Economic Development and Housing

The Economic Development and Housing track trains students for careers in housing, community development, real estate and economic development.

The major goals of this track are to:

  • Teach underlying economic theory governing real estate markets, politics surrounding the development process, and social theory underpinning the role of community organizations and residents.
  • Provide historical perspectives needed to understand and analyze current planning and policy issues, as well as the practical skills, such as real estate finance, needed to work in these fields.


Please note: Some courses are taught every other year.

PADM-GP.2106, Community Organizing
PADM-GP.2140, Public Economics and Finance
PADM-GP.2144, Debt Financing and Management for Public Organizations
PADM-GP.2171, Program Analysis and Evaluation
URPL-GP.2415, Public Policy and Planning in New York
PADM-GP.2443, Financing Urban Government
PADM-GP.2445, Poverty, Inequality, and Policy
URPL-GP.2452, Transforming Cities: Public-Private Partnerships, Public Spaces, Politics & the Press
URPL-GP.2620, Race and Class in American Cities
URPL-GP.2639, Real Estate Finance
URPL-GP.2670, Land Use, Housing and Community Development Seminar
URPL-GP.4622, Wealth and Inequality: Asset Development and Poverty Reduction Policies in the U.S.
URPL-GP.4635, Community Equity
URPL-GP.4638, Housing and Community Development Policy
URPL-GP.4647, Workshop in Planning: Creating 21st Century Communities

Electives Outside Wagner

In addition to the recommended Wagner courses, students may explore NYU electives offered outside of Wagner. The following is a partial list of potential courses. Students interested in pursuing these or other non-Wagner electives must first obtain the approval of the Urban Planning faculty. Refer to the registration procedures for more information.

School of Law

See the School of Law web site for course descriptions.

Stern School of Business

  • BSPA-GB.2300, Real Estate Transactions
  • COR1-GB 2311, Foundations of Finance
  • ECON-GB.3375, Urban Systems
  • FINC-GB.2329, Real Estate Primary Markets
  • FINC-GB.2339, Real Estate Capital Markets
  • OPMG-GB.60, Real Estate Development and Entrepreneurship

See the Stern School of Business web site for course descriptions.

Schack Institute of Real Estate

  • DEVE1-GC 1020, Planning and Design Issues in Development
  • DEVE1-GC 1055, Real Estate Valuation and Feasibility Analysis
  • DEVE1-GC 1060, The Development Process
  • DEVE1-GC 2005, Public-Private Development
  • DEVE1-GC 2010, Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Re-Development
  • DEVE1-GC 2105, Green Building & Sustainable Development
  • DEVE1-GC 2300, Community and Civic Engagement in Real Estate Development
  • REAL1-GC 1005, Principles of Real Estate Accounting and Taxation
  • REAL1-GC 2610, Real Estate Asset Management
  • REAL1-GC 3015, Affordable Housing Finance and Development
  • REAL1-GC 3400, Seminar in Community Development

See the Schack Institute web site for course descriptions.

Silver School of Social Work

  • MSWEL-GS 2175, Homelessness in Perspective

See the Silver School web site for course descriptions.