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Master’s Degrees in Urban Studies

331 Yearly Graduations
$46,500 Median Salary
$41,000 Median Debt
A master's degree in urban studies is offered at 36 colleges in the United States. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 42% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 6.9% of urban studies graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Urban Studies Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 331 students earned their master's degree in urban studies. This earns it the #172 spot on the list of the most popular master's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in urban studies at 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

Earnings of Urban Studies Majors With Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in urban studies is $46,500. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $45,200 to a high of $46,600.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in urban studies is $41,000. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $41,000 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $35,400.

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The median monthly payment of a urban studies graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $478.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in urban studies. About 64.7% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 117
Women 214
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Urban Studies

The racial-ethnic distribution of urban studies master’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 10
Black or African American 76
Hispanic or Latino 36
White 163
International Students 23
Other Races/Ethnicities 23
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Urban Studies Master's Degree Students

There are 36 colleges that offer a master’s degree in urban studies. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Hunter College

New York, New York
55 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Hunter College tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for urban studies majors who are seeking their master's degree. Each year, around 23,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,090 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 55 people received their master's degree in urban studies from Hunter. Of these students, 60% were women and 38% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Queens College

Queens, New York
40 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
72% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Queens College comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in urban studies. Roughly 19,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,090 per year.

The urban studies program at Queens College awarded 40 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 82% were women and 72% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

The Graduate Center, CUNY

New York, New York
35 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
86% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for urban studies majors who are seeking their master's degree is The Graduate Center, CUNY. Roughly 8,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,930 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 35 master's degrees were handed out to urban studies majors at The Graduate Center. Of these students, 74% were women and 86% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts
30 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for urban studies majors who are seeking their master's degree is Tufts University. Roughly 11,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,324 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $52,724 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 30 master's degrees were handed out to urban studies majors at Tufts. About 67% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Georgia State University

Atlanta, Georgia
24 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Georgia State University is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in urban studies. Each year, around 35,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,158 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,164 per year.

The urban studies program at Georgia State University awarded 24 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 42% of this group were women, and 50% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland
19 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Maryland - College Park is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in urban studies. Roughly 40,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,824 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,158 per year.

The urban studies program at University of Maryland - College Park awarded 19 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 63% of this group were women, and 26% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia
17 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Virginia Commonwealth University comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in urban studies. Roughly 29,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,177 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,701 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 17 people received their master's degree in urban studies from VCU. Around 18% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 53% were women.

#8

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
14 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Boston University comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in urban studies. Each year, around 33,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,720 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $54,720 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 14 master's degrees were handed out to urban studies majors at Boston U. About 50% of this group were women, and 36% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Xavier University

Cincinnati, Ohio
9 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Xavier University comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in urban studies. Roughly 6,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $40,220 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,060 per year.

The urban studies program at Xavier University awarded 9 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 89% were women and 11% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Eastern University

Saint Davids, Pennsylvania
9 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Eastern University is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in urban studies. Roughly 3,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $33,304 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,050 per year.

The urban studies program at Eastern University awarded 9 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 33% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

#9

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, California
9 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of San Francisco is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in urban studies. Roughly 10,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,740 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $25,740 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 9 people received their master's degree in urban studies from USFCA. Of these students, 78% were women and 56% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

The New School

New York, New York
8 Yearly Graduations
62% Women

The New School comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in urban studies. Roughly 10,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,770 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,710 per year.

The urban studies program at The New School awarded 8 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#13

University of Delaware

Newark, Delaware
7 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Delaware is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in urban studies. Roughly 23,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,730 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $34,164 per year.

The urban studies program at University of Delaware awarded 7 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 43% were women and 29% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah
6 Yearly Graduations
17% Women

The 14th most popular school in the country for urban studies majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Utah. Roughly 32,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,412 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,211 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 people received their master's degree in urban studies from U of U.

#14

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois
6 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for urban studies majors who are seeking their master's degree is DePaul University. Roughly 22,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $40,551 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $19,584 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 people received their master's degree in urban studies from DePaul. Around 33% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

#16

Fordham University

Bronx, New York
5 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Fordham University is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in urban studies. Each year, around 16,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,980 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $34,608 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 people received their master's degree in urban studies from Fordham U. Of these students, 60% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

University of Central Oklahoma

Edmond, Oklahoma
5 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for urban studies majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Central Oklahoma. Each year, around 14,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,686 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,000 per year.

The urban studies program at University of Central Oklahoma awarded 5 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 40% of this group were women, and 40% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia
4 Yearly Graduations
50% Women

The 18th most popular school in the country for urban studies majors who are seeking their master's degree is Virginia Tech. Roughly 36,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,420 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,701 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 people received their master's degree in urban studies from Virginia Tech.

#18

Norfolk State University

Norfolk, Virginia
4 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

Norfolk State University is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in urban studies. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,752 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,820 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 people received their master's degree in urban studies from Norfolk State. About 100% of this group were women, and 100% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Portland State University

Portland, Oregon
4 Yearly Graduations
50% Women

Portland State University is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in urban studies. Roughly 25,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,462 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,718 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 master's degrees were handed out to urban studies majors at Portland State University.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to urban studies that offer master’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
International Relations & Security 4,818
Economics 4,391
Political Science & Government 1,984
Sociology 1,442
Geography & Cartography 1,192

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student 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 percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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