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Ph.D. in Urban Studies Program

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PhD Coordinator:
David Gladstone

The Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Studies degree is an interdisciplinary program within the College of Liberal Arts. This program of study enables students of exceptional ability to undertake advanced study and original research in the fields of Urban Affairs, Urban History, Urban Planning and Urban Anthropology. The program's mission is to prepare students for careers in scholarly activity, applied research, and policy analysis. The Ph.D. in Urban Studies program provides graduates with a solid foundation from which to develop policy and conduct applied research outside of academic settings and for teaching and research in colleges and universities.

Students will master the literature and theory in a particular area of scholarship, and master the research skills necessary to make significant and original contributions in the respective fields. Program Faculty members in the areas of anthropology, history, sociology, and planning provide students guidance from research concept through graduation. The Department of Planning and Urban studies serves as the Program host and coordinates activities under the direction of the Ph.D. Executive Committee.

University Admissions and Program Application

You will need to create an account in order to start the application,enter personal, citizenship and contact information, choose the appropriate academic program and intended term of admission, list your previous university education, degrees and degree dates, enter residency data, list any awards received, your GPA and GRE scores (all official transcripts and official scores must be sent to UNO), upload a statement of purpose, a resume/CV, writing sample and any publications/presentations, enter the names and contact information for the three persons who will submit letters of recommendation for you (academic references are preferred) and pay the application fee


Students who are re-applying to the Program must contact Dr. David Gladstone Ph.D. Program Coordinator for
re-application requirements.

Graduate School/University Scholarships

If you are interested in applying for a University Scholarship, through the Graduate School, you must submit a scholarship application to the PhD Program in Urban Studies. You must submit a writing sample that describes your planned study and qualification for the scholarship. This statement is different from the personal statement provided to the Program.  Additional information about Graduate Scholarships can be found on the Graduate School website. The 2014 Scholarship application will be posted in late fall. Please review the PLUS website or contact the Program in October for additional documentation.

Doctoral Program Handbook

Urban Studies Doctoral Program Handbook

Please contact the Ph.D. Graduate Coordinator for previous versions of the Urban Studies Doctoral Program Handbook.