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The core course requirements include an overview of the field, research skills, and theory.
Contemporary Issues in a Global Society (3)
Urban Society & Public Policy (3)
Research Methods in Urban & Public Policy (3)
Quantitative Analysis in Public & Nonprofit Sectors (3)
Planning Theory & Urban Policy (3)
Economics in Public & Nonprofit Sectors (3)
Public Policy (3)
Policy Analysis (3)
Depending on whether you choose the policy studio paper or thesis option (see below), students take between 6 and 9 credits of coursework that collectively define an area of research. The program's faculty pre-defines several areas of strength for Biden School, but students are also free to develop their own area of research with the advice and consent of their academic advisor. The pre-defined areas of research include:
As a capstone learning experience, students will write a thesis (6 credits).
View/download the typical course sequence for the M.A. in Urban Affairs & Public Policy Program here.