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Urban Studies 

Portland State University

Master On Campus
24 months
671 USD/credit
671 USD/credit
444 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Master of Urban Studies program at Portland State University is a 52-credit graduate program that gives students skills to study and interpret urban phenomena from a variety of viewpoints, also suitable for employment by public agencies, private firms, and non-profit organizations.

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Since the core curriculum of the MUS program at Portland State University mirrors that of the Urban Studies Ph.D. program, MUS students can make a relatively easy transition into the doctoral program, if they apply and are accepted. In any case, the MUS program is academically focused on researching the urban environment.

The programme

Students in this program delve into such things as problems associated with growing social and economic inequalities between different places and population groups within the metropolitan region; environmental problems related to the prevailing pattern of urbanization; and the lack of effective institutions of regional governance.

The program explores these issues from multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary points of view. Through participation in classes and seminars, and supervised research and teaching activities, M.U.S. graduates generally work in applied research and community-based advocacy settings.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Urban Economic and Spatial Structure
  • History and Theory of Urban Studies
  • Sociology and Politics of Urban Life
  • Research Design
  • Data Analysis
  • Qualitative Analysis
  • Urban Studies Seminar

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




52 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Transcript(s):
  •  Statement of Purpose:
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume/CV: A current resume or CV listing work and educational background.
  • GRE Scores: GRE scores, taken within 5 years, are required. Please report your scores on the application. GRE scores should be sent to PSU using code 4610. You will also have an option to upload a copy of your GRE score into the online application system. Please note that you should make arrangements to take the GRE well in advance of the application deadline.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    671 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 671 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    671 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 671 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    444 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 444 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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