MA Program

The Urban Studies Department at Queens College Offers a Master of Arts degree in Urban Affairs, which provides an interdisciplinary 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.

Applying to our MA Program

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:

  • Administration
  • Community Organizing
  • Advocacy
  • Policy Analysis
  • Agency Operations
  • Research
  • Service Delivery

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

30 credits are required for the MA degree, including three required courses (9 credits).  Students must also complete a writing requirement and a final project based on original research.

Required:

  • URBST 705.            The Just City in Theory and Practice

plus two of three governance/policy classes:

  • URBST 718.            Governing the City
  • URBST 724.            Public Policy in Practice
  • URBST 706.           Non-Profits in the 21st Century Metropolis

plus one of three methods classes:

  • URBST 725.            Urban Research Methods
  • URBST 732.            Researching New York City
  • URBST 751.            Critical Perspectives on Urban Research

Electives (18 credits):

Students are free to choose from among any of the department’s MA-level non-required courses.  See our  MA courses page for a full listing.

Writing Requirement: Students must demonstrate competence in urban research writing by passing an evaluation or by taking URBST 620. Urban Research Writing.

Final Project: Students must complete a final project based on original, community or studio research and presented in the form of a report or paper, or as a video, art, or web exhibition.


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.

 


CONTACT

Prof. Dana-Ain Davis
Associate Chair for Graduate Studies
Urban Studies Department
Powdermaker Hall, Room 250
Telephone: 718-997-5136
Email: dana.davis@qc.cuny.edu

Prof. William Muraskin
Graduate Advisor
Urban Studies Department
Powdermaker Hall, Room 250
Telephone:  718-997-5149
Email: muraskin@yahoo.com

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WHO ARE OUR STUDENTS?

  • AGATHE DOREL
  • MICHAEL HARMON
  • CHARRISE ANDREWS
  • MARC TONEATTO
  • VICTOR CALISE

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.

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URBAN STUDIES DEPARTMENT AT QUEENS COLLEGE

65-30 Kissena Blvd. Flushing, NY 11367
Powdermaker Hall, Room 250
Telephone: 718-997-5130
Email: jeanne.chan@qc.cuny.edu

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