The Urban Studies Department at Queens College Offers a Master of Arts degree in Urban Affairs, which provides an interdiscipinlary approach to the study of cities, especially New York City. We prepare students for professional work in urban administration, organization and policy in the public and nonprofit sectors.
- The master’s program provides opportunities for students to learn about current issues in urban affairs.
- Courses are taught by practitioners, including government officials and directors of community-based organizations.
- We offer some online courses which allow students to learn in a flexible environment
- Students have internship opportunities which enable them to gain practical knowledge of policy, organizing, advocacy, and management.
- The Urban Studies Lecture Series gives students the opportunity to meet scholars and professionals doing urban research, community organizing, and policy work.
We invite applications from students with undergraduate or M.A. degrees who are interested in preparing for professional work in urban administration, organization, and policy in the public and nonprofit sectors. We do not require GRE Scores, but we want students who seek to become leaders in urban affairs.
If your undergraduate GPA is 3.0 or greater, you can apply to matriculate. If not, you can apply for non-matriculated status. To apply for matriculation you should apply through the online process.
For more detailed information regarding the admissions process, please visit the MA APPLICATION CENTER to apply.
WHAT CAN I DO WITH A MASTER DEGREE IN URBAN AFFAIRS?
Our students are well prepared for advancement in government agencies or non profit and
community organizations. Career options include:
- Community Organizing
- Policy Analysis
- Agency Operations
- Service Delivery
WHO ARE OUR STUDENTS?
The students in our MA program come from a range of occupations. Some are government employees looking to advance their careers, others are returning to school after many years, and still others want to embark on a new career path. But they all recognize the importance of earning a master’s degree.
VICTOR CALISE earned his M.A. in Urban Affairs from Queens College. On May 29, 2012 he was appointed Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities by Mayor Bloomberg. Prior to joining the Parks Department, Commissioner Calise held several positions at the United Spinal Association, a non-profit organization focused on disability rights that aims to improve the quality of life for Americans living with spinal cord injuries. As the Director of Sports Marketing, Commissioner Calise coordinated nationwide adaptive sports programs for United Spinal members and organizations such as the Multiple Sclerosis Society. An avid athlete, Commissioner Calise was a member of the USA Paralympic Sled Hockey team and represented the USA in the 1998 Winter Paralympic Games in Nagano, Japan. He volunteers for the Wheelchair Sports Federation and is frequently a guest speaker on the topics of spinal cord injuries, physical therapy and adaptive sports. Photo Credit: Spencer T. Tucker
CHARRISE ANDREWS graduated with a BA in Urban Studies and is now an MA student. Of her MA experience, she says, “In my experience of working over 20 years as a Civil Service employee in New York City government, I realized that when social and economic changes are initiated in urban communities, new challenges arise. The Urban Affairs Master’s Program is designed to equip me with knowledge of these social and economic policies that are essential for me to become an effective and efficient public advocate for New York City’s vulnerable urban populations. I look forward to this empowering journey!”
MICHAEL HARMON is an MA student. ”After receiving my bachelor’s degree, I wanted to continue my education as a graduate student. After diligent research, Queens College had the best Urban Affairs M.A. program by far. Comparing it with other schools, Queens College has the most comprehensive class selection,” he explains. ”The professors here are very helpful and knowledgeable. Some work in the field and are experts on particular subjects. During my time in this program I have learned a lot about many different urban issues and how to be part of the solution.”
About his future plans, he says, “After graduating from the program I hope to work in a not-for-profit organization that lobbies politicians for the many voiceless persons in the city.”
I began the MA program in Urban Affairs at Queens College in the Fall of 2012, energized and motivated to begin a new course of study. Two years prior, I completed a BA in Journalism at Baruch College with a minor in Law and Policy. As a part of my undergraduate requirements, I often interviewed politicians and community activists regarding new policies, land use projects and other issues that were points of interest in their communities. Reporting on such issues attracted me to becoming part of the story, rather than simply reporting it. Although Journalism provided me with interesting and challenging work, I wanted to continue my education in a course of study that was germane to public administration and policy in New York City. The MA program in Urban Affairs at Queens College provided me with an opportunity to explore my interests in public affairs on a graduate level.
My experience in the program has been, in a word, rewarding. Each class I’ve taken has broadened and sharpened my knowledge on various subjects pertaining to public affairs, with an urban emphasis. The plethora of classes offered in the program and its flexible design have allowed me to expand my course of study without the burden of rigid requirements. The four required courses, although challenging, provide a valuable foundation of knowledge and skills applicable to the other courses offered in the program. The professors have been very knowledgeable and helpful; their expertise on subjects have contributed to a rewarding academic experience. On any given day, whether a result of a lecture, class discussion or reading assignment, I gain a piece of valuable knowledge about issues affecting urban communities.
While enrolled in the program I was given the opportunity to work with several colleagues and a professor to produce a data analysis report which focused on numerous communities that would be potentially affected by proposed land use projects in the City. The experience I gained from this project, in addition to the skills and knowledge gained from the coursework, will prove useful as I pursue a career in the public sector. I intend to complete the program and graduate in the Fall of 2013. After graduation, I will pursue a career in policy and planning in the public sector, I am also considering continuing my academic career and pursuing a Ph.D.
This 30-credit Master’s Degree includes a 12-credit core sequence:
- URBST 620. Urban Research Writing
- URBST 724. Introduction to Public Policy
- URBST 725. Urban Research Methods
- URBST 727. Public Management or
- URBST 745. Community Organization
Plus 18 credits in other Urban Studies or related courses to round out the degree. Students not employed in an urban-related field are encouraged to take 3-6 credits of fieldwork. Where appropriate and with the approval of the graduate advisor, up to 12 credits may be taken in other departments.
Electives: For your electives, you are free to choose from among any of the department’s courses. See our MA courses page for a full listing.
SUBMITTING RESEARCH PAPERS FOR COURSES
Many courses in the Urban Affairs program will require you to write research papers. No matter what the length of the paper, it should be documented with full and proper citation for all sources that you use, including scholarly articles, web sources, interviews, and newspaper articles. See the QC Library website which provides guidance to manuals on citation styles.
Contact the Writing Center if you need help in writing proper research papers. The Writing Center is located in Kiely 229 and can be reached at 718-997-5676.
Prof. Dana-Ain Davis
Associate Chair for Graduate Studies
Urban Studies Department
Powdermaker Hall, Room 250
Prof. William Muraskin
Urban Studies Department
Powdermaker Hall, Room 250