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Major in Urban Affairs and Planning

Urban Affairs and Planning takes a city-focused perspective on international development. More than half of the world’s people now live in urban areas, raising important questions about how governments should meet the public’s needs for transportation, health and sanitation, education, and other essential services.

As the developing world urbanizes, booming cities like Shanghai, Mumbai, Buenos Aires, and Johannesburg face critical challenges, including poverty, homelessness, and pollution. The major prepares students to confront those problems on an international scale, while developing valuable skills in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), regional economic planning, and sustainable development management. Students take advantage of GSPIA’s highly regarded Center for Metropolitan Studies, participating in cutting-edge research alongside faculty experts.

Plan of Study

Students who enroll at GSPIA in fall 2018 or later will follow this plan of study. 

Download the Plan of Study (PDF document) for the Major in Urban Affairs and Planning 

Students who first enrolled at GSPIA prior to fall 2018 will follow this plan of study.

Download the Plan of Study (PDF document) for the Major in Urban Affairs and Planning

Major Courses

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
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