Urban Strategy

Major: Urban Strategy
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 48.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 45.1201
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 19-3051

About the Program

The MS in Urban Strategy program is a cross-disciplinary 2-year, 48.0 credit master’s degree designed to prepare students to become 21st century urbanists equipped to collaboratively and creatively solve complex multi-faceted urban challenges on all levels: locally, nationally and globally. The program boasts a cross-disciplinary curriculum focused on strategy, problem solving, and collaboration in the domains of urban planning, design, health, engineering, policy, community and economic development and sociology.

Admission Requirements

Transcripts: Provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

Standardized Test Scores: GRE/MAT test scores are accepted and appreciated, but not required. TOEFL scores are required for international applicants or applicants who earned a degree outside the U.S. (minimum scores: 100/577/233). Scores will be reviewed based on section scores and total scores. IELTS scores may be submitted in lieu of TOEFL scores.

Essay: Please write approximately 500 words explaining your reasons for pursuing a degree from Drexel; your short-term and long-term career plans; and how your background, experience, interest, and/or values, when combined with a Drexel degree, will enable you to pursue these goals successfully.

Résumé: Please submit a resume electronically

Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation are required. To electronically request recommendations, you must list your recommenders and their contact information on your application. We advise that you follow up with your recommenders to ensure they received your recommendation request — they may need to check their junk mail folder. Additionally, it is your responsibility to confirm that your recommenders will submit letters by your application deadline and follow up with recommenders who have not completed their recommendations.

Academic Experience: You must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in your major.

Degree Requirements

ECON 616Public Finance and Cost Benefit Analysis3.0
URBS 510History of Urban Space3.0
URBS 520What is a City3.0
URBS 530Quantitative Methods & Reasoning for Urban Strategists3.0
URBS 610Civic Engagement & Participatory Methods3.0
URBS 620City of Systems3.0
URBS 630Spatial Reasoning for Urbanists, Architects & Designers3.0
URBS 650Urbanism, Health & the Built Environment3.0
URBS 670Thesis I: Research Inquiry & Design3.0
URBS 675Thesis Seminar I1.5
URBS 680Thesis II: Fieldwork3.0
URBS 685Thesis Seminar II1.5
URBS 690Thesis III: Documentation3.0
Electives12.0
Creative Placemaking
Political Activism in the Arts
Essentials of Economics
Theory and Practice of Community Health and Prevention
Grant Writing
Technologies of Making
Data Visualization for Design Professionals
Cities and Climate Change
Issues in United States Health Policy
Public Health Advocacy and Activism
Environmental Topics in Design
Monitoring and Evaluation in Global Health
Theory and Practice of Policy Analysis
Methods of Policy Analysis
Independent Study in Urban Strategy
Independent Study in Urban Strategy
Special Topics in Urban Strategy
Special Topic in Urban Strategy
Total Credits48.0

* Students can select additional electives with advisor approval

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
URBS 510History of Urban Space3.0
URBS 520What is a City3.0
URBS 530Quantitative Methods & Reasoning for Urban Strategists3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 2
URBS 610Civic Engagement & Participatory Methods3.0
URBS 620City of Systems3.0
URBS 630Spatial Reasoning for Urbanists, Architects & Designers3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 3
ECON 616Public Finance and Cost Benefit Analysis3.0
URBS 650Urbanism, Health & the Built Environment3.0
Elective 3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 4
URBS 670Thesis I: Research Inquiry & Design3.0
Electives6.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 5
URBS 680Thesis II: Fieldwork3.0
URBS 675Thesis Seminar I1.5
Elective3.0
 Term Credits7.5
Term 6
URBS 685Thesis Seminar II1.5
URBS 690Thesis III: Documentation3.0
 Term Credits4.5
Total Credit: 48.0

Urban Strategy Faculty

Debjani Bhattacharyya, PhD (Emory University). Assistant Professor. Modern South Asian history; urban environmental history; history of economic thought; and post-colonial theory.
James W. Buehler, MD (University of California, San Francisco). Clinical Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Public health preparedness, e-health, health policy, building public health infrastructure and capacity, chronic diseases, behavioral health, data privacy, emergency preparedness and public health practice.
Rena Cumby, BArch, MS (Drexel University) Department Head, Department of Architecture & Interiors. Associate Professor. Interior designer; foundation studies and design education.
Alan Greenberger, FAIA, BArch (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) Distinguished Visiting Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation Fellow. Distinguished Teaching Professor. Urban planning and policy.
Scott G. Knowles, PhD (Johns Hopkins University) Interim Department Head, History. Professor. Urban history, history of technology, history of disasters, modern history.
Yvonne Michael, ScD (Harvard School of Public Health) Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs. Associate Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Epidemiology of aging, social epidemiology, women's health, community-based participatory research; health disparities.
Harris Steinberg, FAIA, MArch (University of Pennsylvania) Executive Director, Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation. Distinguished Teaching Professor. Urban design and civic engagement.
Andrew Zitcer, PhD (Rutgers University) Thesis Director. Assistant Professor. Arts and community development, community based organizations, governance modes, organizational planning, narrative and social theory.
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