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What will I learn?

The Urban Studies PhD program is a unique interdisciplinary doctoral program designed to prepare students for research and scholarship on urban society. The Program is based on the assumption that those who choose to examine the complex problems of the city must be literate in many different research methodologies, conversant with theories of urban development, and knowledgeable about the historical and sociological foundations of urban life. By utilizing scholars from a variety of urban-related disciplines, the Urban Studies PhD Program offers comprehensive training in urban research that is not possible in traditional PhD programs.

The core curriculum of the USP PhD program includes sequences in urban social structure, methods of urban research, and theories of urban development. Students devote 3 of their courses to an area of concentration among the 10-plus specializations that are offered.

Students with deficiencies in these areas may be admitted with additional course requirements in order to satisfy these prerequisites. Students with advanced degrees outside the social sciences, such as law, will also be considered.

Career Opportunities

Students completing the program are prepared for positions in a variety of governmental and private agencies as well as for academic positions in disciplines that are related to urban studies. Some students seek the Ph.D. degree to gain greater employment mobility within their present occupations. Others wish to explore new professional opportunities after graduation.

Which department am I in?

College of Letters and Science

Study options

Full Time (33 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$25,876.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected October 2021

Start date

24 January 2022


College of Letters and Science

2442 E Hartford Avenue,



53211, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants for admission to the UWM Graduate School must have the following: A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent as determined by the UWM Centre on International Education, from a regionally accredited institution, completed before the first term of enrolment in the Graduate School. Students applying to approved integrated bachelor’s/master’s programs are exempt from this requirement, A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, or an equivalent measure on a grading system that does not use a 4.0 scale.

For international students

The ideal candidate for admission to the program will have a master’s degree in a social science or related field.

English proficiency requirement: TOEFL IBT - 79 – 120; IELTS - 6.5 - 9.0; Cambridge English Advanced/Cambridge English Proficiency - C1 level or higher.

PRIORITY Deadlines: FALL SEMESTER - January 5; SPRING SEMESTER - October 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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