Urban and Regional Studies

Graduate Programs

Description

Urban and Regional Studies is an interdisciplinary program oriented toward examining and understanding the broad range of problems and challenges associated with the nation’s cities and regional areas. Many career opportunities exist in community development, urban/regional planning, local government, and local government management. Students are encouraged to undertake independent study, become involved in community service projects, participate in field studies, and accept internships in local agencies.

Majors

Program Locations Major / Total Credits
Urban Planning MA MA - Master of Arts
  • Mankato
  • Edina
36 / 36

Certificates

Program Locations Major / Total Credits
Urban Planning GC
  • Mankato
  • Edina
12 / 12

Policies & Faculty

Policies

Admission

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements of College of Graduate Studies and Research, admission to the program as a degree-seeking student requires:

  1. Undergraduate course in research methods/statistics, or equivalent
  2. Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 in last two years of coursework
  3. Two recommendation letters assessing potential for successful graduate study
  4. Personal statement describing applicant's interests and experience.

Admission to the program on a provisional basis may be approved for applicants with a GPA of at least 2.6 in the last two years of coursework and who demonstrate special circumstances and potential. Absence of specific undergraduate coursework in urban studies or statistics will result in the assigning of deficiency coursework which must be completed before graduation.

Financial Assistance

Applicants seeking university sources of financial assistance should apply to the Office of Financial Aid. Special awards are also available to qualified Institute students for research and teaching assistantships, fellowships, and cooperative work/graduate study positions. These awards are administered by the Institute based upon criteria established by alumni donors, local/state/federal agency grants, and faculty and professional association gifts. Although applications to the Institute for financial assistance will be accepted anytime, most complete consideration will be afforded to those complete applications received before April 1 for consideration of awards for the following academic year. Financial assistance awards are normally made for one academic year. Students in good standing may apply for professional internship appointments during the second year of graduate study.

Contact Information

109 Morris Hall

Main Office (507) 389-2721
http://sbs.mnsu.edu/ursi/

Faculty

500 Level

Credits: 3

This course is a survey of the local community--the forces which shape it, the significance of a democratic public, and professional practice of local government service.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

This course is designed to develop the skills needed to gather, analyze, and present information for resolving applied problems in local government and community settings.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

This course is designed for students preparing for a professinal career in local government or public service, focuses on media relations and building citizen involvement through public awareness projects.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Reviews processes and techniques related to evaluation of public programs.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Public policy and programs and non-profit initiatives that address issues of housing supply, quality, and costs.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

An overview of local government law and local governing powers. In addition, public issues in the legal context will be examined from a management and planning perspective.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Basic working knowledge and vocabulary of urban design concepts and techniques in an applied problem-solving context.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Preservation techniques, principles of structural evaluation, adaptive use potentials and options, economic consideration in preservation, and the role of legislation.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Historic Preservation: Policy and Field Methods introduces students to the rules and laws of structural historic preservation. The course will investigate the major policy documents, laws, agencies, survey methods, and examine how they are applied in local government preservation.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Raising resources for public and nonprofit organizations from needs assessment through obtaining funding to managing the grant after it is awarded.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

A survey course covering the concepts, processes, tools, and strategies of economic development in local communities. Emphasis is on the why and how of economic development.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Examines and applies the fundamental concepts, techniques and mechanisms for environmental planning at the city, county, and sub-state regional levels.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Examines transportation problems of, and solutions for, large and medium sized cities. Special emphasis on reducing traffic congestion, improving management of transit systems, and linking transportation and land-use planning.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-3

Varying topics dealing with emerging trends and contemporary needs of students resulting from professional changes.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-6

Problem solving in communities and direct involvement into specific areas of study of student interest.

Prerequisites: none

600 Level

Credits: 3

Survey course which examines the professions and processes of urban management, including community leadership, organizing, and delivering community services.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Survey of the history, concepts, values, and ethics of public-sector planning. Emphasis on practical and comprehensive approach to developing and implementing plans.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

This course covers the role of law and its influence on the planning profession. Specifically, the course addresses the legal standards by which land use is regulated and controlled in the United States.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Provides an overview of urban administrative services with an emphasis on urban finance systems and human resource management. Examines the economic and human resource environment for local government managers' decision-making.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Course examines financial management utilizing accurate forecasting, fund accounting and fiscal reporting. Covers budget cycle including legal limitations on local taxation, expenditures, and debt financing.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Comprehensive planning process in urban areas, including basic studies, capital improvement programming, and exercises.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Current planning, including zoning, subdivision regulations, annexations, and special projects.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

An advanced learning experience working in small group settings on applied projects and problem solving. The team project produced in the studio meets graduate student's capstone project requirements.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-4

Individual learning experiences arranged with faculty on a learning contract basis.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-2

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Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-3

The collection and dissemination of original research in compliance with accepted research standards.

Prerequisites: none