Graduate Programs

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Urban Affairs and Public Policy: M.A., B.A./M.A., 4+1


The M.A. in urban affairs and public policy program emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding communities and the policies that affect them. The 36-credit-hour program can be pursued full or part time. Students may choose one of these initial pre-defined areas of focus:

  • urban and regional planning
  • housing and community development
  • health services policy
  • nonprofits and philanthropy
  • historic preservation,
  • media and public policy
  • Or, with the assistance of a faculty advisor, students may design a special area of focus.

The core integration of academics, public service and research makes our program a leader in the field as well as a model for the combination of theory and practice. Students take courses and simultaneously engage in service and research for public, private and nonprofit organizations.

Traditional master’s degree students can complete the program in two years of full-time study. Current UD undergraduate students can be considered for admission to the 4+1 B.A. in public policy/M.A. in urban affairs and public policy. 


Application Deadlines



January 15: Priority deadline for applications for on-campis fall semester applications

July 1: Final deadline for on-campus fall semester applications

UD Tuition

The 2023-2024 UD graduate student tuition rate per credit hour is $1028.