The Housing Studies program teaches students about shelter and its multiple dimensions, focusing on skills that will allow students to contribute to the housing field. Coursework in the program includes the social and behavioral sciences, public policy, planning, economics, and technology. Students select one of four broad areas of concentration: community development and policy, housing technology, management and finance, or special populations. An internship is required for the student to work in a setting at which they will gain professional housing experience before graduating.
The housing studies minor allows students enrolled in a different undergraduate degree program at the University of Minnesota to complete 15 credits of coursework in housing studies.
The Housing Studies Certificate Program is designed for professionals who have completed a four-year college degree and are interested in gaining further knowledge about housing-related issues. Students are admitted year round to the Certificate program.
Master of Science - Master of Arts - Doctorate of Philosophy
Graduate study in the Housing Studies emphasis of the graduate program in Design advances both theoretical and practical knowledge in the field. Course offerings emphasize human needs and behavior, policy and community development, analysis of designed environments, and housing for special populations. Students are prepared to assist people in their shelter-related problems through research and students are trained in a variety of research methodologies. Coursework and research experiences combine to further the understanding of innovative approaches to the development of housing policies and related programs. Upon completion of the graduate degree, students seek housing careers in state and federal agencies, nonprofit community organizations, housing regulation, and higher education.