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    If you are passionate about developing an in-depth understanding of the complex challenges facing our increasingly urban world, you will find unique opportunities in the Urban Studies Department at Worcester State University. We are the only urban studies major in the Massachusetts state university system and one of only a handful in New England.

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    Our diverse faculty includes public administrators and managers, social workers, policy specialists and researchers, anthropologists, and historians. Our challenging, interdisciplinary course of study emphasizes strong research and writing skills, critical thinking, creative problem solving, and experiential learning. Our department also houses two institutes, CityLab and the Intergenerational Urban Institute, that give you one-of-a-kind opportunities to conduct research with faculty in collaboration with the community.

    You can take advantage of our evening courses. In fact, you can complete our business program entirely at night, if that best suits your lifestyle. If you are looking to specialize in a specific area of interest, we offer concentrations in public administration and planning, social work and policy, and intergenerational and community service.

    If you are an adult learner with urban-studies-related work experience, you can start working toward a degree in urban studies through our Next Step Program. Next Step gives you the opportunity to gain course credits for completing a portfolio of prior learning.

    We also offer a convenient, high-quality graduate program in which you can prepare for leadership positions in the local and national non-profit sectors, international nongovernmental organizations, and the public sector.

    Through our 4+1 program, you may qualify for both a bachelor’s degree in urban studies and a master’s degree in non-profit management within five years. We also have a partnership with the Boston College School of Social Work, which operates a special three-year Master of Social Work program out of our department (two years in Worcester, one year in Boston).