The School of Urban Affairs is home to six undergraduate degree programs, five graduate programs, an interdisciplinary doctoral program, and several certificate programs. Three dual degree programs allow students to complete both their Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master’s degrees in four years through a partnership with the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Research centers and programs provide engaged research conducted by faculty and staff, often with the involvement of students.
Since its establishment in 1977, the School of Urban Affairs has gained a reputation for:
- Training present and future generations of urban planners, nonprofit and for-profit leaders, public administrators and scholars;
- Collaborating with neighborhood and civic leaders to address key challenges in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio;
- Conducting applied and scholarly research that improves public policies and expands opportunities for communities and people; and
- Facilitating the exchange of ideas and dissemination of information through forums and publications.
The School’s many degree programs provide diverse opportunities for learning while also functioning as a cohesive community. Students can expect to become part of a thriving academic environment that values intellectual freedom, debate, collaboration, diversity, and civic engagement. They can also expect to see their work and research extend far beyond the boundaries of campus, to the city and region that sits at our doorstep.
The School of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and service through engagement in the civic, cultural, and economic life in Greater Cleveland and the state of Ohio.
The urban challenges that gave rise to the School of Urban Affairs, such as inequality and urban blight, are now intensified by larger global trends. We envision a strong, open, adaptive institution that addresses these challenges and improves the quality of life in Northeast Ohio through robust research and training opportunities.
The School of Urban Affairs community—faculty, staff, and students—values creating and effectively transmitting knowledge, encouraging intellectual freedom, supporting diversity in all its forms, and civic engagement that strengthens our nation’s democratic principles.
School of Urban Affairs is recognized as one of the best public affairs schools in the nation according to US News & World Report.