Career opportunities in urban and regional governance with a Master’s degree

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The aim of the Sciences Po Urban School’s Master’s programmes is to prepare students for careers in urban and regional governance in the public, private or nonprofit sectors.

Skills acquired after a Master’s programme in urban and regional governance at Sciences Po

The Master’s programmes offered by the Sciences Po Urban School enable students to develop the following professional skills:

  • Analyse and evaluate public policies
  • Develop and support complex projects
  • Prepare shared diagnostic reports with institutional stakeholders
  • Identify and communicate the needs and expectations of local stakeholders
  • Identify and engage strategic partners and contact persons in the city or region
  • Facilitate technical working groups and professional networks
  • Develop and lead information, consultation and participation schemes with the public: residents, users, nonprofit organisations, and businesses
  • Capitalise and communicate on the projects undertaken by the local authority

> Find out more about the Urban School’s Masters programmes.

Professional fields in the management of urban environments

On completion of the Master’s programmes, the knowledge and skills acquired open up career opportunities in various fields:

  • Ministries
  • Major cities
  • Municipalities
  • Departments for Land and Coastal Management (Directions départementales des territoires et de la mer or DDTM)
  • Inter-municipal cooperation agencies (Établissement public de coopération intercommunale or EPCI)
  • Consulting firms
  • Private companies
  • State-owned enterprises
  • International institutions
  • NGOs
  • Non-profit organisations
  • Research laboratories or groups

Jobs and professions after a Master in urban policy and strategy

An Urban School Master’s degree allows graduates to work in a wide range of professional environments, in the public, private or nonprofit sectors.

The training opens the door to a variety of professions for a career in areas related to urban strategy and governance:

  • Ministerial advisor or advisor in a local authority
  • Chief administrative officer of a local authority
  • Councillor
  • Member of a councillor’s staff
  • Chief of staff
  • Head of a municipal department
  • Town clerk
  • Local government officer
  • Research and planning officer
  • Policy officer, social and solidarity economy
  • Policy officer, inclusive city
  • Research officer, city and gender
  • Policy officer, local democracy and urban policy
  • Urban affairs and development officer
  • Cultural policy officer
  • Staff member of a local government association
  • Public policy consultant
  • Transport & mobility consultant
  • Urban and regional strategy consultant
  • Research engineer
  • Researcher in public policy
  • Digital project manager
  • Data officer
  • Project manager, energy efficiency
  • Head of a devolved government department
  • Policy analyst


Hugo RibadeauHugo Ribadeau Dumas, graduated 2013, assistant manager at KPMGdiplômé en 2013 et assistant manager chez KPMG

> Read the testimonial ofHugo Ribadeau Dumas

Stéfanie WeberStéfanie Weber, graduated 2018, communications officer at URBACT

> Read the testimonial of Stéfanie Weber

Examples of institutions and companies in the urban and regional policy sector

Many of our Urban School Master’s graduates go on to senior positions and urban management roles in companies, organisations and institutions in the urban and regional policy sector.

Here are some examples of institutions and companies that may be of interest to urban and regional strategy students:

Public sector

French National Agency for Regional Cohesion (Agence Nationale de la Cohésion des Territoires - ANCT) - Department of Planning - Housing and Nature (Direction générale de l’aménagement, du logement et de la nature - DGALN) - City of Paris - French Ministry for the Ecological Transition - French Ministry for Territorial Cohesion and Relations with Local Government - City of New-York - Ile-de-France Mobilities - London Councils - Greater Paris Metropolis - European Metropolis of Lille - Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority - São Paulo State Government


Algoé Consultants - EY - City Linked - KPMG - Urbanova - Caisse des dépôts et consignations - Cisco - La Poste - Agence Grand Public - Wavestone - Sia partners - Kisio - INterland - Espelia

NGOs & nonprofits

100 villes résilientes - AdCF (French local government association) - AIMF (International Association of Francophone Mayors) - Fondation Abbé Pierre - Global Fund for Cities Development (FMDV) - TDIE (Transport Development Intermodality Environment) - Afev (Association de la Fondation Étudiante pour la Ville – a youth volunteers nonprofit) - ADAGE (Association D’Accompagnement Global contre l’Exclusion – an employment support nonprofit)

International institutions

C40 Cities - OECDE - CGLU (United Cities and Local Governments) - DG REGIO of the European Commission - UN - UN-Habitat

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