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Fordham University

Program in Urban Studies

New York, NY


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Fordham University


Cities as Laboratories

As the world becomes increasingly more urban, cities around the globe have become incubators for creating solutions to the many complex issues our society is facing. Fordham's solutions-oriented, interdisciplinary master's program in urban studies prepares students to tackle the challenges confronting urban society in a range of areas:

  • Economic development
  • Inequality and social justice
  • Public health
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Urban arts and creative industries
  • Historic preservation and gentrification
  • Technology and the development of "smart" cities

With New York City as their laboratory, students design a unique course of study tailored to their own interests. They develop a nuanced understanding of the powerful forces that are shaping the world's cities and gain the problem-solving skills required to improve quality of life.


Fordham's master's in urban studies prepares students for a wide variety of careers in public, nonprofit, and private settings:

  • City and regional planning
  • Real estate
  • Historic preservation
  • Education
  • Public administration
  • Environmental regulation
  • Urban renewal and design
  • Housing development agencies
  • Business improvement districts
  • Economic development corporations
  • Museums
  • Nonprofit cultural and arts institutions

Learn more about careers in urban studies.

Program Details

Designed as a 16-to-24-month program, Fordham's M.A. in Urban Studies offers evening classes at the university's Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan and its Rose Hill campus in the Bronx. Students are admitted to this program on a rolling basis.

Curriculum requirements include three core courses, seven elective courses, fieldwork, and the completion of a master's thesis for a total of 36 units. Students' master's thesis topics are directly tied to research and fieldwork.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Arts (MA)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 4

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Internship or field work, research project


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic

Entrance Requirements

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
Not Reported
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 0%
Black or African American 41.67%
White or Caucasian 50%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 8.33%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Unknown 0%


Male (50%)
Female (50%)

Location & Contact

Address 441 East Fordham Road
New York, NY  10458
United States
Contact Dr. Annika Hinze
Phone: 718-817-3960