MLIS/MS Urban Studies

Prospective Careers

Fieldwork takes place in major libraries, information and research centers such as UWM itself, and the Legislative Reference Bureau of the City of Milwaukee. Students will graduate from the program with a strong background in history and current policy issues of urban communities, familiarity with the diverse client groups comprising urban communities, an understanding of the role and management of public service institutions, and skills in program development, needs assessment, and program evaluation and skills in the methods of policy research. Thus they are particularly well suited for jobs in major urban public libraries and in the information and research centers of universities and federal, state, and local governments, and research institutions.

Credit Requirements

Students in the MS/MLIS program follow all of the requirements and standards as described in this section of the Bulletin with the following joint exceptions: 21 of the 24 credits, including the optional 3 credits for a master's thesis, required for the Urban Studies portion of the joint degree are taken within USP. All courses in related areas and any exceptions to the 21 credit rule must be reviewed by the Coordinator of Urban Studies. All courses selected are expected to be consistent with the objectives of the Urban Studies program.

Urban Studies Required Courses

  • Urban Social Structure
  • Research Methods in Urban Affairs
  • Internal Structure of the City
  • history course - Seminar in American Urban History
  • and a course that will satisfy the quantitative analysis requirement

Additional Requirements

Paper or Thesis

A master's paper or thesis is required to receive the MS degree in Urban Studies. A master's paper may be developed from a seminar paper and should demonstrate conceptual ability and research competence in a sub-area of Urban Studies. It is expected that the master's paper will be prepared in a scholarly fashion conforming to the format characteristics of journal articles published in the chosen area of study.

A master's thesis is a more formal document of greater breadth and depth than a master's paper. Students should refer toMaster's Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation Format Requirementsfor information regarding preparation and review of the thesis.

Regardless of the option chosen, the student, in consultation with the faculty advisor, must assemble a committee of three faculty who will serve as the paper or thesis examination committee. The student must pass an oral examination based on the paper or thesis. Students who elect to write a master's theses may enroll in USP 990 and earn up to 3 credits toward the MS degree.

MLIS Program Advisor

Laretta Henderson, Associate Dean/Associate Professor
Phone: (414) 229-3055

Urban Studies Program Advisor

Dr. James Harris, Associate Director
Rm: Bolton Hall 796
Ph: 229-4629