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Urban Studies FAQ's

Financial Aid Questions
Registration Questions
Curriculum Questions

What is the purpose of the Urban Studies program?
What are the concentrations?
What are your admissions requirements?
What career paths would I have upon finishing this degree?
Do I have to relocate for this degree?
Can I complete this degree while having a full time job?
What is the format of the classes?
Who are the MAUS program faculty?
When are the upcoming residencies?
How much will the program cost?
How long does it take to complete the program?
Does Eastern University offer Institutional Aid?
What is the deadline to apply?
How do I apply?
How do I become an UrbanPromise intern?

What is the purpose of the Urban Studies program?
To train leaders as change agents in urban communities.

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What are the concentrations?
Youth Development: to produce professionals who are academically, theologically, and culturally competent to serve youth in an urban context.
Community Development: To produce professionals who are competent to work with communities to revitalize their physical, economic, and social infrastructure.
Community Arts: to prepare artist practitioners to become effective leaders committed to transforming urban communities.

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What are your admissions requirements?
• Use the links below to find out the admissions requirements for each concentration:
Youth Development
Community Development
Community Arts

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What career paths will I have upon finishing this degree?
Youth Development: social services, urban youth ministry, community organizer, program director, activist, researcher. You will be equipped with tools for starting innovative models and programs.
Community Development: Students are prepared to work in a variety of fields addressing the complex needs of neighborhoods and may work through community-based organizations, non-profit organizations, governmental and non-governmental agencies, social service agencies, or foundations.
Community Arts: Students are prepared to implement strategies to utilize the arts in community service and mission; initiate a new arts-integrated community program within a church or community organization; supervise artists as teachers and community workers; develop curricula for specific learning goals; implement a funding development plan; and manage arts-integrated projects, including financial and personnel oversight and program evaluation.

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Do I have to relocate to complete this degree?
No. We have students all over the country and the world who are able to complete this blended online residency program. Students come to Philadelphia for residencies twice a year in the Community Development and Youth Development concentrations and three times a year for the Community Arts concentration.

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Can I complete this degree while having a full time job?
Yes! Classes are offered in a blended online residency format, which includes online learning and residencies.  Every semester includes a 7-8 day residency, which offers on-ground instensive classroom experiences as well as field trips and other learning activities. Every semester there is one class offered in a traditional format for students who live locally.

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What is the format of the classes?
The program is offered in a blended online residency format. That means it’s delivered in a hybrid of online and on-the-ground classes. Every semester, students are required to attend one residency. These residencies last 7-8 days. Classes for the residencies are on the ground in Philadelphia.  Prior to and after the residencies you will participate in an online classroom for discussions, videos, etc.  There are sometimes teleconferences as well.  For those who live locally there is at least one course per semester delivered in a traditional, weekly, on-the-ground format. It's typically scheduled one evening a week.

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Who are the MAUS program Faculty?
Learn more about the MAUS program Faculty.

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When are the upcoming residencies?

  • Summer 2014: Wednesday, June 4th-Thursday, June 12th
  • Fall 2014:  Friday, September 12th-Saturday, September 20th
  • Spring 2015: Friday, February 6th-Saturday, February 14th

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How much does the program cost?
View cost information here

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How long does it take to complete the program?
2 years (full time) or 3 years (part time) for Community Development and Youth Development
24 months of active study for the Community Arts

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Does Eastern University offer institutional aid?
Yes! While in the MA of Urban Studies program, you have the opportunity to apply for the following awards:
    Grants
    Student Employment (for local students)

To apply for Insitutional Aid, please contact Whitney Monn at urbanstudies@eastern.edu or 215-769-3121.

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When is the deadline to apply?

The application deadlines for this academic year are:
Community Development and Youth Development concentrations: July 15 (fall 2014) and October 1 (spring 2015)
Community Arts Concentration: April 1 (summer 2015)

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How do I apply?
You can apply online OR call (215) 769-3121 to request an application packet.

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How do I become an UrbanPromise intern?
Please visit the Residential Urban Internship Web page for more information.

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