3 Numbers To Know About Our Masters Programs

The Master of Public Affairs and Practical Politics (MoPA) program was founded in 2010 and graduated its first cohort in 2011. The vision of MoPA was to prepare students to thrive in the public affairs and political worlds that is unique to the Bay Area. A few years later in 2013, the Master of Arts in Urban Affairs (Urban) was established. Urban was designed to train students to graduate ready to be specialists in analyzing the policy challenges of 21st century urbanism—providing the skills and the knowledge to be effective leaders in community-driven urban policy and projects.

Here are MoPA and Urban by-the-numbers:


Both MoPA and Urban allow students to earn a master’s degree in two years. The shift from an 18 month program to a 2-year program provides our students a better opportunity to focus on their capstones and internships more intensively. Read about the experiences from some of our graduating MoPA and Urban candidates

MoPA/Urban faculty

Calvin Welch, Keally McBride, Ronald Sundstrom, Larry Magid, Rachel Brahinsky, Tenoch Flores, Nicole Derse, Larry Kamer, Kristin Stimpson, Brian Weiner, Ed Harrington, Lisa Feldstein, Tanu Sankalia, Egon Terplan, Alex Clemens, David Saah, Kevin Hickey, Rebecca Gordon, and Chris Carlsson.

In the 2015-2016 academic year, 19 full-time and adjunct faculty teach classes for both MoPA and Urban. Our faculty are renowned professors and practitioners in their fields of advocacy and lobbying, non-profits, communications, political analysis, data visualization, gentrification, public finance, and more!


Since MoPA’s beginning in 2010, the job placement rate within 6 months of graduating consistently remains above 80%. As of May 2015, we have 110 MoPA and Urban alums! That’s a lot of people to connect with. Our alumni work in non-profits, government sectors, and in private-public partnerships. To read about one alumna’s work, check out alumna, Alia Al-Sharif’s blog!


May 1 deadline

Applications close May 1 for the Master of Public Affairs and Master of Arts in Urban Affairs programs – apply today!

Several students were able to turn their educational career into reality through scholarship funding from generous supporters who believe in our mission. Consider donating today – every little bit helps provide students the opportunity to achieve their higher education dream.

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