Urban Strategy

Major: Urban Strategy
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 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 48.0-credit, two-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, 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
EOH 550Introduction to Urban Health3.0
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 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
Electives *12.0
Total Credits48.0

Select 12.0 credits from 500-600 level courses, including Special Topics (T580 and T680) in AADM, AAML, BUSN, CHP, COM ,DSRE, EDPO, ENTP,  ENVP, HMP, INTR, PBHL, PLCY, SCTS, URBS

* Students can select additional electives with advisor approval

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
URBS 5103.0URBS 6103.0ECON 6163.0VACATION
URBS 5203.0URBS 6203.0Elective6.0 
URBS 5303.0URBS 6303.0  
 9 9 9 0
Second Year
EOH 5503.0URBS 6751.5URBS 6851.5 
URBS 6703.0URBS 6803.0URBS 6903.0 
 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) Senior Vice President for Real Estate and Development. Distinguished Teaching Professor. Urban planning, economic development, urban governance
Jana Hirsch, MES, PhD (University of Michigan). Assistant Research Professor. . Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Urban Health Collaborative. Health and place or built environment; health disparities; mental health and behavioral health; spatial analysis or GIS; urban health; physical activity; active aging and age-friendly neighborhoods.
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) Program Director, Urban Strategy. Associate Professor. Urban planning, creative placemaking, cooperative practice
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