Educating Tomorrow's Changemakers

A commitment to career-focused education and policy-relevant research in service to the public good

Located in Boston, the Northeastern University School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs is at the forefront of social and policy effects in a dynamic urban setting. Our degree programs, research centers and broad array of experiential learning opportunities enable our students to hone their skills and make positive impacts wherever their careers take them, from local town offices and nongovernmental organizations to national governments and international institutions.

SPPUA News

An Evolving Energy Vision for Puerto Rico: New Collaborative Project wins NSF Grant

After Hurricane Maria destroyed most of Puerto Rico’s (PR) power grid in 2017, the island’s energy future was and continues to remain uncertain. Researchers at Northeastern University and the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez are working on a new collaborative project, “Power in Puerto Rico: Sociotechnical Imaginaries, Infrastructure Publics, and Electricity,” that is supported with…
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The 2020 BARI Conference, Reimagined

What does a conference look like in a time when in-person gatherings are impossible, but community and innovative public policy are more important than ever? We’re moving the 2020 BARI Conference online, featuring one panel every Friday throughout the summer. We’ll be announcing the series in one-month blocks, starting today! Each panel will be presented…
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Fall 2020 Course Offerings

As registration nears, please utilize this course list arranged by relevant topic: Urban and Regional Policy; Public Policy; Sustainability and Climate Change; and Law and Policy. We’ll be focusing on some longstanding key issues and topics, such as energy justice, urban settings and climate change, and health care, while exploring new territory with the recent…
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COVID-19 Updates

During this difficult time, Northeastern remains open, shifting to online learning and remote work. Within the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, we are here to support each other as best we can—to support our students, staff, and faculty. All of our courses (graduate and undergraduate) have shifted to an online format. We are…
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Information for Prospective Students

Programs with Online Modalities   Master of Public Administration Master of Public Policy Master of Science in Urban Informatics Graduate Certificate in the Nonprofit Sector Philanthropy and Social Change Graduate Certificate in Urban Analytics   Upcoming Online Info Session This information session is intended for prospective students and applicants who have been admitted into the…
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Events

04/15/2020

SPPUA Grad Program Online Info Session  

This information session is intended for prospective students and applicants who have been admitted into the graduate programs in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.  Note: Applicants who have accepted admission will be invited to a separate information session that will focus on Fall 2020 course registration and related curriculum matters.   Meeting…
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04/24/2020 - 05/15/2020

The 2020 BARI Conference, Reimagined

What does a conference look like in a time when in-person gatherings are impossible, but community and innovative public policy are more important than ever? We’re moving the 2020 BARI Conference online, featuring one panel every Friday throughout the summer. We’ll be announcing the series in one-month blocks, starting today! Each panel will be presented as…
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01/08/2020 - 04/08/2020

Updated Information for Climate Change: A Course for Everyone

The March 11 Myra Kraft Open Classroom public lecture will not be held, in accordance with Northeastern University’s updated event policy covering large gatherings, as well as Governor Baker’s State of Emergency declaration. More information about our remaining sessions (March 18, March 25, April 1 and April 8) will be forthcoming. We will still populate our Climate Resources…
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Spotlights

Video: Overview of SPPUA Graduate Programs

This video is a brief overview of our programs in the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs at Northeastern University, as well as FAQs, admissions requirements, and other helpful information. Prospective students, please utilize this video in lieu of our Welcome Day events. Stay safe and heal...

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Freakonomics: Alicia Sasser Modestino

Freakonomics: Alicia Sasser Modestino

This recent Freakonomics Radio episode features Prof. Alicia Sasser Modestino recounting the timeline of the waves of opioid addiction in the U.S., and in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Listen to the rest of this episode ...

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