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Global Urban Studies

PhD Program Description

The Global Urban Studies track in the joint Urban Systems PhD program (with NJIT) builds policy-oriented, interdisciplinary, and global knowledge about cities through innovative curriculum and research grounded in the social sciences. It features collaborative scholarship with community partners in the Greater Newark metro area and in cities around the world. Trained as researchers who bridge theory, social science research, and practice, our graduates are poised to make impacts that will help to create thriving and inclusive cities in the U.S. and around the world. Our campus hosts a wealth of faculty and students diversely engaged in global urban studies. Our program leverages this energy and expertise across Rutgers colleges and schools, departments, programs and research centers to produce a cutting-edge program to address critical urban issues.

General Information

Degree Offered: Ph.D.


Jamie Lew, Ph.D., Co-Director

360 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Hill Hall | Room 625

Phone: 973-353-5130


Mara Sidney, PhD., Co-Director

Phone: 973-353-5787


Website: Global Urban Studies

Degree Credit Requirements

Credits: 54

Career Opportunities 

  • Foreign Service / Diplomacy

  • Culture and Globalization

  • Economic development

  • Education

  • Global Environmental Advocacy

  • Politics

  • Civil Service / Government

  • Social Justice Advocacy

  • Global Health

  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) / Nonprofit Organizations / Philanthropy 

  • International Relations

Faculty and Program Scope

Global Urban Studies core faculty members specialize in the following research and policy areas: urban education, comparative and international education, international migration and immigration, urban violence, political participation, the arts and urban development, race and ethnicity, public health and housing, and sustainable environment. Faculty department and program affiliations include sociology, political science, anthropology, economics, business, law, and criminal justice. We have research partnerships with universities and scholars in a number of countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and a special emerging focus on Africa.

Application Requirements and Deadlines

All transcripts – GRE General – TOEFL – 3 Letters of Recommendation – Personal Statement [who you are & what you have done, motivation for PhD, career aspirations, research interest] – Written Statement of Purpose -- Resume/CV – Interview [optional] 


Deadline: February 1st 

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