Graduate Program Urban Studies Request Info Info Sessions Tuition Apply Now Contact Us Degree Details Masters (M) Total Credits 52 Start Term Fall Delivery Method On campus Program details (M) Doctorate (D) Total Credits 99 Start Term Fall Delivery Method On campus Program details (D) Learn more about our academic program delivery methods School/College College of Urban & Public Affairs Department Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning Urban Studies Master's Degree Overview Students in this program delve into such things as problems associated with growing social and economic inequalities between different places and population groups within the metropolitan region; environmental problems related to the prevailing pattern of urbanization; the lack of effective institutions of regional governance; and challenges such as unemployment, affordable housing and gentrification, environmental and food justice, and sustainable transportation. The program explores these issues from multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary points of view. Through participation in classes and seminars and supervised research activities, MUS graduates are prepared to work in applied research and community-based advocacy settings. Urban Studies Doctorate Overview Both interdisciplinary programs contain the same core requirements centered around understanding the evolution of metropolitan communities and urban lifestyles, along with grounding students in research and analysis. Students in the Ph.D. Urban Studies program apply a variety of social science perspectives to the analysis of the growth and development of metropolitan areas, states, and regions. To augment the core Ph.D. course requirements, these doctoral students pursue two of the following specializations: Planning, Community Development, Economic Development, Environment, Gerontology, Social Demography, or Transportation. The Ph.D. Urban Studies program explores these issues from multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary points of view. Regional Science brings a variety of social science perspectives to bear in analyzing the growth and development of metropolitan areas, states, and regions. The regional science program shares the same core requirements as the Urban Studies Ph.D. Beyond these, students in regional science design a program around two field areas. The first field should be Transportation or Economic Development unless an alternate field is approved by the student's committee. The second field should emphasize methodology and coursework specific to Regional Science. This field will be developed by the student and advisory committee. Urban Studies Master's Degree or Doctorate: Why PSU? What can I do with a Master's degree or Doctorate in Urban Studies? Through participation in classes and seminars, and supervised research and teaching activities, Ph.D. students are prepared for careers in institutions of higher education and in research organizations. Our graduates pursue academic and professional careers, most often in the fields of applied social research.