PPIA Program

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Open House at Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs!

Posted on January 12th, 2016

Are you thinking about graduate school, but feel puzzled at how to start the process? Do you have specific questions about career opportunities and financing your education? Join us for a free Open House on Saturday, January 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Northeastern University School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, 1135 Tremont St., Boston, MA.

Meet current students, alumni, faculty, and staff, and explore your field of interest within our interdisciplinary masters programs – Public Administration, Urban Informatics, Urban and Regional Policy, Public Policy, and International Affairs.

We educate students in both theory and practice, preparing them to become effective contributors to social, economic and environmental change.

Antonio BrustThe University’s infrastructure is extensive, and I particularly enjoy spending time at Snell Library, where I enjoy the relaxed environment and also know I can find a broad variety of services, from personal GIS advising to 3D printing. Boston is a wonderful place to live in, and the campus benefits from a privileged location within the city, which is well serviced by public transportation in case walking or biking are not an option,” said Antonio Vazquez Brust, a first-year student in Northeastern’s M.S. in Urban Informatics. “The quality of staff, faculty and course content fulfilled my expectations. I feel like I have greatly benefited from the interaction with my teachers. Two recurring themes that I particularly appreciate are enriching debates during class discussion and hands-on contact with Boston’s policy issues. And speaking of hands-on involvement, professor Dan O’Brien – research director of the Boston Area Research Initiative – has invited me to join his team, so I’ll also gain experience as a researcher on pressing urban issues. Our current project involves using “Big Data” to identify indicators of gentrification, track them across time, and assess their impact to obtain a full set of indicators that might be shared with policymakers, as well as the insights that they might shed on the process by which gentrification occurs.”

Come and learn about our cutting-edge research centers and labs and our international exchange experiences.

Lauren_Costello“The SPPUA programs really emphasize getting out there and putting theory to work and I’ve had two incredibly positive experiential learning opportunities so far,” said Lauren Costello, a student in the Urban and Regional Policy program. “I’ve worked at the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy as a research assistant and I traveled to Amsterdam last semester to study at the University of Amsterdam in their competitive Urban Studies program. These opportunities are without a doubt the two most important experiences of my graduate career so far.”

Register today to save a seat! Lunch will be provided.