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Why Urban Studies?

Why Urban Studies?


For his Master's Thesis on "New York City Graffiti Murals: Cultural Treasures Worth Supporting," Patrick Verel traveled across New York City to learn how graffiti murals are created. He discovered that they are signs of vitality that deserve official recognition. Patrick's thesis will be published by Schiffer Books. He was recently interviewed on WFUV's "Fordham Conversations."

Jahmila Vincent
(M.A. 2013)

Working with HELP USA, Jahmila leads teams in the delivery of on-site and community-based services to veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. She also assists veteran families to achieve housing stability.


Community and Non-Profit Leadership
The program prepares students for successful careers in the non-profit, neighborhood and community development, and housing advocacy sectors.

Government and Public Service Careers
An M.A. degree provides students with competitive training in the social issues essential to public policymaking. It serves individuals working for Housing Development Agencies, Economic Development Corporations, and Business Improvement Districts.

Real Estate Development and Building Industry Careers
Individuals who are seeking employment in the real estate and building industries profit from an MA Degree in Urban Studies as a baseline of professional training.

Urban Arts and Cultural Institutions
The M.A. degree in Urban Studies provides key training for careers in museums, non-profit organizations in the arts and arts education, and cultural institutions vital to the urban world.

Primary and Secondary Education
Students beginning their teaching careers as well as already experienced teachers profit from the breadth of knowledge and hands-on experience about urban social and economic conditions available in the MA Program.

Pre-Professional Studies
While preparing for professional studies in fields such as Law, Journalism, Architecture and Planning, and Public Policy, a Master’s Degree in Urban Studies introduces students to the breadth and diversity of concerns surrounding cities and metropolitan areas. 

Career Transitions
An MA Degree in Urban Studies is of great value to students who hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture or Planning but would like to continue their urban education outside the field of architecture and design. It aids mid-career professionals transitioning to careers outside architecture and planning, who would like to remain in the wider fields of building, civic institutions and industries.


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