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Urban Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
New York City, NY, United States
Urban studies is the analysis of cities, the people who live in them, how they function and how they are governed. The bachelor in Urban Studies is offered by Manhattan College. 
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 In some fields, such as education, healthcare and law, urban areas present issues that don’t exist in rural or suburban communities. The majority of the world’s population now lives in cities. It is essential that there are urban studies problem-solvers who understand cities’ distinct challenges.

Cities are places where human life is at its most intense. Whether you are interested in business, history, engineering, sociology, political science, environmental sustainability, art or education, it all happens in a city. As an Urban Studies major at Manhattan College, you will learn firsthand how cities work by studying in one of the greatest: New York City.

As an urban studies major, you will take courses that span many subject areas and learn about:

  • Urban planning and how cities take their shape
  • The history of different cities
  • The economy
  • Political movements, government, power and public administration
  • Social issues like the prison system, race relations, school systems and urban crime
  • Architecture, art, music and theater
  • Sustainability and the environment
  • Religion

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 included:

  • Urban Environments: An Introduction
  • Urban America and Catholic Social Teaching
  • Special Topics in Urban Affairs
  • Sustainable Cities
  • Urban Planning
  • Internship
  • Senior Seminar in Urban Studies
  • Urban Honors Thesis

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.4

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.4 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • 1. Official High School Transcript
  • 2. SAT and/or ACT Scores: Critical reading and math sections of the SAT are reviewed during the admissions process.
  • 3. Recommendation Letter: One letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor is required. You may submit up to three academic letters. 
  • 4. Personal Essay: You must submit a brief personal statement or college essay. This essay should be roughly 500 words.
  • 5. $75 Non-Refundable Application Fee
  • 6.International students whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency by submitting official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)  or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    40400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 40400 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    40400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 40400 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


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