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The urban affairs and public policy program prepares students to address many of the critical challenges facing communities at all levels, from neighborhoods to the nation: health, education, housing, civil rights, poverty, economic growth, and environmental quality. Because these challenges are not neatly bundled in disciplinary packages as political, economic, or sociological, the M.A. program is distinctively interdisciplinary. We equip our students with the diverse knowledge and experience needed to address policy challenges from creative vantage points, and we encourage them to adopt a truly global outlook on policy solutions.
Our educational model supports active, experiential learning at all stages. Students work side-by-side with faculty on urban and policy research and analysis designed to create and utilize knowledge that informs decisions and policies. Our faculty and students are focused on making a positive impact on the quality of life in the communities they serve, forming a bridge between the communities of ideas and the community of action. M.A. students are invited to participate in real world projects, enriching and applying what they learn in the classroom while
they gain valuable practical experience that will help them launch
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Graduates of the M.A. program work in every sector,
holding positions in local, national, and global institutions related to
policy analysis, planning, advocacy, and organizational leadership. The
program also is an ideal choice for students anticipating doctoral
study, and students who excel in the M.A. program have an opportunity
for continuation in the Biden School doctoral program in urban affairs and public policy.