Face the critical challenges to city life, like transportation, infrastructure, education, sanitation, and public health, in developed and developing countries around the world.
Take the tools you’ve learned and apply them to real-world administration and development issues. Prior to graduation, you’ll also complete a 300-hour internship at an approved site.
Use your budgeting, planning, and sustainable development skills to make a life-changing impact in local, regional, and international communities.
As an urban affairs and planning major, you’ll gain the technical and problem-solving skills to face the challenges of urban development. To understand the different requirements for the MPA and MID degrees with this major, compare their plans of study.View MPA plan of study View MID plan of study
Become familiar with a powerful tool for the public sector that’s used in a variety of disciplines. This course gives you a solid foundation of the principles and applications of GIS, offers an introduction to the desktop software ArcGIS, and demonstrates its uses in the public sectors.
Gain insight into the foundations and perspectives of sustainable development, including human relationships with the environment, economic models of sustainability, and equity and participation in sustainability issues. You’ll understand planning and analysis for sustainability within a regional context, to include governance, planning, and assessment frameworks. Finally, you’ll put sustainability into practice, considering regional approaches to sustainable energy and transportation, food and water systems, green infrastructure, and innovation.
The majority of the world's citizens live in cities, and therefore one cannot talk about human progress without thinking about progress in cities. In this course, you’ll learn about the current challenges facing cities and regions—nearby and around the world—and how those challenges might be met.
GSPIA is an institutional member of the Urban Affairs Association and an affiliate member school of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.
Participate in leading research on urban populations and government resources alongside our experienced faculty.View All Faculty
From outreach to economic planning, Deitrick has a breadth of experience in issues of community development.Learn More
Rivas’ research focuses on how social equity, community development, and regional economic planning can overcome issues of marginalization.Learn More
Miller’s research and teachings focus on topics like theories of public management, administration, and local government.Learn More
Gain experience in research, teaching, and public service in urban affairs and planning.View all