School of Urban and Public AffairsThe Department of Urban and Public Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Louisville, is fully accredited by SACS, NASPAA and the PAB and offers three degree programs:  Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Urban Planning (MUP), and Ph.D. in Urban and Public Affairs.  The MPA program, which is offered in cooperation with the Department of Political Science, has tracks in Public Policy and Administration, Nonprofit Management, and Human Resources Management.  The MUP program, offered with the Department of Geography and Geosciences, has tracks in Land Use and Environmental Planning, Housing and Community Development, Spatial Analysis for Planning, and Administration of Planning Organizations.  The Ph.D. program involves faculty from multiple departments and offers two specializations: Urban Planning and Development and Urban Policy and Administration.  With our location in the city of Louisville, our faculty and students a truly able to utilize the city as a laboratory to study all aspects of civic life while giving them opportunities to be involved in positive changes within the community.

Research Opportunities

Graduate students in our programs have the opportunity to work with faculty who are active scholars in a wide variety of fields and disciplines. The department has particular strengths in Urban Planning and Development, Urban Policy and Administration, Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation, Housing and Community Development, Sustainability, Non-profit Management, Social Equity, and Real Estate to name a few.   Some notable recent publications include:

  • John Gilderbloom, Why are Foreclosures so High In African American Neighborhoods?
  • Frank Goetzke, Determinants of Seatbelt Use: Regression Analysis with FARS Data Corrected for Self-Selection
  • David Imbroscio, Beyond Mobility: The Limits of Liberal Urban Policy
  • Janet Kelly, Placemaking as an economic development strategy for small and mid-sized cities
  • Steven Koven, Immigration Challenges: Exploring the Options
  • Aaron Rollins, A look at New Public Management through the lens of the NCLB Act Specifically as it Relates to Traditionally Marginalized Populations
  • Matthew Ruther, Gayborhoods: Economic Development and the Concentration of Same-Sex Couples in Neighborhoods within Large American Cities
  • David Simpson, Crossing Paths: Trend Analysis and Policy Review of Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety
  • Sumei Zhang, Impacts of Enterprise Zone Policy on Industry Growth: New Evidence from the Louisville Program