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Master of Science in Urban Studies(MS)

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The Master of Science in Urban Studies (MS) 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.  MS 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 MS 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 MS program allows students to pursue career fields that are emerging and may not be covered in more structured and traditional masters programs.

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  • Anthropology SubfieldAnthropology
    The subfield in Urban Anthropology is offered in cooperation with the UNO Department of Anthropology.  Students develop knowledge in social theory and gain experience in qualitative research methods to study central issues in urban life with strengths in migration, work, food, globalization, expressive arts and visual cultures, inequality, and subculture formations.

  • cultural resource managementCultural Resource Management
    The subfield in Cultural Resource Management is offered in cooperation of the Department of Anthropology and is intended to introduce students to the field of heritage management, with a particular emphasis on archaeology in NHPA Section 106 and NEPA compliance. Students will develop practical skills related to the analysis and interpretation of data used in assessing impacts to historic resources, and the program will provide a theoretical foundation for students who which to continue their education in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, international cultural heritage, and cultural landscape preservation.
  • Historic PreservationHistoric Preservation
    The subfield in Historical Preservation is offered through the Department of Urban Planning and Urban Studies.  Students learn the techniques and develop the knowledge to champion and protect historic architecture, neighborhoods and landscapes in order to tell stories about our shared past and preserve irreplaceable architecture and material culture.  Through protecting our cultural landscapes, we preserve and share the memories of people, events and places that we value locally, nationally or even globally.
  • urbanUrban Planning
    The subfield in urban planning is offered through the Department of Planning and Urban Studies.  Students develop skills and knowledge to shape urban and regional change locally, throughout the country and around the globe, working in neighborhood revitalization, land use planning, economic development, transportation, housing and environmental planning.  Planners actively seek to balance historic preservation with growth and change.