Create global sustainable communities

Urban Affairs and Planning Concentration

Face the critical challenges to city life, like transportation, infrastructure, education, sanitation, and public health, in developed and developing countries around the world.

This concentration is only available for students enrolled in the Master of Public Administration and Master of International Development programs.

Areas of Focus

  • City and regional planning
  • Community and economic development
  • Governance and political institutions
  • Diversity and equality
  • Poverty and urban resilience
  • Housing and homelessness

Major Courses and Plans of Study

With the urban affairs and planning concentration, you will choose from a range of core courses tailored to you interests as well as taking a set of required degree courses. Compare the requirements for the MPA and MID degrees with this concentration.

Faculty Experts

Work with faculty whose academic backgrounds, fieldwork, and research are at the nexus of environmental policy and practice.

Sabina Deitrick

Sabina Deitrick
Associate Professor

In outreach, economic planning, and more, Deitrick has a broad range of experience in issues of community development.

Marcela González Rivas

Marcela González Rivas
Assistant Professor

Rivas’ research focuses on how social equity, community development, and regional economic planning can overcome issues of marginalization.

Carissa Schively Slotterback

Carissa Schively Slotterback
Dean, Professor

Named dean of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) in 2020, Dr. Slotterback is widely recognized for her research and teaching on public engagement and decision making in environmental, land use, and transportation planning.