Urban Studies

University of Nebraska Omaha

24 months
16020 USD/year
16020 USD/year
7138 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The modern world is increasingly an urban world. Urban Studies seeks to understand the physical, social, economic, demographic, political, and environmental implications of urbanization and urbanism.


The MS in Urban Studies is an interdisciplinary degree program offered through the School of Public Administration. As UNO is a comprehensive, metropolitan university, the MS in Urban Studies helps fulfill the urban mission of UNO.

Contemporary society doesn’t function on its own. Leaders must prepare to face challenging questions and guide it. The School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) is home to nationally known faculty whose dedication prepares tomorrow’s leaders to manage organizations, plan cities, protect natural resources, hold elected office and ensure access to human services.

The School of Public Administration, located on the UNO campus, is a national leader in public service education, with five of its programs ranked in the nation’s top 25 by U.S. News & World Report. To learn more about the School of Public Administration's national rankings, please visit National Rankings.

If you think public service is in your future, you’ll find that our diverse programming can complement your interests and provide a strong orientation to the field.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Seminar in Urban Studies

  • Analysis and Decision Making

  • The Public Economy

  • Race, Ethnicity and American Urban Culture

  • Geographic Information Systems I

  • Introduction to Urban Planning

  • Community Organizing and Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




37 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

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Program-Specific Requirements

  • The general prerequisite for admission to the Urban Studies program is a four-year bachelors’ degree with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the junior and senior years combined (last 50-60 credit hours). Under extenuating circumstances an average below 3.0 will be considered.
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • A two-page typed essay on how the Master of Science in Urban Studies will further the applicant’s career objectives must be included with the application for admission
  • Resume

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16020 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16020 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    16020 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16020 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    7138 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7138 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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