Jun 18, 2024  
Graduate Catalog 2023 - 2024 
    
Graduate Catalog 2023 - 2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Urban Studies, MS


Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs

https://levin.csuohio.edu/msus/msus

Areas of Study

1. Urban Studies Track

  • Economic Development
  • Public Finance
  • Urban Real Estate Development
  • Community and Neighborhood Development
  • Urban and Public Policy

2. Diversity Leadership and Change Management Track

  • Public Administration
  • Nonprofit Management
  • For-Profit Change Management
  • International Business/Cultural Differences

Introduction

The MSUS program offers advanced training in urban studies to recent undergraduate-degree recipients, practitioners already working in the field, and returning students who wish to pursue careers in public, not-for-profit, or private service. No single discipline adequately covers the broad spectrum of knowledge that the modern urban problem solver needs. Thus, the program draws on many disciplines to broaden and extend the student’s knowledge and expertise through a combination of specially developed urban core courses, research seminars, and electives. It is an interdisciplinary program drawing on resources and faculty from a variety of disciplines, colleges, and departments. Classroom knowledge can be augmented by internships and other experiential training that add scope to the program.

Students may choose an Urban Studies or a Diversity Leadership and Change Management Track. Students may decide their track as early as the application process, but no later than taking classes beyond the MS Core. They will consult with a graduate advisor to select their track and coursework.

In the Urban Studies Track, special emphasis is placed on economic development, public finance, law and public policy, community and neighborhood development, and urban policy analysis. The objective of the US Track is to educate students to the major theoretical perspectives and applied research methods useful for effective problem definition and problem solving. These skills enhance organizational capacity in attempting to define, analyze, and solve urban problems.

In the Diversity Leadership and Change Management Track, a special emphasis is placed on enhancing organizational and individual performance by promoting practices that foster inclusivity and promote the wealth of opportunities, benefits and outcomes realized through diversity.  Appropriate for practitioners of all stages in their careers, the program will guide students through practical experiences, self-reflection, and theoretically grounded research.  The objective is to equip students to grow personally and professionally into culturally competent leaders with the tools to lead and enact change. They will be able to think systemically and identify opportunities to partner with other like-minded change agents at all levels of organizations and the community.

For updated information about the MS in Urban Studies program, visit https://levin.csuohio.edu/msus/msus.

Faculty Research and Publications

Urban Studies Track faculty members conduct research in the areas of housing, economic development, environmental policy and planning, historic preservation, neighborhood and community development, social policy, conflict resolution, public finance, and urban management.

Diversity Leadership and Change Management Track faculty belong to several schools and departments in addition to Urban Affairs, including Social Work, Communication, Business, and Education, with respective research interests.

Current faculty information can be located on the Cleveland State University Faculty Profile page.

Research Units

Students have the opportunity to work with the faculty and staff in the research, public-service, and training centers of the Levin College of Public Affairs and Education and The Diversity Institute. See https://levin.csuohio.edu/research/research for information on facilities.

Financial Assistance

For fullest consideration, GA applicants should submit the School of Urban Affairs GA application and be admitted with degree-seeking status by February 15.

Student employment opportunities are available to eligible degree-seeking students. Internship information is available through the Public Affairs Student Services Center and student employment information is available through the CSU Office of Career Development and Exploration.

Career Information

The School of Urban Affairs, through the Public Affairs Student Services Center and the faculty, provides a variety of services related to career planning to help students and graduates find employment related to their program of study. Current job postings are maintained on the Levin College website. Cleveland State’s Office of Career Development and Exploration also provides graduate students and alumni with career advice and career development assistance, including resume review.

Graduates of the Urban Studies Track hold a variety of positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The alumni roster includes elected officials, directors of local development corporations and other nonprofit organizations, real estate redevelopment entrepreneurs and program planners and managers working in a broad spectrum of urban organizations.

Graduates of the Diversity Leadership and Change Management Track are qualified to hold a variety of positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.  Positions include but are not limited to: Chief Diversity Officer, Diversity Consultant, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, and Equity & Inclusion Director.

Admission Information

Applicants to the Master of Science in Urban Studies Program must meet the minimum requirements established by the College of Graduate Studies and the MS program faculty:

  1. A minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0.
  2. Two letters of recommendation, using the Recommendation Form for Graduate Admission.
  3. A current resume.
  4. A personal statement of purpose (maximum of 1000 words), detailing your academic background and interests, your motivation for pursuing the MSUS, and your post-graduation plans.
  5. A professional or academic writing sample.
  6. Non-native English speakers must demonstrate English-language proficiency as indicated under “Admission Requirements for International Students and Permanent Residents” in the Admissions  section of this catalog.

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Types of Admission

The academic status of a graduate degree-seeking applicant is determined after a review of admission credentials. Graduate Program Committees, in concurrence with the Office of Graduate Admissions, may recommend admission of applicants as regular or conditional graduate students. Please refer to the Admissions  section of this catalog for information on admission categories.

Admission for CSU Honors College Graduates

The School of Urban Affairs offers expedited admissions for students graduating through Cleveland State University’s Honors College. Interested students should contact the Graduate Programs Coordinator (urbanprograms@csuohio.edu) for details. 

Degree Requirements


Thirty-five to thirty-eight credit hours is needed to complete degree requirements. Students must meet all University requirements and must attain a 3.0 or better grade-point average.

Students are required to complete a common core curriculum and an area of specialization with the advice and consent of their faculty advisor.

MS Core Courses


The core of the MS in Urban Studies curriculum is required of all students and consists of the following:

Prerequisite


UST 504  is a prerequisite for UST 601 , or placement via UST 504  assessment exam.

Tracks


Students select one of two tracks: Urban Studies (US) or Diversity Leadership and Change Management (DLCM), to be chosen in consultation with an advisor. Tracks consist of required courses, elective(s), and a capstone course or thesis. Please see the Graduate Advisor for specific curriculum plans.

Urban Studies Track


Areas of Specialization

In the Urban Studies Track, students complete an area of specialization to be chosen in consultation with an advisor. Specializations consist of required courses, elective(s), and a capstone course or thesis. The areas of specialization are given below. Please see the Graduate Advisor for specific curriculum plans.

Economic Development

Public Finance

Urban Real Estate Development

Community and Neighborhood Development

Urban and Public Policy

Generalist

Choose 20 credit hours of electives with approval of the Program Director. Students may select courses in the areas of economic development, environment, law and public policy, organizational leadership, urban policy analysis, and urban services administration.

Those students whose needs are not met with one of the five areas of specialization listed above may design individual programs of study in consultation with their advisor and with the approval of the Program Director. Examples of individually designed programs of study include Housing and Comparative Urban Studies.

Exit Requirements

All candidates for the Master of Science in Urban Studies degree must complete a thesis or capstone. Generally, students may not register for thesis/capstone credit until they have completed the core courses and the required courses in their area of specialization.

Thesis

Before registering for thesis credit, a student must select a thesis advisor from the Urban Studies faculty. In conjunction with the advisor, the student then selects a thesis committee. The committee consists of at least three members, all of whom must be members of the Graduate Faculty. The committee’s function is to advise and assist the student in writing and research and to formally approve the thesis once it has been successfully completed.

Students selecting the thesis option should familiarize themselves with the regulations and procedures of the College of Graduate Studies.

Capstone

The capstone seminar provides a final experience for MS in Urban Studies students. Students are expected to prepare and defend a capstone paper reflecting their understanding of a specialization field.

Internship

An internship is not required; however, students without related work experience are encouraged to seek an internship placement. Paid and unpaid internships are arranged through the Department of Urban Studies. Interested students may receive elective credit for internship work.

Diversity Leadership and Change Management (DLCM) Track


The core of the MS in Urban Studies and the Diversity Leadership and Change Management Track curriculum is required of all students and consists of the following:

Content Area Courses

Take two classes: one from Organizational Change and one from Social Psychology

Areas of Specialization

Specializations available in the Diversity Leadership and Change Management Track are Public Administration, Non-profit Management, For-profit Management and International Business/Cultural Differences

Exit Requirements

All candidates for the Master of Science in Urban Studies: Diversity Leadership and Change Management Track degree must complete a capstone (DIV 692 ). Generally, students may not register for capstone credit until they have completed the core courses and the required courses in their area of specialization.