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Students in the Ph.D. Urban Studies program from Portland State University apply a variety of social science perspectives to the analysis of the growth and development of metropolitan areas, states, and regions. 

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To augment the core Ph.D. course requirements, these doctoral students pursue two of the following specializations: Planning, Community Development, Economic Development, Environment, Gerontology, Social Demography, or Transportation.

The Ph.D. Urban Studies program from Portland State University explores these issues from multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary points of view.

Regional Science brings a variety of social science perspectives to bear in analyzing the growth and development of metropolitan areas, states, and regions. The regional science program shares the same core requirements as the Urban Studies Ph.D. Beyond these, students in regional science design a program around two field areas.

The first field should be Transportation or Economic Development unless an alternate field is approved by the student's committee. The second field should emphasize methodology and coursework specific to Regional Science. This field will be developed by the student and advisory committee.


Master of Urban Studies graduates generally work in applied research and community-based advocacy settings. Some MUS students also choose to continue their studies in the Urban Studies Ph.D. program. Since the core curriculum of the MUS program mirrors that of the Urban Studies Ph.D. program, MUS students can make a relatively easy transition into the doctoral program.

Through participation in classes and seminars, and supervised research and teaching activities, Ph.D. students are prepared for careers in institutions of higher education and in research organizations. Our graduates pursue academic and professional careers, most often in the fields of applied social research.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Urban Economic and Spatial Structure
  • History and Theory of Urban Studies
  • The Sociology and Politics of Urban Life
  • Research Design
  • Data Analysis 
  • Qualitative Analysis
  • Urban Studies Seminar

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99 SCH


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Academic requirements

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General requirements

  • To be considered for regular admission, applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or the equivalent (on the U.S. 4.0 scale) from the degree granting institution(s). Applicants who have earned 9 or more letter-graded graduate credits must have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 or the equivalent; this graduate GPA supersedes the undergraduate GPA. 
  • Copies of official degree certificate/diploma
  • Certified translation of transcripts
  • Financial documentation demonstrating adequate financial support for at least the first year of study

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    67617 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 683 USD per credit
  • National

    67617 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 683 USD per credit
  • In-State

    45144 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 456 USD per credit

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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