban and Regional Policy
Food Systems and Public Policy
Information Design and Visual Analytics
Techniques of Policy Analysis
State and Local Public Finance
Nonprofit Organizations and Social Change
Education Policy in the United States
Housing Policy
Transportation Policy
Immigration and Urban America
Contemporary Community Development
Land Use and Urban Growth Policy
Introduction to Real Estate Development for Urban Policy Makers
Advanced Spatial Analysis of Urban Systems
Urban Coastal Sustainability
Graduate Studio 1: Sustainable Urban Sites
Graduate Studio 2: Sustainable Urban Systems
Implementation and Visualization for Urban Environments 1
Implementation and Visualization for Urban Environments 2
Cities, Nature, and Design in Contemporary History and Theory
Topics in Urban Environmental Design
Urban Ecologies and Technologies 1
Urban Ecologies and Technologies 2
Pro-Seminar: Issues in Designed Urban Environments

Optional Co-op Experience

Requires two consecutive semesters of Co-op Work Experience and Experiential Integration:2
Co-op Work Experience
and Experiential Integration

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

48 total semester hours required (50 with optional co-op)
Minimum 3.000 GPA required