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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 34.9k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 34.9k / Year
  • Deadline:
  • 15 Tháng một 2017
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 486pts.
  • Duration:
  • 2 years

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    Our accredited M.A. degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning requires completion of 14 course credits (most courses receive one credit), including a thesis (1 or 2 credits) or capstone exam (1 credit), plus an internship. The M.A. program usually takes two-years of full-time study. Students may also enroll in the program on a part-time basis. Our M.A. degree is awarded through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. 

    • Five required core courses covering theoretical foundations and professional skills: 
      1. Foundations of Public Policy and Planning — A conceptual and critical overview of public policy and planning theory, process, and practice. Provides an introduction to basic elements of public policy formation and application involving a range of environmental, social policy, and planning issues. This includes methods for analyzing policy and planning decisions, strategies for developing alternatives, examination of the role of values and empirical knowledge in setting policy agendas, and implementation.
      2. Cities in Space, Place and Time — Introduces students to the history and theory of cities and metropolitan regions focusing specifically on the actions of planners and policy-makers and how these actions shape our communities, neighborhoods, cities, regions, and world. The focus will be on the US, but the course will include comparisons to other systems (e.g., UK, Western Europe, Latin America, and China). The course will examine the urban and metropolitan fabric through the lens of work, family, transport and communications, energy, environmental conditions, physical structure, economics and trade. Race, class, gender, immigration, and culture change will serve as cross-cutting themes throughout the readings, lectures, and discussions. Particular attention will be paid to institutional actors and their responses — governments, business leaders, and community leaders.
      3. Quantitative Reasoning — This course presents basic concepts of statistical analysis and research, and develops related skills that are indispensable to agency directors, policymakers, and advocates alike. Students learn to select among available data sources, measures and indicators, and statistical techniques in order to best answer questions of interest.
      4. Field Projects: Planning and Practice — Practical planning and research experience in a community or governmental setting. Students are exposed to the realities of urban and environmental planning practice by working in teams for actual clients. Focuses on the interplay of expertise, social and political values, and professional relationships.
      5. Economics for Policy and Planning Analysis — This course introduces economic concepts and tools of analysis relevant to public policy and planning. Microeconomic and macroeconomic approaches to understanding economic behavior and to generating solutions to economic problems are explored. Applications include policies related to the environment, housing, individual and family income, and community development.
    • Seven or eight additional elective credits in theoretical foundations, policy and planning fields, and professional skills.
    • An internship relevant to public policy or planning.
    • A master's thesis (1 or 2 credits) or capstone exam (1 credit).
    • Quantitative Prerequisite 
      Students admitted to UEP (both the M.A. and M.P.P.) are required to show evidence of basic algebra and graphing skills prior to registering for the department's quantitative courses (UEP 251 and UEP 254). This prerequisite must be fulfilled in one of the following three ways: (1) Score 150 or above (or 550 if taken prior to August 2011) on the quantitative section of the GRE; (2) Pass a college algebra or equivalent course (with a B- or higher) within the five years prior to entry into the UEP program; or (3) Pass a UEP math screening exam with a score of 80% or above (this exam must be taken in person at UEP). Please contact the UEP office if you have questions. 
      In addition to our course offerings, M.A. students may select courses from other Tufts departments and schools, and Boston-area consortium universities. To receive credit for a course toward their M.A., graduate students must attain a grade of B- or better.

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.


    1. Online application for admission
    2. Scanned copies of all college transcripts
    3. Letters of Recommendation: one for certificate programs, two for the engineering management program, and three for all other degree programs
    4. Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
    5. Personal statement elaborating on your reasons for wanting to pursue graduate study at Tufts
    6. Application fee of $85 
    7. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
    8. Achieved competitive scores on both the verbal and quantitative reasoning sections of the GRE
    9. Applicants who are not native speakers of English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum TOEFL score of 90 on the internet based exam is required for M.A., M.S., and Ph.D. applicants, and a minimum score of 85 is required for M.F.A. applicants. The minimum IELTS score is 6.5. 

    At least seven years of significant, relevant professional work experience required. GRE General Test scores are optional.


    For students who show scholarly promise, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering offer scholarships, fellowships, and research or teaching assistantships to full-time students in doctoral programs. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences also offers awards to full-time students in master’s programs. Certificate students are not eligible for these awards.

    • Tuition Scholarships are available in most master's and doctoral programs for qualified students.
    • Teaching Assistantships are offered by most departments.
    • Research Assistantships are generally available in the science and engineering areas.
    • Fellowships are offered to students who demonstrate outstanding records of achievement and a well-articulated plan of study.
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    • Ranking:
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    • Duration:
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