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Our community. Your future.

Northeastern is a university that empowers—cultivating a drive to make a difference in the greater community. Here, our students work hard and maximize their opportunities inside and outside of the classroom.

Our Urban Community Studies program will help you build upon a foundation of experience and skills to propel your career forward. The program places intense emphasis on preparing students for scholar/activist work that addresses the interests and issues of urban residents, particularly communities of color. Our dedicated faculty and multi-layered approach combine theory, research and practice so that graduates have the knowledge and qualities needed to make a difference in society.

“The Urban Community Studies program not only focuses on theory, but also emphasizes putting that theory into practice. The department and all of the professors genuinely want to see you succeed and they want to help.”


Alexandria Harris, U.C.S. student

Why a Urban Community Studies, M.A.?

Convenient Schedules

With courses offered at NEIU’s Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, students can take advantage of small class sizes for personalized attention, and convenient evening and weekend classes. The Carruthers Center is situated in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville neighborhood.

Competitive Value

Our Urban Community Studies program demonstrates quality and offers an outstanding return on investment. Our tuition is among the most affordable in the Chicago area. We are Illinois’ top regional public university for social mobility—or moving graduates up the socioeconomic ladder—according to U.S. News & World Report.

Diverse Community

Northeastern ranks among the most ethnically diverse institutions in the country, and the University’s Carruthers Center has long served as a prominent hub for urban activism and scholarship. Students can take advantage of resources in and around the Center to make a difference in the classroom and the community.