M.Ed. On Campus

Learning, Diversity, and Urban Studies

12 months
2150 USD/credit 66650 USD/year
2150 USD/credit 66650 USD/year
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Understand the complex ways in which diversity influences learning both inside and outside the classroom with the Learning, Diversity, and Urban Studies program of Vanderbilt University.


The Learning, Diversity, and Urban Studies program of Vanderbilt University is a 1-year master’s program centered on:

  • Developing visions for community leadership, advocacy, and action
  • Promoting equity and justice in educational contexts
  • Inserting underrepresented voices into the public arena and national policy dialogues

At the heart of the program is the understanding that one acts thoughtfully in the world and that one’s actions alter the world, requiring continuous response and learning.

The Learning, Diversity, and Urban Studies program offers highly individualized preparation for students who seek advanced graduate preparation for studying urban learning settings. Our curriculum for the Learning, Diversity, and Urban Studies program is structured around three central themes:

  • Learning focuses on designing learning environments that draw on research on how people learn and ways designers can capitalize on diversity to enhance learning.
  • Diversity builds knowledge about the nature and definition of diversity and how it affects groups, systems, and scholarly inquiry.
  • Urban Studies explores the complex interactions among individuals, groups, and the various systems that make up the contexts of inner-city schools, metropolitan regions, and neighborhoods.

You can expect to understand educational practice in urban settings more richly and more responsibly through this program. You’ll be prepared to practice this renewed understanding in settings such as social service agencies, media organizations, or public schools—or in academic and policy settings by pursuing research.


There is a unique opportunity to develop a specialization that suits your research interest and needs. Possible concentrations include:

  • Poverty and Intervention
  • Language, Literacy, and Culture
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Race and Culture
  • Learning in Community and Nonprofit Settings
  • Queer Pedagogy and Practice
  • General Education: Math, English, Social Studies, and Science
  • STEM

While in the program, you will also have many opportunities take part in community events and engage with influencers and leading experts in diversity and urban studies issues. Some examples of past engagement include participating in TEDx Vanderbilt, presenting at the Critical Race Studies in Education National Conference, and collaborating with high-profile speakers through the Peabody College Dean’s Diversity Lecture Series.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Learning, Diversity, and Urban Studies Seminar
  • Inquiry into Contexts
  • Internship in Learning, Diversity, and Urban Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


31 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Submitted online application
    • Transcript(s) from prior undergraduate and graduate work. 
    • Two letters of recommendation are required, three preferred for our master's programs.
    • Statement of purpose
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
    • International applicants must submit all of the above, plus the following: TOEFL or IELTS scores are required of all international applicants

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    66650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2150 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    66650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2150 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Nashville

1183 - 2197 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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