MS Requirements

Master's in Urban Studies Degree Requirements

The program requires 30 graduate credits. The five-course core curriculum establishes a common base of knowledge and research skills. On completing their electives, students have two options: they may either secure a generalist degree, requiring 15 additional credits in elective courses, or they may specialize in one of the many areas of concentration offered in consultation with their Advisor. The specialist option requires 15 credits in specified courses beyond the core courses.

All students conclude the program with a capstone requirement in the form of a master's thesis or paper. The master's paper/thesis option can be related to an internship in a local government setting, nonprofit agency, or business. Students may earn up to 3 credits toward the M.S. degree in M.S. thesis credits.

Master's Program Core Curriculum

Research Methods (3 credits)

  • UrbStd 921 – Research Methods in Urban Affairs, 3 credits

Substantive Core Courses (9 credits)

Students can take three of the four substantive core courses below:

  • UrbStd 901 – Seminar: Urban Social Structure, 3 credits
  • UrbStd 913 – Seminar in Urban Political Process, 3 credits
  • UrbStd 945 – The Internal Structure of the City, 3 credits
  • UrbStd 971 – Seminar in American Urban History, 3 credits

Quantitative Analysis Courses

Any one of the following three courses will satisfy the requirement in quantitative analysis:

  • Hist 595 – The Quantitative Analysis of Historical Data, 3 credits
  • Ed Psych 624 – Educational Statistical Methods I, 3 credits
  • Soc 760 – Advanced Statistical Methods in Sociology, 3 credits
    A diagnostic exam is required to enroll in Soc 760.

For more information about course assignments and readings, see course syllabi.

MS/MLIS Coordinated Degree Program

In cooperation with the School of Library and Information Science, Urban Studies Programs offers a MS/MLIS program to prepare students for positions as urban information specialists. Students in this program concurrently pursue a M.S. in Urban Studies and a MLIS degree. Prerequisite to the award of either degree in this program is the simultaneous award of its counterpart degree. To obtain information, visit the School of Information Studies, or call (414) 229-4707.

Other USP Courses

For a complete listing of all Urban Studies courses, visit the USP Courses webpage to view upcoming USP semester course offerings and course descriptions obtained from the teaching faculty.

Graduate Grievance Procedures

Federal law and UWM policy require programs and departments to have procedures for graduate students to appeal academic decisions such as grades or scholastic standing. These procedures ensure the protection of students’ rights. These pages serve as a reference on procedures for graduate student academic appeals.