Urban Affairs (UA)

Degree Requirements

A total of 36 credits is required for the Master of Urban Affairs (MUA) degree, earned in either one year of full-time study, or completed within a maximum of five years of part-time study. Students entering the program without prior or current professional experience in their field of study are encouraged to participate in selected fieldwork internships provided through the program.

The 36 required credits are distributed as follows:

Urban Affairs Core
24 required credits:


12 required credits:

Three elective courses are required to complete the 36 credits needed to graduate with an MUA. Please refer to Urban Affairs and City Planning Electives for a list of electives offered by the Department of Applied Social Sciences.

MUA students can take one graduate-level course outside of the Department of Applied Social Sciences to meet degree requirements. The outside graduate elective can be taken at any of the schools or colleges of Boston University with prior approval of the instructor and MUA graduate adviser. An outside elective can also be taken at one of the four participating schools of the Boston-area graduate school consortia: Tufts University, Boston College, Brandeis University, and Hebrew College. To pursue this last option, contact the graduate adviser.

Academic Standing

No grade lower than B- may be used toward degree requirements. If a student earns a grade lower than B- in a required core course, the course has to be repeated. Students must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 in order to be in good academic standing and to graduate. Students with a grade point average of less than 3.0 are on academic probation and must be in a position to achieve a 3.0 within the 36 credit hours required for graduation.