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PhD Urban Studies

Students in the Ph.D. Urban Studies program at Portland State University apply a variety of social science perspectives to the analysis of the growth and development of metropolitan areas, states, and regions.

Quick Facts

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

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 at Portland State University explores these issues from multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary points of view.

What can you do?

Master of Urban Studies graduates generally work in applied research and community-based advocacy settings. Some MUS students also choose to continue their studies in the Urban Studies Ph.D. program. Since the core curriculum of the MUS program mirrors that of the Urban Studies Ph.D. program, MUS students can make a relatively easy transition into the doctoral program.

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.


Courses Included

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