Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Urban Affairs 231
David Arrighi, 216-523-7522
Helen Liggett, Ph.D., Program Director
Areas of Study
Urban Policy and Development
The Ph.D. program in Urban Studies and Public Affairs integrates urban-related knowledge from a number of academic disciplines. Through disciplinary integration, doctoral students analyze, design, test, and evaluate strategies for urban policy-making and management within the public and private sectors. The program is offered jointly by Cleveland State University and the University of Akron. Students may matriculate at either campus and schedule course work at both institutions to take advantage of the diversity of faculty backgrounds and approaches.
Ph.D. Mission and Goals
The mission is to prepare scholars for research, teaching, and reflective practice in positions related to urban studies and public affairs in universities or public-policy organizations. The goals of the program are:
- To graduate scholars who possess a strong methodological foundation within the field of urban studies and public affairs together with an in-depth knowledge that enables them to recognize, identify, and articulate the frontiers of scholarship in a specialization.
- To graduate scholars able to construct, execute, and present scholastically sound, independent research of either a theoretical or applied nature that expands the frontiers of knowledge within the field of urban studies and public affairs.
For updated Ph.D. program information, visit http://urban.csuohio.edu/academics/graduate/phd/.
Current faculty information can be located on the Cleveland State University Faculty Profile page.
The Ph.D. program awards graduate assistantships on a competitive basis to students with superior academic records. Graduate assistantships are designed both to serve the needs of the Levin College and to assist in the professional development of the student. Assistantships are regarded as apprenticeships, during which students interact with academics and practitioners through classroom and applied instruction, research, and administrative experiences to become more effective members of their fields. Graduate assistants are required to spend twenty hours per week in their apprenticeships.
Students are admitted to the Ph.D. program in Urban Studies in the fall semester only. Students entering the program with a master’s degree are expected to have a grade-point average of 3.5 or better. Both undergraduate and graduate grade-point averages are considered in determining eligibility for admission. Cleveland State also permits students with bachelor’s degrees to enter the program. Bachelor entry-level students must have achieved at least a 3.5 grade-point average in their undergraduate work.
Applicants are expected to have earned a minimum combined 50th percentile on the quantitative and verbal sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), plus at least a 4.0 on the analytical writing section. In addition to the application requirements of the College of Graduate Studies, an applicant must submit three letters of recommendation, a writing sample, preferably a recently graded research paper, and a statement of purpose for seeking a Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Public Affairs. The application deadline is January 31. Submit all materials to Campus 411 All-In-One.
Non-native English speakers who do not have an earned bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited U.S. institution must demonstrate proof of English-language proficiency as indicated in this bulletin under “Admission Requirements for International Students and Permanent Residents”.
Apply Now: http://www.csuohio.edu/gradcollege/admissions/apply.html