Urban Studies is about average in terms of popularity for master's degrees programs. That is, it ranks #171 out of the 343 majors across the country that we analyze each year. As such, the degree program isn't offered at every college in the United States, but there are schools that do have a program in the field that are top-notch when it comes to quality.
College Factual looked at 21 colleges and universities when compiling its 2024 Best Urban Studies Master's Degree Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 351 master's degrees in urban studies to qualified students.
Choosing a Great Urban Studies School for Your Master's Degree
Your choice of urban studies for getting your master's degree school matters. Important measures of a quality urban studies program can vary widely even among the top schools. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:
Quality Overall Is Important
The overall quality of a master's degree school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we include a college's overall Best Colleges for a Master's Degree ranking which itself looks at a combination of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.
To determine the overall quality of a graduate school, one factor we look at is the average early-career salary of those receiving their master's degree from the school. This is because one of the main reasons people pursue their master's degree is to enable themselves to find better-paying positions.
Other Factors We Consider
The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.
Major Focus - How much a school focuses on urban studies students vs. other majors.
Major Demand - How many other urban studies students want to attend this school to pursue a master's degree.
Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
Student Debt - How much debt urban studies students go into to obtain their master's degree and how well they are able to pay back that debt.
Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized urban studies related body.
Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for urban studies students working on their master's degree.
When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Urban Studies Master's Degree Schools list to help you make the college decision.
Featured Urban Studies Programs
Learn about start dates, transferring credits, availability of financial aid, and more by contacting the universities below.
Tufts University is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a master's degree in urban studies. Located in the large suburb of Medford, Tufts is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population.
Master's recipients from the urban studies degree program at Tufts University earn $6,278 above the standard graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.
The Graduate Center, CUNY is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a master's degree in urban studies. The Graduate Center is a moderately-sized public school located in the large city of New York.
Those urban studies students who get their master's degree from The Graduate Center, CUNY earn $9,521 more than the average urban studies student.
The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).