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Program overview
12 months
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
October 2019  (English)
October 2020  (English)
October 2021  (English)

Program description

A step in your career!

urban development studentsIHS campusRotterdamfavelasThe MSc in urban management and development program enables students to advance in their career opportunities by offering a wide range of career paths in six different areas of urban expertise.

In the almost 60 years of experience in teaching and applying urban management and development knowledge and practices, IHS has developed an extensive network of urban professionals.  

Program features

  • Highly international study environment with participants from over 45 different nations
  • Lecturers with long-standing international teaching and working experience in the field
  • High profile guest lecturers from established institutions such as UN-HABITAT, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Lund University
  • Unique training methodology of role-playing games, real-life case study analysis, class debates and on-site visits
  • 6 different specializations offering  a unique chance to tailor your study and broaden your career path
  • Focus on linking theory to real world urban challenges and solutions developed and perfected in IHS’ almost 60 years of experience in the field
  • Balanced learning environment of guided training and self-study


The intensive 12-month MSc in urban management and development is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to become competent urban managers by offering an in-depth insight into urban issues, policies and trends around the world through a blend of lectures with case studies, discussions, working groups, group assignments and field visits and field work. The master program is divided into three main periods: a core period, a specialization period and a thesis period. 

Career opportunities

Students benefit from the immense IHS network including an alumni association with over 8000 members actively engaged in the field. IHS is engaged in over 100 urban programs and projects at any point in time offering students a direct contact with donor agencies and training centers worldwide.

Lecturers have long-standing international experience and continue to work all over the world thus creating a possibility to discuss and initiate links to programs and projects in countries and cities of the participants.

IHS graduates find careers in the fields of urban academia, international consultancy, local and national governments and non-governmental organizations  as lecturers, urban planners, sustainable urban development and design specialists, project managers, architects, government officials, urban policy analysis and development experts, capacity building trainers, land use advisors, renowned NGO heads and specialists and many others. 

Admission requirements

Applicants interested in applying for the urban management and development program should meet the following requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in a field related to the chosen course.
  • Academic performance at least second class lower, B or equivalent. 
  • Evidence of a sufficient command of English. If English is not your mother tongue an English language test or, in some cases, other proof of English proficiency is required. See section on English Language Test below for further information.
  • Certificates from TOEFL or IELTS as official language tests.
  • Have the ability to interact and work with people from very diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Working experience in a relevant field is considered an important asset during the selection procedure.

Tuition fees

Tuition for the program is:

  • €13.900 (Statutory fee)
  • €13.900 (Institutional fee: EEA/EU students)
  • €13.900 (Institutional fee: NON-EEA/EU students)


Find information on possible scholarships on our website.


Master of Science (MSc) in Urban Management and Development  IHS, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies IHS Erasmus Rotterdam University

Founded in 1958, The Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) is an international center of excellence in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. IHS has 60 years of experience in the field of urban management and development in these different areas of...

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It is a pleasure to be here and to gain insights into the dynamics of urban issues and the way they intertwine. I am excited and enthusiastic about studying such development issues, talking to experts of global repute. I like the way they deliver lectures as if they still had mud on their shoes, when they come directly from field, reporting ...
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Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies IHS Erasmus Rotterdam University

Burg. Oudlaan 50, Mandeville Building, 14th floor
3062 Rotterdam
The Netherlands

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