Our two-year, 36-unit master’s program brings together the best of our many years of experience with urban and public affairs programming. The curriculum trains students to understand and shape policy, with a focus on the urban and metropolitan histories that impact our region.
Students receive both classroom and hands-on training in the mechanics of urban policy and advocacy. The community-based research requirement gives students experience conducting applied urban research and analyzing policy alternatives. The capstone project and full-time summer internship allow them to develop expertise in specific areas of urban, regional, or public policy while building the personal and professional networks that will help them launch their careers upon graduation.
Our program is full time with courses offered in the afternoons and evenings, plus occasional Saturday workshops. Students are welcome to explore part-time options. Many electives are offered in the evenings from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Occasionally electives are offered in the afternoon. Required courses are offered in both the afternoons and evenings. Students should be prepared to attend required classes as early as 3:30 or 4:30 p.m. a few times a week. Schedules may vary each semester.
Students are required to complete a capstone project that synthesizes their expertise on a topic related to urban and/or public affairs.
Past topics include:
- A Defense of Rent Control: The Social Contract and Government Intervention in SF's Housing Market
- Organizing Anarchy: Creating Meaningful Change From Local Places
- Food Access in the Heart of the City
- Reinventing Cities by Reviving Transportation
- Innovations in Inclusion and Cultural Competency: The Role of SF Nonprofits in Meeting the Needs of LGBTQ Homeless
- The Solidarity Economy: Transitioning to a Sustainable Path for an Uncertain Future
- Access to Access: Are Immigrants Fully Served Under the Affordable Care Act?
- Lessons from the Best Worst Job Ever