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Urban Studies

1,061 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
345 Master's Degrees Annually
#162 in Popularity
$87,950 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Urban Studies Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many urban studies graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 1,061
Master’s Degree 345
Doctor’s Degree 47
Graduate Certificate 40
Associate’s Degree 25
Basic Certificate 6

What Urban Studies Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to urban studies were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Urban Studies Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in urban studies should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Skills for Urban Studies Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to urban studies:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Urban Studies Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a urban studies student include the following:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

What Can You Do With a Urban Studies Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with urban studies:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Compliance Managers 8.0% $107,480
Investment Fund Managers 8.0% $107,480
Regulatory Affairs Managers 8.0% $107,480
Social Sciences Professors 9.8% $71,600
Urban and Regional Planners 12.8% $73,050

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies?

1,061 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
58% Percent Women
42% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 1,061 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in urban studies in 2018, making it rank #162 in popularity. The major attracts more women than men. About 58% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of urban studies majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Urban Studies Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 96
Black or African American 119
Hispanic or Latino 191
White 506
International Students 67
Other Races/Ethnicities 82

Geographic Diversity

Urban Studies appeals to people across the globe. About 6.3% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • South Korea
  • India
  • Canada
  • Hong Kong

How Much Do Urban Studies Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median early-career salary of urban studies students with a bachelor’s degree is $34,400 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $33,075 (25th percentile) and $35,500 (75th percentile).

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One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to urban studies.

Salaries According to BLS

Urban Studies majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $76,240 to $90,290 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with urban studies may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for urban studies careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 1.6%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 1.2%
Some College Courses 0.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 1.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 35.3%
Master’s Degree 42.6%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 1.1%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 2.6%
Doctoral Degree 14.1%

Online Urban Studies Programs

In 2017-2018, 120 schools offered a urban studies program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 4 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 2 0
Bachelor’s Degree 10 0
Post-Baccalaureate 4 0
Master’s Degree 35 0
Post-Master’s 4 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 13 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Urban Studies Worth It?

The median salary for a urban studies grad is $87,950 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 120% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $961,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to urban studies.

Major Number of Grads
Economics 47,528
Political Science & Government 44,651
Sociology 37,615
General Social Sciences 19,123
International Relations & National Security 14,908
Anthropology 12,008
Criminology 9,624
Geography & Cartography 8,717
Other Social Sciences 2,935
Sociology & Anthropology 499
Archeology 335
Demography & Population Studies 76
Rural Sociology 33

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