Welcome to Urban Studies at UWM!

Urban Studies Graduate Programs

We offer students two interdisciplinary social science graduate programs led by 28 faculty from four schools/colleges across 10 departments. Our over 800 alumni have gone on to distinguished careers in academia, research institutions, government, and nonprofit agencies.

Master of Science Program

The Master of Science degree program in Urban Studies and the MLIS coordinated degree program with library science provide students with a broad understanding of urban society and trains them in research techniques appropriate to the study of metropolitan communities. The course of study stresses the understanding of social processes and the analysis of social and economic policies affecting cities.

PhD Program

The PhD program in Urban Studies emphasizes history, research methodology, and social science theory, and prepares students to conduct sophisticated research in the field of urban studies. Students in the program can go on to careers in academic departments, social agencies, and government institutions.

  • Detailed instructions for applying to the program are available on the How to Apply page.
  • Each year Urban Studies organizes a full array of public programming and colloquia around critical urban issues like the Maier State of Milwaukee Summit.
  • UWM is a premier R1 urban, research university with over 5000 graduate students and 21,000 undergraduates and is home to the Urban Affairs Association.


Video: Toni Johns, Urban Studies Master’s Degree Program

VIDEO: Milwaukee is the largest city in Wisconsin, with a beautiful lakefront, major league sports, awesome museums, many unique restaurants, shops, and more.

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Two interdisciplinary social science graduate programs led by 28 faculty from four schools and colleges across the following 10 departments: Africology, Architecture, Criminal Justice, Educational Policy and Community Studies, Geography, History, Political Science, Public and Nonprofit Administration, Sociology, and Urban Planning.

For more information, feel free to contact Dr. Jamie Harris, Urban Studies Associate Director at jmh@uwm.edu, or call (414) 229-4629.