48 months
29754 USD/year
29754 USD/year
13922 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Urban Studies program is an interdisciplinary course of study at Wayne State University in which students gain a firm grounding in knowledge about cities and metropolitan areas, their history and spatial patterns, social, economic, and political life, and their greatest challenges and opportunities.


We study cities around the world as well as in our own backyard to understand city life and find solutions to urban problems. Classes examine cities and their regions in historical context and in an international and comparative manner. 

Students in the Urban Studies program at Wayne State University will examine economic, political and cultural concerns, and explore practical solutions to current urban problems. As a highly interdisciplinary program, students are required to take courses in at least five separate disciplines, but may, with elective requirements, take courses in many more disciplines.

The urban studies bachelor's degree prepares students for:

  • Advanced training in traditional academic disciplines, or professional activities with an urban orientation
  • Advanced training in specialized academic disciplines with urban foci, including law, public administration, and urban planning
  • Wide variety of vocations present in an urban setting
  • Citizenship in an urban world

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Urban Studies
  • Introduction to Urban Politics and Policy
  • Introductory Urban Geography
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • Cities and Regions
  • Urban and Regional Economics
  • Urban Studies Senior Capstone Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • High school or secondary school academic perfomance
  • ACT or SAT score (required for automatic merit scholarship consideration by Undergraduate Admissions
  • Rigor of high school curriculum
  • Meeting Wayne State's English proficiency requirements
  • Any other supporting documentation requested

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29754 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29754 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    29754 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29754 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    13922 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13922 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Detroit

1050 - 1770 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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