The Urban Community Studies graduate program places intense emphasis on preparing students for scholar/activist work that addresses the interests and issues of urban residents, particularly communities of color. Located in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville neighborhood, the program is centered on the in-depth examination and analysis of social, cultural, economic and institutional structures that impact urban communities. The Urban Community Studies graduate program uses ethnographic data collection and other action based research methodologies to examine and analyze the multiplicity of research issues, assumptions, and questions about urban communities. The aim of this approach is to forge culturally relevant understandings of human relationships in the Chicago metropolitan area and worldwide.

Credit hours required: 30

Admission Information

The program admits students for the fall and spring semesters.

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Program Benefits

The Master of Arts in Urban Community Studies prepares students to be scholar/activists related to issues affecting urban areas.

Through the program students will:

  • Examine the historical, political, economic, social and cultural forces that impact the current trends and development of local, national, and global urban communities.
  • Use ethnographic data collection and other action based research methodologies to examine people and processes in urban communities.
  • Comprehensively examine theories, concepts, and philosophies related to urban communities.
  • Demonstrate in writing and orally an in-depth understanding of urban issues by developing a culturally relevant thesis.

Career Options

The Urban Community Studies graduate program prepares students to acquire employment in administrative and executive positions in urban educational, human and social service agencies.

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information

Take a closer look at the Master of Arts in Urban Community Studies and the courses offered toward the degree.

Urban Community Studies, M.A.

Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies at (773) 442-5517.

Educational Inquiry & Curriculum Studies

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