Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning

UEP is a community of practicing scholars—our faculty, students and alumni are public-spirited individuals committed to engaged processes and just outcomes for cities and communities.

Students can choose to study either full-time or enroll in the part-time track for working professionals, attending courses during the evenings and on weekends. 

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  • Application Requirements
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Medford, MA 02155
(617) 627-3395

MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning

The MA in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP) at Tufts prepares a new generation of leaders – ‘practical visionaries’ – who will contribute to the development of inclusive and sustainable communities.

A nationally accredited urban planning program, it is distinct from many other planning and policy programs by having a strong social justice focus. Tufts UEP graduate students learn to engage and confront the social and environmental challenges in today’s world of rapid urbanization.

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Full-Time Track

Our accredited urban planning M.A. program usually takes two years of full-time study. The program requires completion of twelve or thirteen courses plus a thesis or capstone exam for a total of 42 credit hours. 

Part-Time Track for Working Professionals (domestic applicants only)

Using a trimester format for graduate coursework, the part-time accredited urban planning program allows working professionals to work full-time while attending courses during the evening, online, and/or weekends, allowing completion of the program in two to three years. Requirements are the same as full-time study. 

Sample Part-Time Schedule*

Term Courses Offered
Fall Semester UEP0250: Foundations of Public Policy and Planning

UEP0252: Cities in Space, Place and Time
Tuesday and Thursday, 4:30-5:45PM

Monday and Wednesday, 4:30-5:45PM
Spring Semester Elective

UEP0255: Field Projects

Summer Session 1 UEP0232: Intro to GIS Evenings
Summer Session 2 UEP0191: Philanthropy and Fundraising Evenings
Fall Semester UEP0254: Quantitative Reasoning for Policy and Planning

Alternate Saturdays 9AM-2PM

Spring Semester UEP0251: Economics for Planning and Policy Analysis

Alternate Saturdays 9AM-2PM

Summer Session 1 UEP0230 Negotiations & Conflict Resolution Evenings
Fall Semester



Spring Semester Thesis  


*This is a sample schedule. Course offerings and schedule are subject to change. 


Julian Agyeman
Fletcher Professor of Rhetoric and Debate and Interim Chair
Ph.D. , University of London
Sustainability policy and planning, environmental and food justice, intercultural cities
Christine Cousineau
MArch AS, MCP , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Urban planning and design, green urban design, retrofitting suburbs, community engagement
Kate Davies
Kate Davies
PhD , University of Auckland
Adaptive governance, coastal and marine management, equitable sustainability transformations, resilience planning
Mary E. Davis
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Florida
Environmental health and economics
Laurie Goldman
Senior Lecturer
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Social welfare and housing policy, policy implementation, public and nonprofit management
Justin Hollander
Ph.D. , Rutgers University
Land use planning, urban design, shrinking cities, big data analytics
Shan Jiang
Shan Jiang
Eileen Fox Aptman, J90, and Lowell Aptman Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Big data analytics; spatial data science; urban mobility; urban science
Penn Loh
Senior Lecturer and Director of the M.P.P. Program and Community Practice
M.S. , University of California, Berkeley
Environmental justice, solidarity and new economy, community organizing
Rebecca Shakespeare, Lecturer, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Rebecca Shakespeare
Ph.D. , University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Geographic information system; urban geography; housing; critical GIS
Portrait of Shomon Shamsuddin.
Shomon Shamsuddin
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Housing policy, education, and community development
Portrait of Sumeeta Srinivasan.
Sumeeta Srinivasan
Senior Lecturer
PhD , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Intersection of sustainable development and spatial inequities of access
Jon Witten
Senior Lecturer
J.D. , Suffolk University
Land use planning, local government law, natural resources policy

Application Deadline

Fall: January 15

Fall Part-time Track for Working Professionals: August 1
Spring Part-time Track for Working Professionals: December 15 (domestic applicants only)

Application Requirements:

> Application Fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal Statement
> GRE are not required
> Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test, if applicable
> Transcripts
> Three Letters of Recommendation

For questions about this program, including scholarships and assistantships, please contact Rebecca Shakespeare.

Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning 
97 Talbot Avenue 
Tufts University 
Medford, Massachusetts 02155

Tel: (617) 627-3394 
Fax:(617) 627-3377