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Our Faculty

UEP is a community of scholars and practice — our faculty are public-spirited individuals committed to engaged processes and just outcomes for cities and communities. Truly multi-disciplinary, our training spans the fields of economics, environmental science and engineering, geography, law, philosophy, planning, political science, social policy, and urban design. Our diverse faculty are active in research and professional engagement; many are leading scholars in their respective areas of expertise: just sustainability, environmental health and ethics, shrinking cities, housing and community development, child and family policy, international planning and urban policy, and Chinese urbanization, to name just a few.

Through faculty research and teaching, UEP has cultivated long-standing deep relationships with government agencies, community development corporations, advocacy organizations, grassroots neighborhood groups, and human service agencies, especially in Massachusetts and the greater Boston area. A committed group of seasoned practitioners with extensive teaching experience are involved in offering a wide range of electives as well as thesis advising. Frequently, we host visiting practitioners who are engaged in a deeper collaboration with UEP for a specific period of time. None of these relationships, of course, would be possible without our dedicated staff.

Our Students

Each year, between 45 and 55 students begin their studies in one of our two master's programs. Whether M.A. or M.P.P., most students come to Tufts seeking to deepen their theoretical understanding and strengthen their practical skills. Students come from all across the United States and increasingly, from different regions around the world.

Although we admit a few applicants to the M.A. program directly out of college, students most often have had several years of relevant work experience, either during or — more often — subsequent to college. The average age of recent entering classes has been 26, but typically ranges from 22 to 50. We strive for a class that represents diversity in race, ethnicity, and socio-economic background. Students' undergraduate studies range from anthropology to zoology and all points between. They have worked in public agencies and nonprofit organizations and as teachers, journalists, Peace Corps volunteers, and research assistants. Their experience includes a broad range of public advocacy, political, and health and human service activities. Our students bring a diverse set of experiences and skills to the program and serve as a rich resource of knowledge for one another.

The M.P.P. is designed for individuals with at least seven years of significant, relevant professional experience who are interested in expanding their knowledge of public policy within urban, social, and environmental domains — or across these domains, such as programs and policies related to the development of sustainable communities. This degree program offers students the opportunity to strengthen their critical thinking, policy analysis, and communication skills; improve their professional practice in areas such as mediation, land use planning, or financial management; and establish close professional relationships and networks among faculty, affiliated agencies, and other students.