Ph.D. in Urban Studies Program

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The Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Studies degree program is an interdisciplinary program within the College of Liberal Arts, Education, and Human Development that 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 for pursuing careers in academic or to engage in advanced policy analysis and applied research outside of academic settings.  Upon successful completion of the program students will have mastered the literature and theory in a particular area of scholarship as well as the research skills necessary to make significant and original contributions in their respective fields.  Students enrolled in the program draw upon the expertise of faculty members working in the areas of anthropology, history, sociology, public administration, and planning, among others.


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

A detailed description of the Ph.D. in Urban Studies program-including information about scholarship and assistantship opportunity is available online at the link below.

Urban Studies Doctoral Program Handbook

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