Frequently Asked Questions
How long will the program take to complete?
Full time students can finish the program in three semesters if they complete the internship requirement over the summer.
Do I need a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies to qualify for admission?
No; however, an applicant to the Master’s Program in Urban Studies must have completed a Bachelor's Degree and at least four undergraduate courses related to the field of urban studies in order to qualify for admission.
Does the University provide housing for graduate students?
While most graduate students do not live in university sponsored housing, Fordham does have a limited number of graduate student apartments nearby the campus. You can also network with other GSAS students to find roommates and living arrangements through the GSA website.
Who should write my letters of recommendation?
Former professors or employers who are familiar with your academic or professional history. They should be individuals who are able to testify to your ability to successfully complete a master’s degree in Urban Studies.
What is the process for completing the internship?
A student must complete 12 credits and be in good academic standing before he or she can register for an internship. All internships must be approved and monitored by the academic director. Given the wealth of opportunities available in New York, students are encouraged to use their own initiative to find and design internships best suited to their career goals. Students may also look for internship opportunities with an approved organization outside of New York or the US. The Urban Studies Program’s growing partnerships with universities in various regions of the world allows students to attend courses, earn credit, do fieldwork and research directly with experts internationally in their area of interest. A faculty member, who specializes in a field related to the student’s interests, will be assigned as a mentor.
What is the purpose of the internship or field work requirement?
The internship or field work experience becomes the basis for a student’s final research project, and provides necessary hands on experience in the student’s chosen specialization.
Is the GRE required for admission?
No, the GRE is not a requirement for admission.
What is the cost of tuition?
Visit the GSAS tuition and fees page for information on program costs.
When does the school year begin and end?
You can find all the relevant dates on the GSAS calendar.