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Urban Studies

1,102 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
331 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 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 1,102
Master’s Degree 331
Graduate Certificate 149
Doctor’s Degree 38
Associate’s Degree 20
Basic Certificate 7

What Urban Studies Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to urban studies and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Urban Studies Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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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

A major in urban studies prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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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

Urban Studies majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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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?

People with a urban studies degree often go into the following careers:

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?

1,102 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
58% Percent Women
44% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 1,102 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in urban studies in 2019, 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 91
Black or African American 140
Hispanic or Latino 190
White 526
International Students 63
Other Races/Ethnicities 92

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Urban Studies, too. About 5.7% 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

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

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We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to urban studies so take that into consideration.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $76,240 to $90,290 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to urban studies. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

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 careers associated with urban studies require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. 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 2018-2019, 126 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 11 0
Post-Baccalaureate 4 0
Master’s Degree 36 1
Post-Master’s 4 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 12 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 48,297
Political Science & Government 47,035
Sociology 37,611
General Social Sciences 19,694
International Relations & National Security 15,207
Anthropology 11,703
Criminology 9,783
Geography & Cartography 8,673
Other Social Sciences 2,729
Sociology & Anthropology 543
Archeology 364
Demography & Population Studies 77
Rural Sociology 36

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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