Master of Interdisciplinary Studies in Urban Studies

About the Program

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The Urban Studies Institute at GSU, AYSPS focuses on research and teaching in urban studies locally and globally. Our research emphasizes cities as drivers of economic growth, the challenges of inclusive urban development & urban sustainability & resilience.

The world is becoming a smaller place and metropolitan areas dominate the global human landscape. It is where most people live (especially the young), where almost all new jobs are created, where affluence and deprivation coexist, and where innovation, planning, and politics are unavoidable parts of the dynamic scene.

Learning Objectives

1. Acquisition of knowledge of current and emerging urban issues, opportunities, and challenges in the U.S. and globally, particularly with regard to themes of economic resilience, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability;

2. Mastering skills to analyze complex urban questions;

3. Ability to conduct translational research with strong policy relevance.

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*Online applications must be submitted and all materials received by the deadline to be reviewed for admission.

Application Submission Instructions:

  • Create an account.
  • Start a new application.
    • Select application type: “Graduate Programs”
    • Click “Create an application”
    • Click “Open Application” to begin your application
  • On the “Program Selection” page:
    • Select College: “Interdisciplinary Studies – University Wide”
    • Select Program: “Interdisciplinary Studies; Master of Interdisciplinary Studies”
    • Select Concentration: “Urban Studies”

Application Requirements:

A completed application includes:

  1. Submitted Online Application. All online applications must be submitted by the deadline. The MIS can be found under “Interdisciplinary Studies – University Wide” for college. Paper applications are not available.
  2. Application fee:A nonrefundable fee of $50 is required for each application. This fee must be paid online by credit card.
  3. Goal statement: The goal statement is your opportunity to present yourself to the Graduate Admissions Committee. You should submit a short, typed statement of personal and professional goals as they relate to this program. Most applicants write approximately two typed pages, summarizing their work or academic experience, the reasons they have chosen this program, why they want to attend Georgia State University, faculty members with whom they might want to work, and how the degree fits with their long-term goals.
  4. Official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores:Official scores must be reported to institution code 5251 and received by GA State by the application deadline. More information can be found at our Admissions FAQ page or, to schedule the test, at If you want to be considered for a GRE waiver, you must review eligibility and apply here.
  5. TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores (International applicants only): All international applicants are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores.
  6. Two letters of recommendation: All letters should be submitted through the online application.
  7. Upload Transcripts from each post-secondary college/university attended:
    • Upload each transcript to the Academic History section of the online application before submitting your application -or- upload to your application status page under the Upload Materials section if your application has been submitted.
    • Review all requirements for submitting transcripts here.
    • Failure to follow these requirements will delay your application processing.

**Committees may occasionally request materials in addition to those listed above. You will be contacted if additional materials are necessary to complete a thorough review of your application.

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The program is structured as a MIS of 30 credit hours. The MIS in Urban Studies will prepare students for professional or academic careers with skills in urban studies, theory, analyzing complex challenges within urban environments, and the process of urbanization.

30 credit hours compromised of:

(1). 12 credits in required core courses:

  • Urban Theory & Praxis—URB 8010: The course teaches students to understand the conceptual dilemmas presented when analyzing ‘the urban’ and explore the insights by a variety of contemporary urban theoretical perspectives.
  • Global Urban Trajectories—URB 8020: The course compares and debates the main trajectories or pathways of cities, from past to present and future. In understanding the evolution of cities, historical and comparative global perspectives must be considered.
  • GIS Course - GEOG 6532 or PMAP 8561
  • Methods Course– PMAP 8121 or SOCI 8010

(2). 12 credits in electives- Elective Course Descriptions

(3). 6 credits in capstone experience:

Students will choose one of two capstone tracks, each amounting to six credit hours:

  • Research Track: Students choosing the research track will be able to complete a dual paper option. The two research papers (3 credit hours each), each supervised by USI core or affiliate faculty or by other faculty approved by the chair of the USI curriculum committee.
  • Professional Track: Students choosing the professional track have to meet two requirements: a masters project or research paper (3 credits) and an internship (3 credits). The project and internship must be pertinent to urban studies and requires approval by the chair of the USI curriculum committee.

Enrollment Schedule:

Year 1 

Fall  Spring
URB 8010 URB 8020
PMAP 8121 or SOCI 8010 Or PMAP 8121
GEOS 6532/ PMAP 8561 or GEOS 6532
Elective Elective

Year 2