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

Drexel University’s Urban Strategy MS program prepares students to meet urban planning and public policy challenges through a 48-credit, 2-year, interdisciplinary master's degree program that brings together Drexel’s expertise in design, engineering, business, policy and public health. This unique master’s program empowers and prepares students for careers focused on improving the well-being of urban citizens.

Additional Information

For more information about the MS in Urban Strategy, contact: Andrew Zitcer, PhD.

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
Community Organizing and Community Assessment for Health and Wellness
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
Theory and Practice of Policy Analysis
Methods of Policy Analysis
Mobilities Lab
Philadelphia in a Changing Climate Lab
STS Perspectives on Risk and Disaster
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

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
URBS 5103.0URBS 6103.0ECON 6163.0VACATION
URBS 5203.0URBS 6203.0URBS 6503.0 
URBS 5303.0URBS 5303.0Elective3.0 
 9 9 9 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
URBS 6703.0URBS 6803.0URBS 6851.5 
Electives6.0URBS 6751.5URBS 6903.0 
 Elective3.0  
 9 7.5 4.5 
Total Credits 48

Urban Strategy Faculty

Debjani Bhattacharyya, PhD (Emory University). Associate Professor. Urban history, South Asian history, environmental history, legal history, transnational history, post-colonial theory, subaltern studies, history of modern economic thought and feminist history.
Alan Greenberger, FAIA (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) Department Head, Architecture, Design & Urbanism. Distinguished Teaching Professor. Urban planning, economic development, urban governance
Jana Hirsch, MES, PhD (University of Michigan). Assistant Research Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Health and place, built environment, health disparities, behavioral health, spatial analysis, GIS, urban health, physical activity, active aging and age-friendly neighborhoods, gentrification, neighborhood change.
Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman, MA (Portland State University). Adjunct Instructor. Public space, placemaking
Scott G. Knowles, PhD (Johns Hopkins University) Department Head, History. Professor. Urban history, Philadelphia history, history of technology, history of disasters, modern history.
Stephen Mullin, MA (University of Pennsylvania). Adjunct Instructor. Urban economics, public policy
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). Assistant Professor. Urban planning, creative placemaking, cooperative practice
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