North­eastern University’s School of Social Sci­ences, Urban Affairs and Public Policy is launching a Master’s in Urban and Regional Policy, a new inter­dis­ci­pli­nary pro­gram aimed at devel­oping the next gen­er­a­tion of top-​​level researchers and strate­gists in urban and regional policymaking.

The pro­gram is designed to pre­pare leaders for posi­tions in an array of urban-​​focused public, non­profit and pri­vate sector insti­tu­tions. Stu­dents will develop sophis­ti­cated ana­lyt­ical skills com­bined with a thor­ough under­standing of how cities and regions function.

The gen­er­a­tion that shaped urban and regional policy in the past decades is nearing retire­ment, and a wide range of public, pri­vate and non­profit insti­tu­tions will soon be seeking new leaders,” said Christo­pher Bosso, asso­ciate dean of the School of Social Sci­ence, Urban Affairs and Public Policy. “This pro­gram will give grad­u­ates the ability to ana­lyze broad eco­nomic, tech­no­log­ical, and social trends, and develop and imple­ment policy responses to enable their respec­tive cities and regions to adapt to those trends.”

The pro­gram ben­e­fits from the breadth of expe­ri­ence and research at North­eastern by drawing from fac­ulty across dis­ci­plines and spe­cial­iza­tions. From pro­gram eval­u­a­tion and sta­tis­tical analysis to applied eco­nomic policy and urban devel­op­ment and plan­ning, stu­dents are exposed to a broader range of aca­d­emic dis­ci­plines, research oppor­tu­ni­ties and future career options in urban and regional policy.

The school is accepting appli­ca­tions for the fall 2009 semester through August 1. Recent North­eastern alumni inter­ested in applying can learn about Double Husky Schol­ar­ship eli­gi­bility by vis­iting www​.north​eastern​.edu/​d​o​u​b​l​e​h​u​sky.

Visit www​.pol​i​cyschool​.neu​.edu/​e​d​u​c​a​t​i​o​n​/​m​a​s​t​e​r​s​_​u​r​ban to learn more about the new Master’s in Urban and Regional Policy program.