The Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning offers four Master's programs, designed to sharpen the skills of policy and planning professionals working toward inclusive, just, and sustainable communities.
Our accredited M.A. degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning requires completion of twelve or thirteen courses (36-39 credit hours) plus a thesis or capstone exam for a minimum of 42 credit hours. The M.A. program usually takes two-years of full-time study. Students can choose to study either full-time or enroll in the part-time track, which is tailored to fit the schedule of working professionals.
Students interested in careers in policy, science, and research in the environmental sector may want to consider the M.S. degree in Environmental Policy and Planning. The M.S. follows the same degree requirements as the M.A. but students work with their faculty advisor to develop a coursework track and a thesis that focuses specifically on sustainability and environmental issues. Students can choose either full-time study or the part-time track for working professionals.
Our M.S. degree in Sustainability trains future leaders to work in the area of sustainability within a variety of fields and industries, with a focus on just and equitable solutions. The degree requires completion of 36 course credits (11 courses total) plus an internship or capstone experience and is intended to be completed full-time in 12 months, although students may also enroll in the program part-time.
Our M.P.P. Degree 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 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. The program's part-time track allows working professionals to work full-time while attending courses during the evenings and weekends, completing their degree in two years.
Note that those who are not yet eligible for the M.P.P. should consider UEP's M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning or M.S. in Environmental Policy and Planning.
We offer students the opportunity of earning a joint or dual degree with a number of other departments and schools at Tufts, and with Boston College. These are available only to students in the M.A. program. A joint degree consists of one master's degree awarded by two graduate departments when a student meets the core master's requirements of both departments. Tufts departments participating in joint degree programs with UEP are: Department of Economics, and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering.
A dual degree consists of two master's degrees awarded for work done in distinct disciplines by two schools of Tufts University or Boston College. UEP has dual degree programs with: Fletcher School, School of Nutrition Science and Policy, School of Engineering (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering), and Boston College Law School.