About Hunter Urban Policy & Planning

Hunter Student in GIS labHunter Urban Policy & Planning (UPP) is a department within the School of Arts and Sciences at Hunter College. The department offers two graduate degrees, an accredited Master in Urban Planning degree, and a Master of Science in Urban Policy and Leadership degree (formerly known as Master of Science in Urban Affairs). Both programs combine theory and practice in order to provide students with an in-depth understanding and appreciation of urban planning and policy. Our department also offers an undergraduate urban studies major that prepares students for higher education and careers in public service.

Since its creation by advocacy planner Paul Davidoff, in 1965, the department has consistently upheld a vision of urban planning and policy matters as multi-disciplinary fields. In keeping with this vision, the department’s faculty members represent a wide range of disciplines including architecture, economics, political science, public policy, social work, urban planning, and public health. They collectively bring a wealth of academic and professional expertise to their teaching. The program also benefits greatly from a distinguished part-time faculty who bring practical experience and knowledge in both public and non-profit sectors into the classroom. Graduates from our programs go on to careers in the public, non-profit, and private sectors. A small number go on to doctoral programs to continue their education.

Whether you are interested in the undergraduate urban studies major, an MS degree, an MUP or one of the concurrent degrees, Hunter Urban Policy & Planning offers prospective students an unmatched combination of coursework, research, critical and analytical thinking, community engagement, and professional development opportunities.

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