Master of Arts in Urban Affairs (MUA)
AS OF May 1, 2012, WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING NEW ADMISSIONS INTO THIS PROGRAM
This is a nationally recognized program in interdisciplinary planning approaches to complex urban problems. The core curriculum together with the electives provide the student an in depth understanding of the multiple dimensions of physical planning, urban economic development, and the sociopolitical history of planning and urban architecture. Urban Planners have consistently remained essential players in national, regional, state and local policy development and planning.
The MUA program is comprised of course work totaling 36 hours: 18 hours of core courses and 18 hours of concentration courses and electives. In addition, the program requires an internship (3 credit hours) for students with limited professional experience in the public sector.
Upon completion of the program, students must take oral comprehensive exams.
PPS 500 - The Metropolis (3)
PPS 501 Research Methods (3)
PPS 510 - Urban Economic Development (3)
PPS 530 - Planning the Metropolis (3)
PPS 531 - Land Use Planning and Analysis (3)
PPS 550 - History of Cities and Planning (3)
Elective course work is available in a variety of areas. Students have taken classes in business, social work, American studies, communication and more. Of course, many also take classes offered by Public Policy Studies, including public administration, city planning and policy analysis. Typical focus areas for Urban Affairs students include:
The internship program has been developed in cooperation with numerous governmental, nonprofit and private sector agencies, serving both the St. Louis region and various governmental units through out the country. Interns have worked with organizations such as: