MSUS At A Glance

Master of Science in Urban Studies

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The Levin College is ranked 2nd in the nation in Urban Policy.

The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University is recognized as one of the best public affairs colleges in the nation according to US News & World Report. Levin is ranked 2nd in the US in the specialty of Urban Planning and Policy, and maintains strong standings in the specialties of Local Government ManagementNonprofit Management, and Public Management and Leadership.


The Master of Science in Urban Studies program prepares students to assume leadership roles in organizations, to analyze urban systems, and to develop creative and effective strategies for urban revitalization.

The MS in Urban Studies program educates students on theoretical perspectives and applied research methods useful for effectively solving complex urban problems. This program offers a wide array of learning opportunities beyond the classroom, especially through graduate assistantships and internships where students gain practical experience, build professional networks, and enhance their opportunities for job placement and career advancement.

No single discipline adequately covers the broad spectrum of knowledge that the modern urban problem solver needs. Thus, the coursework draws on many disciplines to broaden and extend the student's knowledge and expertise, with curriculum in the following areas:

  • Research design and program evaluation
  • Public policy and analysis
  • Community and neighborhood development
  • Public finance and economics
  • Regional theory and analysis
  • Urban ecology and environmental sustainability
  • Housing policy and real estate development
  • Economic and workforce development
  • Organizational leadership
  • Managing urban diversity

The MS in Urban Studies program is comprised of 38 credit hours, including core courses, an area of specialization or electives, and a capstone. View the MS curriculum sheet to learn more.

Our mentoring program, internships, and additional networking opportunities enhance professional development, augment the student experience, and help advance careers.


Careers in Urban Affairs

According to Forbes, careers related to urban studies, are among the fastest growing occupations in the US.

Graduates of the MS in Urban Studies program are working to make our cities a better place to live, and are well-prepared for leadership roles in diverse areas such as economic development, community development, regional planning, government, investment banking, and civil rights protection. Some of our graduates who are interested in research go on to pursue doctoral degrees. Our graduates find sustainable careers in:

  • Community development, housing, and neighborhood revitalization
  • Economic and workforce development
  • Program evaluation and policy analysis
  • Local, state, and federal government
  • Healthcare management
  • Public safety management
  • Human services and resource management
  • Urban planning
  • Urban research


Streamlined Application Process and Courses that Fit Your Schedule

Application fees are waived for spring 2022 applicants!

Levin’s graduate programs are designed to accommodate part-time, mid-career students, as well as full-time students. Courses are offered primarily during the evenings. Full-time students can complete their graduate degree in two academic years.


Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships

The Levin College offers graduate assistantship opportunities and over thirty dedicated scholarships for Levin students. Graduate assistantships are competitive, providing a stipend and potential tuition support to qualified students.


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