Urban Policy (UP)

The Urban Policy (UP) certificate emphasizes the social, economic, and political dimensions of urban problems and is designed to prepare students for careers in urban policy analysis and economic development in a variety of sectors. It has a global focus, and coursework is grounded in the interdisciplinary and comparative study of cities and urban problems in both advanced industrialized and developing countries. 

UP certificate students are required to complete two core courses and two elective courses.

Certificate Faculty Advisor
Esteban A. Rossi-Hansberg
Email: erossi@princeton.edu

Certificate Administrator
Abby Stern Cardinale  
Email: abbysc@princeton.edu

Core Courses

  • SPI 537: Urban Inequality and Social Policy
  • SPI 538: Urban Economics

Electives (Two Required)

A list of approved electives is made available at the beginning of each academic year.

Two half-term courses count as one course credit.

If one of the core courses is not offered in a given academic year, an approved substitute is designated.

Courses by Petition

Students who wish to count one course from another Princeton department toward the certificate requirements must seek prior permission from the UP certificate faculty advisor.