MBA - Urban Management and Governance

Two-Year Full-Time Masters Program in Urban Management & Governance

In view of the extensive need for management expertise in the development and management of urban infrastructure and systems, XUMG has pioneered the first 2-year full-time MBA Program in Urban Management and Governance in the country. The planning and management of livable, sustainable and smart cities have large-scale public and environmental implications, and require sector-specific expertise to ensure appropriate citizen-centric, just and ecologically sustainable development. 

The MBA-UMG is therefore designed to build multi-dextrous professionals with the spatial and systemic understanding of urban areas on one hand and functional management knowledge and skills on the other. The combination of a spatial imagination and abilities, and management expertise endows a unique combination of competencies. 


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The Program is suitable for graduates in all disciplines; planners, engineers, geographers and architects in particular will find it adds enormous value to their careers. The unique integration of management education with spatial design and public systems development capabilities prepares students to analyse managerial issues in urban contexts and develop insightful, practical and innovative solutions. The curriculum helps them decipher the complex problems of human settlements and public domain functioning, and address them in effective, ethical and inclusive ways. 

Program Objectives:

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Academic Calendar:

The MBA-UMG academic year comprises three terms of 12-14 weeks each. In Term II, students spend six weeks with an urban local body (ULE, see below). The Summer Internship Program (SIP) is at the end of the First Year, for 8-10 weeks between Terms III and IV. The week usually has 18-20 sessions, including classroom sessions and other segments such as the Urban Management and Governance Practice Collquium (UMGP), the Urban Ethics Seminar (UES), Immersion courses and the CitieX, an exhibition of city projects. Co-curricular events including Leadership Talks, the SamaveX – the XUMG Annual Urban Conclave are often organized on weekends. 

Academic Calendar

Program Structure:

The MBA-UMG Program includes core and elective coursework and other learning segments of 111 credits. Each credit requires 10 hours of classroom contact or its field equivalent, and another 10 hours outside the classroom for preparatory reading and assignments. Students are thus expected to spend about 70 hours a week for their academic work, in preparation for the rigours of a public management career. The core courses provide the conceptual and theoretical fundamentals of management, urban analysis and spatial development, and the analytical frameworks and tools for field learning. These are augmented by Urban Learning Experience (Urban Studio), Urban Management Internship, UMGP Colloquium, Immersion Courses, seminars and leadership talks. 

Students have the opportunity to specialize by selecting appropriate electives and completing a capstone project in any of the following areas :

  • Water and Waste Management
  • Urban Mobility
  • Housing Development and Financing
  • Economic Development & Livelihoods

MBA-UMG Curriculum Components

General Management for Urban Specialists

  • Managerial Analysis & Design Thinking
  • Quantitative Techniques
  • Organizational Communication
  • Social Research Methods
  • Urban Economics
  • Macro-economic Analysis
  • Settlement Planning and Management Colloquium

Urban Development

  • Foundations of Sustainable Urbanization
  • Urban Policies and Institutions
  • Methods and Tools of Spatial Analysis
  • Economics of Spatial Planning
  • Land Management & Development Control
  • Urban Informal Sector
  • Urban Networks and Services
  • Participatory Planning
  • Infrastructure Planning & Management
  • Urban Environment and Management
  • Housing & Housing Finance
  • Financing Urban Infrastructure
  • Governance and Decentralization

Urban Management Functions

  • Accounting for Decision Making
  • Financial Reporting & Analysis
  • Financial Management for Cities
  • Logistics and Operations
  • Organization Behavior, Team Building and Leadership
  • Human Resource Management
  • Essentials of Marketing and Social Marketing
  • Urban Information Systems
  • Urban Project Financing and Management
  • Urban Strategy

Practicum & Internships

  • Settlement Structure & Systems Studio
  • Urban Learning Experience & City Engagement
  • Summer Internship Program
  • Live Capstone Project

Internships and Special Curricular Components

  • Urban Learning Experience and City Engagement (ULECE) attaches students for six weeks with urban local bodies, to understand the city and get on-site learning of organized interventions and city-management practices. Students work on a live assignment of the ULB, applying their classroom learning of urban management and governance concepts and frameworks, to understand the practical nuances in application
  • Summer Internship Program (SIP) of at least eight weeks with leading sector organizations, for experiential learning of organizational working environments and managerial practices.
  • Settlement Planning and Management Colloquiumfeatures leaders and eminent professionals from urban development, planning and management fields to discuss contemporary issues and innovations.
  • Immersion Courses, on emerging topics are taught by industry thought leaders and professionals, to enable industry-readiness and exploration of emerging opportunities. Topics have included advanced Geographical Information Systems, ICT for Governance, Human Rights and Social Justice, Green Cities, Renewable Energy Management, Business Planning for Social Enterprises, City Rating and Quality Certification systems.
  • Habitat Planning & Development Ethics Seminar (HaPDES), enable students to learn conceptual and theoretical bases of ethical practice, discuss the ethical responsibilities and dilemmas of an urban practitioner, and identify ways to make principled choices and decisions
  • Independent Research Project, a live capstone project for students to develop specialization in an focal area of their interest through guided research by faculty and professionals specializing in that area.

Industry Interfaces & Engagements

HabituX, the association of XUMG students, organizes co-curricular events and activities which help students develop team-work and leadership capabilities, and engage with urban communities, industry and leaders. Specific components for industry engagement includes :

  1. Client Juries, by panels of experienced urban practitioners and urban policy makers who discuss and assess the ULECE, Urban Practicuum and Studio projects of students.
  2. ULE Review of students observations and analyses of their Urban Learning Experience and the live projects completed for their host organizations, by domain leaders. 
  3. The Samavesh – An Urban Management Conclave, of industry leaders and policy makers.
  4. Leadership Talks by top policy makers and business leaders who interact with students. 
  5. Xavier Annual Research on Cities Summit (ARCX Summit), a biennial event for scholars, industry leaders and policy makers to discuss emerging perspectives, approaches and technologies for sustainable settlements. Every student in the two-year MBA-UMG gets an opportunity to participate, interact and learn, and if presenting their work, to have it included in the Summit publications.

Admissions: Who can apply and how

The Program is suitable for graduates in all disciplines; planners, engineers, geographers and architects in particular will find it adds enormous value to their careers. The unique integration of management education with spatial design and public systems development capabilities prepares students to analyse managerial issues in urban contexts and develop insightful, practical and innovative solutions. The curriculum helps them decipher the complex problems of human settlements and public domain functioning, and address them in effective, ethical and inclusive ways.


Online applications can be submitted on the Xavier University website. The following categories of graduates are eligible for the

  • Candidates who have secured the 1st, 2nd or 3rd position (i.e., any of the top three ranks, at the College / Institute / University) in their undergraduate program can apply without any Admission Test score by filling the Online Application Form. A certificate from the Head of the Institution stating their rank/ position must be furnished to that effect when asked for.
  • Candidates with a three-year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in any discipline with at least 55% marks in aggregate from a recognized University can apply with a valid Admission Test score.
  • Candidates with Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, Planning, Geography (Hons.), and Economics (Hons.) with minimum 55% marks in aggregate AND candidates from other disciplines with minimum 60% marks in aggregate in their three-year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) program are also encouraged to apply.
  1. All shortlisted candidates (for all categories mentioned in this section) will have to appear for a Writing Ability Test and/or Group Discussion and/or Personal Interview.
  2. Final year degree students, who expect to complete their final examinations and other requirements for obtaining the degree by June 15, 2021, can also apply.

Campus Living and Learning

XUMG encourages students to develop team skills and citizenship qualities through participation in interest-specific, voluntary student associations and other pursuits such as sports, social service, book clubs, music, debates, quizzes, contests, etc. The MBA-UMG is a fully residential program with a large number of Student Committees and Associations which promote student engagement in a variety of such activities.


The Xavier University awards the MBA in Urban Management and Governance degree to students who successfully complete all curricular requirements equivalent to 111 credits, and fulfil other prescribed requirements of the MBA-UMG Program. The Degree is awarded to qualifying students in the Annual Convocation, usually in the month of March.

Careers in Urban Management and Governance

MBA-UMG graduates are actively sought by the leading organizations in urban development, including the major consulting organizations, infrastructure development entities, state and city governments for their Project Monitoring Units (PMUs) and Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs), international organizations, rating agencies and the Urban Development Ministry through their Urban Fellowship. Graduating XUMG students organize their placements through their elected Career Advisory Services Committee. The University CAS Office and XUMG faculty advise and support their efforts.