Urban Affairs

Earn an MPA with an urban affairs concentration

The Urban Affairs concentration is an 21-credit-hour course of study within the Master of Public Affairs that prepares students with the ideas and technical skills needed to address the challenges and opportunities found in urban areas.

The Urban Affairs concentration leverages the expertise of SPEA IUPUI’s faculty, the urban location of the university, and the social, demographic, and economic trends that are attracting greater numbers of students to study, live, and work in metropolitan areas.

The importance and challenges of cities

A busy city at night

Cities generate the majority of economic output and represent the political and cultural centers of states and nations. Moreover, 60% of the world’s population is projected to live in cities by the year 2030.

At the same time, cities are facing pressing challenges including fragile budgets, deteriorating infrastructure, education and housing pressures, declining public trust in government, and a shrinking middle class.

Required courses (21 hours)

Urban Affairs students will also take one 3-credit-hour elective to complete the degree requirements.

Solve problems at the crossroads of policy, management, and science.