Free Online Urban Studies Courses from Top Universities

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Urban studies courses are offered for free by top universities, including MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), John Hopkins University and Tufts University. These courses are available for students at any time.
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Free Urban Studies Courses

Free urban studies courses are available at these universities listed below. These courses offer free online materials that can be accessed and/or downloaded from each school's website.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT offers plenty of choices for courses in urban studies. Topics include dispute resolution, computers in public management, and more.

Tufts University

Tufts University offers students the chance to examine various opposing analytical frameworks, models and theories for policy-making with its theories of public policy course. The intro to geographic information systems (GIS) course focuses on GIS use in urban environments.

Open University

Open University offers a public policy course for master's-level students that focuses on the public policy-action relationship and its modeling. The course teaches students about different models - political, cultural, organic and mechanical.

John Hopkins University

John Hopkins makes available a Bloomberg Leadership Series lecture. Video of Dr. Fineberg's lecture on his personal insights and experiences that have helped him in leadership roles and in formulating policy recommendations is online for free.

Free Online Urban Studies Courses At a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
Spatial Database Management and Advanced Geographic Information Systems course from MIT Graduate Texts/lecture notes/labs/projects Yes Yes Yes
A Workshop on Geographic Information Systems course from MIT Graduate Texts/lecture notes/labs/projects Yes Yes Yes
Gateway: Planning Action course from MIT Graduate Texts/external reading resources/lecture notes Yes No Yes
Special Studies in Urban Studies and Planning: Economic Development Planning Skills course from MIT Graduate Texts/lecture notes/projects Yes No Yes
Workshop on Deliberative Democracy and Dispute Resolution course from MIT Graduate Texts/lecture notes/video lectures Yes No Yes
Introduction to Computers in Public Management II course from MIT Graduate Lecture notes/labs/study materials/texts Yes No Yes
Water and Sanitation Infrastructure Planning in Developing Countries course from MIT Graduate Texts/lecture notes Yes No Yes
Disaster, Vulnerability and Resilience course from MIT Graduate Texts/lecture notes Yes No Yes
Foshan China Workshop course from MIT Graduate Lecture notes/projects No No Yes
Reflective Practice: An Approach for Expanding Your Learning Frontiers course from MIT Graduate Texts/lecture notes/video lectures Yes No Yes
Resolving Public Disputes course from MIT Undergraduate Text/lecture notes Yes No Yes
City Visions: Past and Future course from MIT Graduate Texts/video lectures Yes No Yes
Planning Economics course from MIT Graduate Textbooks Yes Yes Yes
Microeconomics course from MIT Graduate Textbooks/ texts Yes Yes Yes
Planning, Communications and Digital Media course from MIT Graduate Texts/lecture notes Yes No Yes
Theories of Public Policy course from Tufts University Graduate Texts/lectures Yes Yes No
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Urban and Environmental Analysis course from Tufts University Graduate Texts/lectures/labs/projects Yes No No
The Public Policy - Action Relationship course from Open University Advanced Text Yes Yes Yes
The Art of Science Advice to Policy Makers: Lessons from the U.S. National Academies course from John Hopkins University Undergraduate Audio/video lecture No No Yes

Popular Schools

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    1. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS in Liberal Studies Leadership
      • Bachelor: Human Services/Child and Family Welfare
      • Bachelor: Liberal Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Liberal Arts
      • Master of Arts in Museum Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS - Applied Social Sciences
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Keiser University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.A. - Political Science
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Indiana Wesleyan University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.S. General Studies - Liberal Arts
    Associate's
      • A.S. General Studies - Liberal Arts
    Certificate
      • Undergraduate Certificate - General Studies
  • Campus and Online Programs
    6. Judson University

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Associate of Arts
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
      • HS Diploma
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Utica College

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Data Science: Social Science Analytics
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Abilene Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Global Service
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Excelsior College

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MA in Liberal Studies
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Social Sciences [Without Concentration]
      • BA / BS in Liberal Arts [Without Concentration]
      • BA in Humanities (Fine Arts)
      • BA in Humanities (Literature)
      • BA in Humanities [Without Concentration]
      • BS in Liberal Arts (Professional and Technical Writing)
    Associate's
      • AS in Arts in Liberal Arts
      • AS in Science in Liberal Arts

Featured Schools

The schools and programs listed below are popular educational options, and tuition varies based on program and location

Kaplan University

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  • Bachelor: Human Services/Child and Family Welfare
  • Bachelor: Liberal Studies

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Johns Hopkins University

  • Master of Liberal Arts
  • Master of Arts in Museum Studies

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Colorado State University Global

  • BS - Applied Social Sciences

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Keiser University

  • B.A. - Political Science

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Indiana Wesleyan University

  • B.S. General Studies - Liberal Arts
  • A.S. General Studies - Liberal Arts
  • Undergraduate Certificate - General Studies

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Judson University

  • Associate of Arts

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Penn Foster High School

  • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
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Utica College

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