Portland-State-University 2022-2023 Bulletin

Master of Urban Studies (M.U.S.)

The Master of Urban Studies provides training for students seeking employment in public and private urban research organizations.

The M.U.S. degree requires a total of 52 credits. M.U.S. students pursue a common core of courses dealing with the analysis of urban phenomena (21 credits). Each student also defines a field area which is pursued through coursework (25 credits) and individual research leading to a thesis (6 credits). In addition, the degree provides for a specialized option in social and policy research.

Core-area requirements

The urban core-area requirements for the M.U.S. degree include the following courses:


USP 613Urban Economic and Spatial Structure


USP 614History and Theory of Urban Studies


USP 617The Sociology and Politics of Urban Life


USP 630Research Design


USP 634Data Analysis I


USP 683Qualitative Analysis


Field-area requirements

The student selects a pattern of coursework that equips him or her for research in areas of applied interest. Field areas may focus on urban aspects of social science theory in one of the fields emphasized in the urban studies Ph.D. program or on a substantive issue of particular concern to the student. Relevant courses are available within the School of Urban Studies and Planning and in many other departments within the University. Twenty-five credits of field-area coursework are required.

Research requirements

The M.U.S. degree requires registration for 6 credits of USP 503 Thesis and completion of a formal thesis.