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Urban Leadership Program

About the Program

Our program is unique in its recognition that urban leaders come from a variety of professional backgrounds. Leaders can be elected officials, public administrators, nonprofit leaders, and leaders in private organizations. Our students range from transformative leaders, the big thinkers who see the world in a whole new way, to the everyday facilitator who makes sure fires are put out and aren't emerging in the workplace. Thus, a defining feature of our program is that students will have an opportunity to engage with leaders from a host of community settings. To further enhance this professional engagement, our students' experience will be highlighted by a series of panels and workshops that will allow participants to engage with some of the foremost urban leaders and policy analysts in the country.

Master of Arts in Urban Leadership

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Urban leadership at UNLV's School of Public Policy and Leadership recognizes that effective, creative, and energetic urban leaders are critical for fostering positive change to the economic, social, and political conditions of America’s cities. Given the complex nature of today's cities, urban leaders require a broad range of skills that include innovative problem-solving, strategic planning, and collaborative management.

Learn more about the Master of Arts in Urban Leadership.

Resources for Student Success

Financial Assistance

  • Financial aid is available through UNLV Student Financial Services
  • Some individuals may be eligible to receive tuition assistance from their employers
  • Active duty military and National Guard members may qualify for the VA education benefits or tuition assistance

Learn Online and in Las Vegas

All in a 15-month flexible online learning environment, students experience series of courses that give them the opportunity to connect with one another as well as urban leaders and policy analysts in the country. Graduates will not only leave with a master’s degree but their legacy project which demonstrates their leadership abilities to tackle urban issues around the world.