Master of Science in Urban Studies

Program Overview

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Welcome to the Master of Science in Urban Studies graduate program at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. Levin College is ranked among the top schools of Public Affairs. It has been ranked seventh in the specialization of City Management and Urban Policy and is the only ranked program in Ohio. Levin College is also ranked seventeenth in the specialization of Nonprofit Management in the 2016 edition of U.S. News and World Report's "Best Graduate Schools".

Our graduate programs feature a nationally recognized faculty with outstanding reputations in teaching, research, and public service. Our students are a diverse and interesting group, representing greater Cleveland and northeast Ohio, as well as other parts of the United States and the world.

Courses are scheduled to meet the needs of both full-time and part-time students, many of whom are also employed throughout the area. Our graduate programs offer a wide array of learning opportunities beyond the classroom, especially through graduate assistantships and internships where students gain practical experience, build professional networks, and enhance their opportunities for job placement and career advancement.

The Levin College offers courses in our state capital and in the nation's capital. Additionally graduate students have the opportunity to present their research not only in the classroom but also at professional and academic conferences, while working with faculty and staff in the research centers.

About the M.S. in Urban Studies Program

The Master of Science in Urban Studies program at Cleveland State University offers advanced training in urban studies to recent graduates, in-service professional and others wishing to pursue or advance careers in fields such as economic development, environmental affairs, and community organization management. The program prepares individuals to assume leadership roles in organizations, to analyze urban systems, and to develop creative and effective strategies for urban revitalization.

No single discipline adequately covers the broad spectrum of knowledge that the modern urban problem solver needs. Thus, the M.S. in Urban Studies draws on many disciplines to broaden and extend the student's knowledge and expertise through a combination of specially developed urban courses. Internships and other experiential training that add depth and scope to the program augment classroom knowledge.

The objective of the M.S. in Urban Studies is to educate students concerning theoretical perspectives and applied research methods useful for effective problem definition and problem solving. These skills enhance organizational capacity in attempting to define and solve complex urban problems. Special emphasis is placed on economic development, organizational leadership, law and public policy, urban ecology, and policy analysis.

Graduates of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs are working to make our cities a better place to live. They are employed in diverse areas such as government, economic development, investment banking, civil rights protection, regional planning, environmental policy, and community development.

Career Opportunities

Levin College graduates are employed in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Many of our graduates pursue careers in:

  • Local, State, and Federal Government
  • Economic Development
  • Health Care Management
  • Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis
  • Housing, Community and Neighborhood Revitalization
  • Environmental Advocacy/Management
  • Public Safety Management
  • Historic Preservation
  • Human Services and Resource Management
  • Urban Planning
  • Research
M.S. in Urban Studies / Master of Urban and Regional Planning
Cleveland State / Chung-Ang University Dual Degree Program

The Levin College of Urban Affairs and the Department of Regional Development, Chung-Ang University, Korea, offer a unique dual degree. Students can simultaneously earn the Master of Science in Urban Studies from Cleveland State University and the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) from Chung-Ang University. Both degrees can be earned in two-plus years of study, rather than three-plus years of study if earned separately. Students must be accepted by both universities under their individual admissions requirements. Credits toward the MURP are earned during residence in Korea. Visit the Chung-Ang dual degree webpage for more information. Interested students should consult with the Graduate Advisor (216) 523-7522.

Contact Information

Prospective students please contact:
Kristen Blazek, Coordinator of Student Recruitment
Office of Student Services
Schedule a visit to Levin College.
Telephone: (216) 687-4506 / E-mail: urbanprograms@csuohio.edu

Current students please contact:
Dave Arrighi, Levin College Graduate Advisor
Telephone: (216) 523-7522 / E-mail: d.arrighi@csuohio.edu

MSUS Program Director: Dr. Brian Mikelbank / Email: b.mikelbank@csuohio.edu

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