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Why Urban Studies?

Why Urban Studies?

Courtney Ball

Courtney Ball
(M.A. 2012)
Starts her own Non-Profit!

CMB Professional Development Agency Inc. is committed to helping millennial women of color learn, network and succeed. It connects students with women mentors in their professional field of interest through programs such as "Color Me Brave," an online magazine, and “Color Me Beautiful" networking events.

Sarah Dewitt

Sarah Dewitt
(M.A. 2011) 
Manages Ann Arbor, Michigan's 94-year old Farmer's Market

Sarah turned her Master's Thesis on “Seasonality in New York City's Food Education” into managing the open-air food market in Ann Arbor's historic downtown neighborhood. Sarah is the city's liaison to the Public Market Advisory Commission and serves as a member of the Ann Arbor Public Schools Farm to School Collaborative. She writes on food assistance issues and the future of food systems.

Community and Non-Profit Leadership
The program prepares students for successful careers in the non-profit, neighborhood and community development, and housing advocacy sectors.

Government and Public Service Careers
An M.A. degree provides students with competitive training in the social issues essential to public policymaking. It serves individuals working for Housing Development Agencies, Economic Development Corporations, and Business Improvement Districts.

Real Estate Development and Building Industry Careers
Individuals who are seeking employment in the real estate and building industries profit from an MA Degree in Urban Studies as a baseline of professional training.

Urban Arts and Cultural Institutions
The M.A. degree in Urban Studies provides key training for careers in museums, non-profit organizations in the arts and arts education, and cultural institutions vital to the urban world.

Primary and Secondary Education
Students beginning their teaching careers as well as already experienced teachers profit from the breadth of knowledge and hands-on experience about urban social and economic conditions available in the MA Program.

Pre-Professional Studies
While preparing for professional studies in fields such as Law, Journalism, Architecture and Planning, and Public Policy, a Master’s Degree in Urban Studies introduces students to the breadth and diversity of concerns surrounding cities and metropolitan areas. 

Career Transitions
An MA Degree in Urban Studies is of great value to students who hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture or Planning but would like to continue their urban education outside the field of architecture and design. It aids mid-career professionals transitioning to careers outside architecture and planning, who would like to remain in the wider fields of building, civic institutions and industries.


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