Master of Urban Affairs (MUA)

The Master of Urban Affairs (MUA) is designed for students seeking to develop a broad understanding of urban public policy, community development and service delivery, and the administration of public and private agencies in urban settings. The MUA provides the theoretical, analytical, and practical foundations for understanding the complexities of the urban environment.

Graduates of the program are prepared for careers in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors in which they will assemble and analyze information for policymaking, identify community needs and resources, and administer effective service-delivery programs. MUA graduates work in the fields of housing, health and social services, economic development, transportation management, and environmental protection, among many others. Many students obtain the MUA degree in preparation for further study, or to seek advancement in their current job or field.

The Master of Urban Affairs (MUA), requires the completion of 32 credits (eight courses) of study. The MUA degree may be earned within one year of full-time study or year and a half of part-time study and must be earned within a maximum of five years. Students are encouraged to participate in the Directed Internship Program for course credit through MET UA 804 Supervised Fieldwork.

For more information about the City Planning and Urban Affairs programs at Boston University, including admissions information, faculty bios, student resources, events, and more, please visit the program website.

Degree Requirements

A total of 8 courses (32 credits) are required, distributed as follows:

Theoretical and Methodological Required Courses (5 courses/20 credits)

  • MET UA 515 History, Theory, and Planning Practice
  • MET UA 664 Planning and the Development Process OR MET UA 715 Planning and Land Use Law
  • MET UA 703 Urban Research Methods
  • MET UA 704 Urban Economics
  • MET UA 805 Urban Studies Capstone

Elective Courses (3 courses/12 credits)

Elective courses are selected with the advice of the faculty advisor. To find courses currently being offered, please visit the website. Up to one elective course maybe taken outside the program’s offerings.

Combined Certificate Options

With prior departmental approval, UA students may receive an additional graduate certificate, upon successful completion of one additional approved elective. The City Planning and Urban Affairs program offers the Graduate Certificate in Applied Sustainability. Please contact to inquire about additional Graduate Certificate options associated with this degree.

Graduate certificates consist of four courses, two of which are required and specific to the area of study. The other two courses can be selected from a pre-approved list of a wide range of multidisciplinary electives offered across the University. The courses from the graduate certificate can be credited to the master’s degree program.