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.
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.