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The Master's Degree in Urban Studies

Be an agent for change with a master's degree in Urban Studies. Find new solutions to the challenges of the future. The Urban Studies Program offers a humanistic, interdisciplinary study of the city and urban society. Tackle the complex issues confronting urban policy makers:

  • Urban communities
  • Economic development
  • Inequality and social justice 
  • Public health
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Urban arts and creative industries
  • Historic preservation
  • Neighborhoods and gentrification
  • Smart cities
Fordham’s 16-month MA in Urban Studies prepares students for professions in the public and private sectors, including non-profit, community development, economic development, housing and public policy work. 
Learn more about careers in urban studies.

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Transform Your World

An emphasis on the Jesuit values of “men and women for others” and social justice are at the heart of Fordham University’s mission, infusing the master’s degree curriculum with relevant and meaningful coursework taught by a distinguished and passionate faculty.

Students engage in hands-on fieldwork with real-world implications. Graduates emerge with an interdisciplinary understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the urban world.

Urban Studies News  


Caitlin Waickman's (2013) insights into the dynamics of the city informed her research on housing and tenant's rights, the subjects of her MA Thesis. Caitlin now works for the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development as a Research Assistant for Housing Policy.

New York Waterfront

New York Waterfront
Prof. Roger Panetta takes faculty from Bilbao and Barcelona on a tour as part of the New York Waterfront Graduate Seminar. The seminar initiated a new partnership between the Urban Studies Program and the Universities of Bilbao and Barcelona.


For Alumni Jamie Feigenbaum (2013), the Urban Studies Program "...taught me where urban issues are, how to spot them, how to question them, how other professions are attempting to handle them.." Jaime works as Marketing Coordinator for the Nature Publishing Group. Marketing and promotional campaigns are essential to urban development projects. "The creation and success of the High Line could not have happened without promotional initiatives."

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