M.A. in Urban Education and Community Studies

M.A. in Urban Education and Community Studies

M.A. in Urban Education and Community Studies

The objective of Rowan University's Master of Arts in Urban Education and Community Studies is to prepare urban educators, community organizers, policymakers, school leaders, and youth-focused change agents to understand the contradictions of current urban school systems and meaningfully address the educational and broader socioeconomic disparities that urban communities too often face. The program meets its primary objective through a focus on students understanding and applying a range of critical perspectives to study urban education and communities including from historical, legal, sociological, and political economic lenses. There are no certifications attached to the program. The program culminates in a master's degree.

The M.A. in Urban Education and Community Studies also offers a concentration in English as a Second Language which is devoted to creating a community of educators who link efforts in multicultural education to social justice actions that promote social reform in the wider community through shaping educational practice, policy, and research. Courses prepare students to serve diverse populations in formal and informal educational settings and facilitate the study of language and literacy in conjunction with the study of the cultural, social, political, and economic contexts in which educational events and practices are embedded.

Teachers in the state of New Jersey may apply to the Master of Arts in Urban Education and Community Studies program through the New Jersey Teacher Outreach Program (NJTOP®). For more information including NJTOP tuition rates click here.



The M.A. in Urban Education and Community Studies is a part-time program offered in face-to-face format on the Camden campus. It requires the completion of 36 graduate semester hours (12 courses) and can be completed in 6 consecutive semesters.

The plan of study includes a 12 credit hour core, 6 credit hours of internship/community based work, a choice of 12 credit hour concentrations and 6 credits of electives. Initial concentration offerings include Curriculum & Pedagogy and Leadership & Policy.


The following courses make up the M.A. in Urban Education and Community Studies program.

  • 12 Courses / 36 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: Yes
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 12 S.H.
CASE 90510 Power and Privilege: The Social Construction of Difference 3
CASE 90511 Sociology of Education: Political Economy of Urban Education and Environments 3
CASE 90512 Examining Intersectionality: Critical Theories of Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality, and Citizenship 3
CASE 90513 History of Urban Education and Communities 3
CASE 90514 Education Reform in the US: Theories of Change 3
Specialization Courses: Choose 12 S.H.
CASE 90530 Curriculum Theories in Urban Education 3
CASE 90531 Critical Consciousness: Sharing Power and Voice with Students 3
CASE 90532 Critical Pedagogy 3
CASE 90534 Disability Studies 3
BLED 40510 Issues of Language and Cultural Diversity in ESL/Bilingual Programs 3
CASE 90540 Urban Education Policy and Reform 3
CASE 90541 Leadership for Social Justice and Educational Equity 3
CASE 90542 Engaging in Education and Community Advocacy 3
CASE 90543 Structural, Cultural, and Demographic Displacement in Urban Education Contexts 3
English as a Second Language Courses: Choose 12 S.H.
BLED 40510 Issues of Language and Cultural Diversity in ESL/Bilingual Programs 3
BLED 40512 Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition for Teaching Languages 3
BLED 40515 Language, Culture, and Communication 3
BLED 40520 Planning, Teaching, and Assessment in ESL Classrooms 3
BLED 40522 Integrating Language and Content in ESL/Bilingual Education 3
Elective Courses: 6 S.H.
CASE 90550 Urban Education and Community Studies Special Topics 3
CASE 90551 Artistic Expression in Action: Building Stronger Communities through Fine Arts Outreach 3
Research Courses: Choose 6 S.H.
CASE 90520 Participatory Research Methods in Contexts 3
CASE 90521 Ethnography in Urban Settings 3
CASE 90522 Urban Quantitative Methods 3
Thesis Courses: 3 S.H.
CASE 90524 Thesis Capstone Project: M.A. in Urban Education and Community Studies 3

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee

  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)

  • Current professional resume

  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives

    • Provide reasons for pursuing the program. Describe how you might use this program to advance your career (educational goals beyond the master's level, if applicable, are also relevant).
  • Two letters of recommendation

    • Letters of recommendation should be from professional administrators and include information, which attests to applicant's ability to pursue a graduate degree
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)


Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the M.A. in Urban Education and Community Studies program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Fall September 1 July 1
Spring January 19 November 1
Summer May 18 April 1