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Master in Urban Studies

The Master of Urban Studies program at Portland State University is a 52-credit graduate program that gives students skills to study and interpret urban phenomena from a variety of viewpoints, also suitable for employment by public agencies, private firms, and non-profit organizations.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: $683 per credit
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

Since the core curriculum of the MUS program at Portland State University mirrors that of the Urban Studies Ph.D. program, MUS students can make a relatively easy transition into the doctoral program, if they apply and are accepted. In any case, the MUS program is academically focused on researching the urban environment.

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; and the lack of effective institutions of regional governance.

The program explores these issues from multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary points of view. Through participation in classes and seminars, and supervised research and teaching activities, M.U.S. graduates generally work in applied research and community-based advocacy settings.


Courses Included

  • Urban Economic and Spatial Structure
  • History and Theory of Urban Studies
  • Sociology and Politics of Urban Life
  • Research Design
  • Data Analysis
  • Qualitative Analysis
  • Urban Studies Seminar