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U.S. News & World Report, 2022

What does it cost?

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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 18 months.

Where will I take classes?

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 Georgia State’s urban studies master’s program for a deep dive into these urban phenomena: inclusive development, transit, economic resilience or environmental sustainability. 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.

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Program Details

A completed application includes:

  1. Submitted Online Application. Online applications must be submitted by the deadline. Paper applications are not available.
    • Create a new account
    • In the drop-down menu of Please select a college, select University Wide.
    • In the drop-down menu of Please select a program, select Interdisciplinary Studies, Master of Interdisciplinary Studies.
    • In the drop-down menu of concentration, select Urban Studies.
  1. Application fee: A non-refundable fee of $50 is required for each application. This fee must be paid online by credit card.
  2. Personal essay: This statement is your means of presenting yourself to the 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.
  3. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems): International applicants are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores.
  4. Two letters of recommendation: Letters should be submitted through the online application.
  5. 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.

**Official transcripts will only be required if an applicant is admitted to the program.

  • Core Courses (12)
  • Electives (12)
  • Capstone Experience (6)

View Curriculum Details

  1. Knowledge of current and emerging urban issues and opportunities and challenges.
  2. Development of analytical skills to with demonstrable competencies across a range of quantitative and qualitative methods.
  3. Ability to conduct translational research with inclusive and equitable policy relevance.

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Urban Studies graduates go on to careers in fields including: academia, business, government, planning, law, public policy, market research, and consultancy.

Faculty and advanced research programs.

The Public Sector
Local authority departments (such as regeneration services, planning, economic and development) and state and federal government agencies.

The Private Sector
Real estate, environmental consultancies, start-ups and social enterprises, large retail businesses, private developers, finance, architects and design studios, smart-city engineering firms, utilities companies.

NGOs and Philanthropy
Philanthropic organizations, advocacy groups, foundations, and think tanks focusing on urban development, governance, and environmental issues.


Urban Studies Institute

Email: [email protected]

Office Location
55 Park Place
8th Floor – 810

Academic Assistance
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 404-413-0021

Office Location:
AYSPS Office of Academic Assistance
55 Park Place NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

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