School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs Northeastern University

School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs Northeastern University


Graduate Programs in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University

The School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University offers programs that prepare students to use sophisticated analytical skills to conduct policy analysis to understand the policy making process. The master's degree programs provide experiential learning opportunities through internships and capstone projects.

Law and Public Policy Programs

The interdisciplinary Law and Public Policy program offers the PhD, MS and JD/MS degrees. It seeks to prepare students for careers in academia, research, government, nonprofit, or legal institutions. LPP examines law, legal institutions, and public policy from an interdisciplinary social science perspective using both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Students have an opportunity to engage in policy analysis and applied research in several fields, including sustainability, climate change and environmental policy; health policy; urban policy; and crime, law and justice.

Public Administration Program

The School, in affiliation with the Department of Political Science, offers a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree. This accredited professional graduate program in public administration explores the theory and the practice of politics, public policy, and public management in the United States and other countries. The degree prepares students for a wide array of careers, from those in government to those in the nonprofit and private sectors.

The MPA degree is offered both online and on-campus. Students can take all courses online, all courses on-campus, or a combination of online and on-campus courses (note that international students are not eligible to take all courses online). Admission and course requirements for online and on-campus students are the same. MPA graduates work in local, state, and federal agencies; international institutions; nonprofit organizations; and the private sector. The MPA program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), a status signifying that the program meets the highest standards in curriculum, faculty, and student support for professional public administration graduate programs.

Urban and Regional Policy Program

The School also offers an interdisciplinary Master of Science in Urban and Regional Policy (MURP) that has students combine sophisticated analytical skills with a thorough understanding of how cities and regions work. Students prepare for careers in research and policy-making positions in an array of urban-focused public, nonprofit, and private-sector institutions. This program seeks to produce graduates who will be leaders with the ability to analyze global economic, technological, and social trends, develop policy responses designed to enable their respective cities and regions to adapt to those trends, and move those policies toward implementation.

More Information: School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Location & Contact

Contact Info
Dr. Joan Fitzgerald
Interim Dean and Program Director, LPP Program
Phone: 617-373-2891

Dr. Thomas Vicino
Program Director, MPA Program
Boston, MA 02115-5096
Phone: 617-373-5913

Dr. Gavin Shatkin
Program Director, MURP Program
Phone: 617-373-2891

Departments & Programs


Entrance Requirements:
Additional Exam Requirements/Recommendations For International Students: Required&Mdash;TOEFL.
Application Deadline:
For Fall Admission, 2/1 Priority Date For Domestic Students, 2/1 For International Students. Applications Are Processed On A Rolling Basis.
Application Fee:
Student Statistics:
Average Age 27. 51 Applicants, 57% Accepted, 18 Enrolled.

Student Body

Student Population:
22 Full-Time, 12 Part-Time.


8 Full-Time, 4 Part-Time/Adjunct.


Faculty Research:
Urban And Regional Development, Housing, Transportation And Energy, Urban Sustainability, Land Use.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid:
Federal Work-Study, Scholarships/Grants, And Tuition Waivers Available. Financial Award Application Deadline: 2/1; Financial Award Applicants Required To Submit FAFSA.

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