Course Offerings

Courses offered in the current academic year listed by time, date, and faculty can be found on the Metropolitan College website.
Comprehensive List of Courses

The course offerings in the master’s programs in City Planning and Urban Affairs, consist of required core courses and a wide range of electives that help students gain valuable insight into a wide variety of issues and concerns related to planning for urban and regional development. By engaging in real-world case studies and integrated analyses of present-day and historical urban issues and data, students develop the skills and knowledge to confront the social, economic, and geographic challenges facing urban policymakers and planners today. 

In addition to the graduate degrees in City Planning (MCP) and Urban Affairs (MUA), incoming degree and non-degree seeking students have the option of completing graduate certificates in the areas of Applied Sustainability and Urban Policy and Planning, by completing four courses in the focus area. Courses cover a wide range of topics, including environmental sustainability, urban development, transportation, climate change, architectural history, policy, law analytics, urban design, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). 

Key:
Core Requirement for MCP/MUA Degrees
Graduate Certificate in Urban Policy and Planning
Graduate Certificate in Applied Sustainability

MET UA 503 Housing and Community Development Fall
UPP Elective

MET UA 508 Real Estate Development Spring
UPP Elective 

MET UA 509 Public Finance and Urban Infrastructure Spring
UPP Elective

MET UA 510 Special Topics: Globalization: Pandemics and Planning Fall
UPP Elective/
AS Elective

MET UA 510 Special Topics: New Trends in Transportation Spring
UPP Elective/AS Elective

MET UA 510 Special Topics: The Planning and Development of Metropolitan Boston Summer
UPP Elective/AS Elective

MET UA 510 Special Topics: Cities & Analytics: Making Sense of Data Fall
UPP Elective/AS Elective


MET UA 510 Special Topics: Public Health and the Built Environment Summer
UPP Elective/AS Elective


MET UA 510 Special Topics: Global Cities Spring
UPP Elective

MET UA 510 Special Topics: Developing Sustainable Communities Spring
UPP Elective/AS Elective

MET UA 510 Special Topics: Urban Social Entrepreneurship Summer
UPP Elective 

MET UA 510 Special Topics: Transit Oriented Development in the 21st Century Summer
UPP Elective/AS Elective

 

MET UA 510 Special Topics: MetroBridge Planning Studio Fall
UPP Elective/AS Elective

MET UA 510 Special Topics: Climate Change Policy and Water Conflict Management Spring
UPP Elective/AS Elective

MET UA 515 History, Theory and Planning Practice Fall
Core Requirement

MET UA 521 Environmental Law, Policy and Justice Fall
AS Elective

MET UA 527 Feeding the City: Urban Food Summer
UPP Elective/AS Elective

MET UA 580 Boston Experience: The Role of Architecture in Creating a Sense of Place Fall
UPP Elective

MET UA 590 International Comparative Development and Urbanization Summer
UPP Elective

MET UA 610 Environmental Urban Issues Summer
AS Elective

MET UA 613 Urban Design and DevelopmenSummer
UPP Elective/AS Elective

MET UA 617 Actionable Sustainability Fall
AS Required

MET UA 619 Urban Transportation, Policy and Planning Fall
UPP Elective/AS Elective

MET UA 627 Sustainable Cities Spring
AS Required 
 

MET UA 629 Urbanization and Environment Summer
AS Elective

MET UA 654 Geographic Information Systems for Planners Spring
UPP Elective/AS Elective

MET UA 664 Planning and the Development Process Fall
Core Requirement/UPP Required

MET UA 701 Urban Problems and Policy Responses Spring
UPP Required

MET UA 703 Urban Research Methods Fall
Core Requirement

MET UA 704 Urban Economics Spring
Core Requirement

MET UA 715 Planning and Land Use Law Spring
Core Requirement or UA 664


MET UA 805 Urban Studies Capstone Spring
Core Requirement

MET UA 801 Graduate Directed Study Fall/Spring/Summer
Elective


MET UA 804 Supervised Fieldwork Fall/Spring/Summer
Elective

Students may take elective courses offered in other programs across Boston University, or through the BU consortium, upon consultation with their academic advisor. Additional courses may also be offered through the City Planning and Urban Affairs programs from time to time. For courses from past semesters, please check the archives

For questions, please contact Program Manager Andrea Ciminelli at amcim@bu.edu.