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Urban Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Los Angeles, CA, United States
The Urban Studies program of Loyola Marymount University will provide you with an understanding of cities, the processes of urbanization, and urban life and society that will serve you well no matter what your career or educational goals.
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What is Urban Studies?

For the first time in human history, the majority of the world’s population now lives in cities. As a consequence, the problems and possibilities of cities and urban life will be dominate themes in the 21st Century. No matter what your interests are—in politics, in business, in the arts and culture, in economics, in the law, in education, in social problems and issues, in the environment, in criminal justice, in real estate, or in planning—the context will inevitably be urban.

The interdisciplinary Urban Studies program of Loyola Marymount University develops skills that will prove useful in many careers or graduate school programs: written and verbal communication skills, critical thinking skills, research skills, GIS expertise, problem-solving strategies, planning strategies, and the ability to work effectively in diverse groups. Additionally, internship and research opportunities enable urban studies majors to acquire practical experience that are directly transferable to many career paths and graduate education programs.

What Do Urban Studies Majors Do?

Urban Studies majors examine urbanization and its associated social, cultural, economic, and demographic processes. They look at the structures and expressions of urbanization and urban life associated with modern and postmodern cities in the U.S. and around the world.

They learn the common theories, practices, and methodologies employed in contemporary urban planning and policy analysis. Urban Studies majors also explore the basic research questions and agendas associated with urban issues, and the general expressions of urbanization and urban life in Los Angeles.

Is This Major Right for You?

You might be an Urban Studies major if you:

  • Enjoy big-picture issues
  • Are fascinated by cities
  • Want to learn more about urban planning, urban geography, urban policy, and local governance
  • Value community-based participation
  • Are analytical

About Our Faculty

Our faculty members are experts in the wide range of fields and topics related to urban life, including urban geography, urban planning, urban ecology, community redevelopment, historic preservation, economic development, urban sustainability, and urban greenspace in the United States and abroad.

Our faculty travel extensively; do research, planning, and community service work; serve on boards and city commissions; publish in leading peer-reviewed and professional journals such as Urban Geography and Environment and Planning; and provide expert opinion to local and national media outlets including the Los Angeles Times and New York Times.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Urban World
  • Urban Analysis
  • Metropolitan Los Angeles
  • Urban Planning
  • Environmental Planning
  • Community Development

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Common Application and LMU Supplement
  • International students are not required to submit the SAT or ACT to complete their application to LMU
  • Provide Proof of English Proficiency
  • Submit Transcripts
  • Submit a letter of recommendation with your application

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52553 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52553 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52553 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52553 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Los Angeles

  • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
    Living Costs

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