Urban Studies (M.A.)

Depending on the number of courses taken each semester, the degree is a 3 or 4 semester program for full-time students (for example 3 semesters plus field work in the summer). The Degree requires completion of 36 credits (12 courses) and a formal Master's Thesis. Three core courses establish a common base of knowledge and research skills, in addition to field work and a research project. Students then complete seven elective courses across a variety of disciplines depending on their individual interests.

Course Title Credits
URST 5000Issues in Urban Studies3
URST 5020Urban Political Processes3
URST 6200Research Skills Urban Studies3
Select nine elective courses 127
URST 6080Urban Studies Fieldwork 21 to 6
URST 6999Urban Studies Research1 to 6
MA Thesis Completion 3

Urban Studies Electives offered by other departments

Courses in this group have the URSG attribute.

Course Title Credits
BISC 5511Conservation Law and Policy3
CEED 6010Research Ethics and Soc Justic3
ECON 5015Eco Development Policy3
HIST 6531Bombay–Shanghai–London4
HUAF 5031Community Participation0-2
PMMA 5106Race, Gender, & Digital Media3
POSC 5140Themes in Urban Public Policy and Power3
POSC 5500Comparative Pol Analysis3-4
POSC 6530Political Economy of Development3,4
PSYC 6010Research Ethics and Social Justice3
SOCI 5518Issues in Urban Sociology3
SOCI 5605Vulnerable Pop & Migratn0-2
SOCI 6100Classical Social Theory3
VART 5555Urban Film Video Production3

Admission Requirements

Candidates for the M.A. in Urban Studies are expected to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 from an accredited college or university. Completed applications will include each of the following items:

  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of intent: up to 500 words
  • Three letters of recommendation: from professors or employers, submitted directly by referees
  • Writing sample: 5 - 7 pages maximum
  • Official degree transcripts: confirming prior degree conferral are required for all applicants, regardless of matriculation status. These should be ordered at least one month prior to the application deadline for your program of interest. You may upload unofficial copies of your transcripts to your application while the Office of Admissions awaits receipt of your official transcripts.
  • English Proficiency: International applicants whose native language is not English are required to complete and submit to GSAS prior to matriculation their official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). GSAS will also consider a student’s International English Language Testing System (IELTS)—Cambridge English Proficiency Level language testing results.

The GREs are not required, unless you are interested in applying for financial aid. 


For more information about admissions to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, please visit their page on the Fordham website.