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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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The Urban and Regional Studies Institute is for students inspired by the idea of improving cities, towns and communities through strong and experienced leadership

Whether you see yourself in the public, private or non-profit sector – a city manager or a real estate developer, for example – a degree in Urban and Regional Studies will bring you that opportunity to contribute to and making a difference in communities.

It's the program from which staff members in 90 percent of Minnesota cities with populations of more than 10,000 have graduated. Unique among Minnesota universities, URSI combines broad-based knowledge with real-world projects. You'll stay on top of changing policies, emerging issues and the latest trends. And you'll emerge from the program with expertise and experience already in hand.


  • Marisa Hansen is awarded the Barrett Scholarship.
  • URSI has been selected to receive the 2016 Pathways Student Assessment award. This honor is awarded to a department that has excelled in the evaluation of learning outcomes to strengthen the educational experiences of their students.
  • Dr. Porter and Dr. Asomani-Boateng will be taking a group of students abroad this Spring to Ghana, West Africa.
  • Dr. Heidelberg was awarded a joint grant with the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, a $76,000 grant from the State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Historical Society's Cultural Heritage Fund to explore a long term, sustainable partnership.
  • In a collaborative effort, URSI faculty and graduate students publish an article on disaster preparedness research.