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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Graduate Program

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View of University Centennial Student Union The Urban and Regional Studies Institute offers multidisciplinary degree programs orientated toward examining and understanding the broad range of problems and opportunities associated with the nation's urban and regional areas. Since its beginning in 1966, the Institute has been training students who have chosen to become involved in the process of solving problems in a variety of urban environments.

Professional employment in local government generally requires a Master's degree. URSI offers graduate degrees in Urban Planning.  There is also a generalist degree in Urban & Regional Studies, consisting of 36 semester hours.

The graduate in the Urban and Regional Studies Institute at Minnesota State University, Mankato, is a professional program oriented towards the systematic, creative approach to influence and manage the social, economic, and physical change of neighborhoods, small towns, cities, suburbs, metropolitan areas, regions, and states.

URSI's 2015 Studio, facilitated by Russell Fricano and Miriam Porter, has selected 4 projects to undertake for clients fall semester. This is professional level work undertaken by teams of second year Urban and Regional Studies Institute's graduate students. The projects are:
-City of Bellchester, Mn. - Comprehensive Plan
-City of Fairmont,Mn. -Housing Plan
-City of Janesville, Mn. and School District-Safe Route to Schools Plan
-City of Tonka Bay, Mn.- Park Plan

 [PDF] Graduate Handbook (82 KiB)

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