Master of Science in Urban Studies(MS)

The Master of Science in Urban Studies (MS) Program engages students in the interdisciplinary study of cities and the process of urbanization.  Subfields in anthropology, cultural resource management, historic preservation, and urban planning allow students the opportunity to pursue unique programs of study that draw upon the resources of multiple departments and a diverse group of faculty members at the University of New Orleans.  MS graduates work in the areas of historic preservation, cultural resource management and the arts, urban planning, public administration, and government.  The program also prepares students to pursue specialized research leading to a doctoral degree in urban studies or related fields such as urban planning, anthropology, sociology, and hospitality management.

Degree Requirements

The MS program is an interdisciplinary course of study built around a core knowledge of urban literature and research design and methods.  Following successful completion of the core courses, students develop their own curricula centering on a particular area of research interest that they will expand upon in their thesis research or additional coursework.  The Flexibility of the MS program allows students to pursue emergent career fields that may not be covered in more structured and traditional master's degree programs.

MSUS Curriculum Outline and Student Advising Guidelines
Course Checklist


  • Anthropology SubfieldUrban Anthropology
    The subfield in Urban Anthropology is offered in cooperation with the UNO Department of Anthropology and Sociology.  Students develop specialized knowledge in anthropological and social theory as well as in qualitative research methods that equip them to both frame questions and carry out research pertinent to many facets of urban life including but not limited to migration, work, food, globalization, expressive arts and visual cultures, and inequality in both the Global North and Global South.

  • cultural resource managementCultural Resource Management
    The subfield in Cultural Resource Management is offered in cooperation of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology and introduces students to the field of heritage management, with a particular emphasis on archaeology.  Students develop both a theoretical foundation and the practical skills related to the analysis and interpretation of data used in assessing impacts to historic cultures and resources.  The program provides a theoretical foundation for students who wish to continue their education in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, cultural heritage, and cultural landscape preservation, among other fields.

  • Historic PreservationHistoric Preservation
    The subfield in Cultural Resource Management is offered through the Department of Planning and Urban Studies.  Students learn the techniques and develop the knowledge to champion and protect historic architecture, neighborhoods, and landscapes in order to preserve irreplaceable architecture and material culture and tell stories about a shared past.  Through working to protect cultural landscapes, graduates of the program can preserve and share the memories of people, events and places that they and others value at the local, national, or even global levels.

  • urbanUrban Planning
    The subfield in urban planning is offered through the Department of Planning and Urban Studies.  Students develop the requisite skills and knowledge to shape urban and regional  areas such as neighborhood revitalization, land use planning, economic development, transportation, disaster management and recovery, and housing and environmental planning.  Planners actively seek to balance historic and cultural preservation with growth and urban change.