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. 

  • Degree Offerings
  • Full-Time and Part-Time Tracks
  • Faculty
  • Application Requirements
  • Program Contacts

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Office of Graduate Admissions
Bendetson Hall
Medford, MA 02155
(617) 627-3395
gradadmissions@tufts.edu

M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning

The M.A. program 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. 

Pathways to Tufts: Part-Time Track for Working Professionals

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
Evenings

Evenings
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

Elective
Alternate Saturdays 9AM-2PM


Evenings
Spring Semester UEP0251: Economics for Planning and Policy Analysis

Elective
Alternate Saturdays 9AM-2PM

Evenings
Summer Session 1 UEP0230 Negotiations & Conflict Resolution Evenings
Fall Semester

Thesis 

Elective

 
Spring Semester Thesis  

 

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

Faculty

Mary E. Davis
Department Chair and Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Florida
Environmental health and economics
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
Julian Agyeman
Professor
Ph.D. , University of London
Sustainability policy and planning, environmental and food justice, intercultural cities
Rachel Bratt
Professor Emerita
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Housing and community development
Christine Cousineau
Lecturer
MArch AS, MCP , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Urban planning and design, green urban design, retrofitting suburbs, community engagement
Laurie Goldman
Senior Lecturer
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Social welfare and housing policy, policy implementation, public and nonprofit management
Justin Hollander
Professor and Certificate Program Advisor
Ph.D. , Rutgers University
Land use planning, urban design, shrinking cities, big data analytics
James Jennings
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. , Columbia University
Urban and neighborhood politics, social welfare, community development
Sheldon Krimsky
Lenore Stern Professor in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Ph.D. , Boston University
Environmental policy and ethics
Russ Lopez
Russ Lopez
Lecturer
Environmental factors associated with learning and education, urban environmental health, and the contribution of the social and built environments to public health outcomes and social disparities
Liat Racin, Lecturer in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University
Liat Racin
Lecturer
Ph.D. , King's College, London
Social geographer and urbanist with particular interests in social policy, ecology, public spaces, and justice
Ann Rappaport
Senior Lecturer
Ph.D. , Tufts University
Environmental management and policy
Portrait of Shomon Shamsuddin.
Shomon Shamsuddin
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Housing policy, education, and community development
Portrait of Sumeeta Srinivasan.
Sumeeta Srinivasan
Lecturer
Ph.D. , 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 Pathways Part-time Track: June 1
Spring Pathways Part-time Track: December 1

Application Requirements:


> Application Fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal Statement
> Official GRE scores* 
> Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
> Transcripts
> Three Letters of Recommendation

*The department does not base admissions decisions solely on the GRE. A GRE score is not required for current Tufts undergraduates or applicants 5+ years beyond a bachelor's degree.

 

For questions about this program, including scholarships and assistantships, please contact Laurie Goldman.

Students interested in part-time study should contact pathwaysgsas@tufts.edu

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

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