Ranked No. 8 in Urban Policy
U.S. News & World Report, 2020

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

The Urban Studies master’s program is structured as an M.I.S. of 30 credit hours and can be completed in two years.

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall:
    • Early deadline: February 15
    • Regular deadline: April 1
    • Late deadline: June 1
  • Spring:
    • Early deadline: October 1
    • Late deadline: November 1
  • Summer: Does not admit

Urban Studies, M.I.S.

Join GSU’s urban studies master’s program for a deep dive into these urban phenomena. Offering an interdisciplinary perspective on urban studies, students follow a core trajectory of shared courses and have the freedom to specialize by individually selecting from a large offer of elective courses. Students work with a faculty advisor throughout their studies and have the opportunity to join the Urban Studies student association with like minded peers.

Our flexible degree structure enables students to explore the issues and concerns shaping their interest in urban studies – from gentrification, community development, and transport equity to climate change, global pandemics, and the future of the suburbs – through a variety of perspectives. MIS graduates have the ability to conduct rigorous urban research with strong policy relevance, informed by a strong commitment to realizing more equitable and inclusive forms of urban development.

Urban Studies, M.I.S.

Join GSU’s urban studies master’s program for a deep dive into these urban phenomena. Offering an interdisciplinary perspective on urban studies, students follow a core trajectory of shared courses and have the freedom to specialize by individually selecting from a large offer of elective courses. Students work with a faculty advisor throughout their studies and have the opportunity to join the Urban Studies student association with like minded peers.

Our flexible degree structure enables students to explore the issues and concerns shaping their interest in urban studies – from gentrification, community development, and transport equity to climate change, global pandemics, and the future of the suburbs – through a variety of perspectives. MIS graduates have the ability to conduct rigorous urban research with strong policy relevance, informed by a strong commitment to realizing more equitable and inclusive forms of urban development.

Ranked No. 8 in Urban Policy

U.S. News & World Report, 2020

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

The Urban Studies master’s program is structured as an M.I.S. of 30 credit hours and can be completed in two years.

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall:
    • Early deadline: February 15
    • Regular deadline: April 1
    • Late deadline: June 1
  • Spring:
    • Early deadline: October 1
    • Late deadline: November 1
  • Summer: Does not admit

Careers

The M.I.S. in Urban Studies prepares students for professional or academic careers with skills in urban studies, urban policy, urban theory, analysis of complex challenges in urban environments and the process of urbanization.

Program Details

A completed application includes:

  1. Submitted Online Application. Online applications must be submitted by the deadline. Paper applications are not available.
  2. Application fee: A nonrefundable fee of $50 is required for each application. This fee must be paid online by credit card.
  3. Goal statement: The goal statement is your means of presenting yourself to the Graduate Admissions Committee. You should submit a short typed statement of personal and professional goals as they relate to the certificate or degree program you are seeking. Most applicants write two typed pages, summarizing their work experience, the reasons they have chosen the program, why they want to attend Georgia State and how the degree fits in with their career goals.
  4. Official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores: Official scores must be reported to institution code 5251 and received by Georgia State by the application deadline. More information can be found at our Admissions FAQ page or, to schedule the test, at www.gre.org.
  5. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) Academic scores (International applicants only): International applicants are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores.
  6. Three letters of recommendation: Letters should be submitted through the online application.
  7. Upload Transcripts from each post-secondary college/university attended:
    • Upload each transcript to the Academic History section of the online application before submitting your application or upload to your application status page under the Upload Materials section if your application has been submitted.
    • Review requirements for submitting transcripts here.
    • Failure to follow these requirements will delay your application processing.
  1. Acquisition of knowledge of current and emerging urban issues and opportunities and challenges in the U.S. and globally, particularly with regard to themes of economic resilience, social inclusion and environmental sustainability;
  2. Mastery of skills to analyze complex urban questions; and
  3. Ability to conduct translational research with strong policy relevance.
  • Core Courses (12)
  • Electives (12)
  • Capstone Experience (6)

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Description

Contacts

Urban Studies Institute

Email: Urban@gsu.edu

Office Location
55 Park Place
8th Floor – 810

Academic Assistance
Email: AYSEnroll@gsu.edu
Phone: 404-413-0021

Office Location:
AYSPS Office of Academic Assistance
14 Marietta St. NW, Suite G-52
Atlanta, GA 30303

Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
14 Marietta St
Atlanta, GA 30303

The information shared here is intended to provide an overview of Georgia State University’s offerings. For official details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more please refer to the university catalogs.