Master of Science in Urban Studies

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Ana Croegaert, Ph.D.,
Graduate Coordinator

The Master of Science in Urban Studies (MSUS) engages students in the interdisciplinary study of cities and the process of urbanization.  Subfields in anthropology, geography, urban planning, cultural resource management and historic preservation allow students the opportunity to experience  unique programs of study that incorporate the insights of the three departments and other UNO resources.  MSUS graduates work in historic preservation, cultural resource management, arts organizations, urban planning, public administration, government agencies, private corporations and non-profits.  The program also prepares students to pursue specialized research leading to a doctoral degree.

Degree Requirements

The MSUS program emphasizes an interdisciplinary course of study built around a core knowledge of urban literature and research methods. Following successful completion of the core courses, students develop their own curricula centering on a particular area or research interest that they will fully expand upon in their theses.  The flexibility of the MSUS program allows students to pursue career fields that are emerging and may not be covered in more structured and traditional masters programs.

MSUS Curriculum Outline and Student Advising Guidelines
Course Checklist


Anthropology SubfieldAnthropology
The subfield in anthropology is offered in conjunction with the UNO Department of Anthropology. Working with anthropologists enables students to bring qualitative research methods and the insights of cultural theory to the study of central questions in urban life.

Department of Anthropology

Geography SubfieldGeography
The subfield in geography is offered in conjunction with the UNO Department of Geography. Working with geographers, students approach fundamental questions about contemporary life through an understanding of spatial relationships and receive training in spatial analysis methods including GIS and remote sensing.

Department of Geography

Urban Planning and Historical Preservation SubfieldUrban Planning and Historic Preservation
The program also offers a subfield in urban planning and historic preservation.