Urban and Regional Policy, MS

Gavin Shatkin, PhD
Graduate Program Director
310 Renaissance Park

Julie Switkes
Graduate Program Administrator
310 Renaissance Park

CSSH Graduate Programs General Regulations

The Master of Science in Urban and Regional Policy (MURP) seeks to equip students with the skills to solve today’s critical urban problems through the use of policy analysis, research, and strategic action. Many of the major issues that societies face today—issues of climate change and sustainability, equity and social justice, and economic growth—have their roots in urban growth and change. Solutions to these issues require a multisystem approach that coordinates interventions in economic, environmental, sociocultural, political, spatial, and infrastructural systems in order to maximize impact. For example, revitalizing a distressed community requires connecting it to economic opportunity through transportation and economic development interventions, providing good-quality affordable housing, fostering social interaction through the creation of public space, encouraging the development of strong social institutions, and dealing with environmental concerns.

The MURP degree marries training in theories and frameworks of urban development with an understanding of urban politics and the way in which different policy strategies evolve through the interplay between branches and levels of government. Students have an opportunity to learn skills of policy analysis, economic analysis, quantitative and qualitative research, and oral and written communication. Moreover, students have opportunities to gain experience in the application of their knowledge and skills through internships, co-op, class projects, and a capstone research report. Students graduate and enter the workforce with a unique set of perspectives, skills, experiences, and professional connections. Many go on to careers working for state and local government, federal agencies, community development corporations and other nonprofit organizations, research institutes, and as private-sector policy consultants.

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.

The program is not accepting applicants for Spring 2019.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Core Requirements

Quantitative Techniques
LPSC 7305Research and Statistical Methods4
or POLS 7202 Quantitative Techniques
or INSH 6500 Statistical Analysis
PPUA 6201The 21st-Century City: Urban Opportunities and Challenges in a Global Context4
PPUA 6204Urban Development and Politics4
PPUA 6502Economic Institutions and Analysis4
Evaluation and Research
PPUA 6205Research Design and Methodology in Urban and Regional Policy4
or INSH 6300 Research Methods in the Social Sciences
Research Toolkits
Complete 4 semester hours from the following. An additional elective from the Course List may be taken in lieu of Research Toolkits.4
PPUA 6206 to PPUA 6214
Research Toolkit for Urban and Regional Policy: Grant Writing
PPUA 7673Capstone in Public Policy and Urban Affairs4

Internship Requirement

An approved internship or waiver is required.

Internship Waived
Complete 20 semester hours from the Course List.20
Internship Completed for Course Credit
PPUA 6862Internship with Research4
Complete 16 semester hours from the Course List.16
Internship Completed Not for Course Credit
PPUA 6861Internship0
Complete 20 semester hours from the Course List.20

Optional Co-op Experience

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

Course List

LPSC 5000 to LPSC 7999
PPUA 5000 to PPU 7999
CRIM 5000 to CRIM 7999 (by advisement only)
ECON 5000 to ECON 7999 (by advisement only)
ENGL 5000 to ENGL 7999 (by advisement only)
HIST 5000 to HIST 7999 (by advisement only)
POLS 5000 to POLS 7999 (by advisement only)
SOCL 5000 to SOCL 7999 (by advisement only)

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

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