Urban and Regional Policy, MS

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, 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.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

General Requirements

Quantitative Techniques
LPSC 7305Research and Statistical Methods3
or POLS 7202 Quantitative Techniques
Policy
LPSC 6313Economic Analysis for Law, Policy, and Planning3
LPSC 7311Strategizing Public Policy3
PPUA 6204Urban Development and Politics3
PPUA 6201The Twenty-First Century City: Urban Opportunities and Challenges in a Global Context3
Evaluation and Research
PPUA 6509Techniques of Program Evaluation3
PPUA 6205Research Design and Methodology in Urban and Regional Policy3
Research Toolkits
Complete 3 semester hours from the following:3
Capstone
PPUA 7673Capstone in Public Policy and Urban Affairs3

Internship Requirement

An approved internship or waiver is required.

Internship Waived or Completed Not for Course Credit

Complete 15 semester hours from the Course List.15

Internship Completed for Course Credit

Internship
PPUA 6407Internship in Public Policy and Urban Affairs3
Electives
Complete 12 semester hours from the Course List.12

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

42 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required