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Research Master's Programs - Urban Studies with specialization in Policies and territory planning 2020

Detalle camapaña 2020

Type of training:

Academic Master with research background

Face-to-face modality:

First year of subjects, second year preparation and presentation of thesis


Training researchers is capable of producing scientific knowledge in the field of territorial planning and the formulation of public policies in order to improve the quality of life of people in the city. Priority is given to the acquisition of theoretical and methodological tools that allow understanding and explaining urban problems from a multidimensional and multiactoral perspective. It also seeks to build research networks in urban studies internationally, with special emphasis on Latin America.

Who is it for?

To professionals from different disciplines and academics who are interested in specializing in urban studies with a mention in territory policies and planning and in developing their research skills of the different urban problems applied to the academic and professional field.

Occupational field

Those who have a master's degree in Urban Studies with a mention in Territory Policies and Planning have a broad labor field that develops in several areas at the public and private level. They also have the ability to function as research professors in the university field. Additionally, they have the capacity to formulate public policies, programs and projects to organize, coordinate and improve urban processes.

Curriculum structure

To obtain the master's degree, students must study and pass ten subjects and three workshops for the preparation and presentation of thesis.

Class schedule
From Monday to Friday from 07:00 a.m. to 09:00 a.m. or from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.



Formación general Desigualdades territoriales, pobreza y ciudad
Economía urbana, globalización y territorio
Sostenibilidad urbana y cambio climático

Especialización Gobernanza y políticas urbanas
Derecho urbano, planificación y ordenamiento territorial

Área metodológica
Métodos de investigación urbana I, II y III

Talleres de tesis Taller de tesis I, II y III

Optativas del programa** Metropolización y nuevos patrones de urbanización en América Latina
Sistemas urbanos y redes de ciudades intermedias
Periurbanización y relaciones campo-ciudad
Informalidad urbana, periferias y marginalidad
* Certain matters might be subject to changes.

** The students in addition can choose for the set of courses that offer FLACSO's different educational programs.

Lines of investigation

  • Urban and territorial studies
  • Public policies compared
  • Social politics
Investigation groups

  • Urban governance
  • Urban Public Policies
  • Territory planning in local and global contexts
  • Urban transformations and collective action

      Admission requirements

      • Bachelor's degree or an equivalent certification by a duly certified higher education institution.
      • Ability to read and understand texts in English.
      • Have the means to finance the studies and study them with due dedication.
      • Completion of an academic aptitude exam.
      • Comply with all the specific requirements of the teaching program to which you apply and those indicated in the 'Application process' section of the online application form.

      Entry Process

      All applicants will enter a selection process. Through the website:, applicants must complete the application online, attach all required documentation and send it to FLACSO Ecuador. Selected applicants will be interviewed by FLACSO professors.

      Scholarships and discounts

      FLACSO Ecuador has a stipend scholarship and financial assistance policy for students admitted to their teaching programs. The policy is governed by socioeconomic criteria and academic excellence. We have affirmative action policies for applicants belonging to historically excluded groups.


      • Presentation of admission application: until June 26, 2020
      • Academic aptitude test: July 3
      • Interviews with pre-selected: from July 8 to 21
      • Selection information: until August 20
      • Confirmation of acceptance: until September 3
      • Registrations: September 21 to October 2
      • Extraordinary registrations: October 5 to 16
      • Classes start: October 19, 2020


      Registration fee: $ 500
      Tuition: $ 3750
      Scholarships, tuition discounts and deferred payment up to 30 installments without interest.

      Payment methods

      Cash payments
      Students who pay tuition in cash have a discount of 10% (only in case of pay in cash or in check, with credit card discount does not exist).

      Payment terms
      Students can pay tuition up to 30 monthly installments without interest.

      Student Loans

      Credit Cards
      Students can pay tuition with credit cards, three months interest free or twelve months with interests.


      Teacher: Gustavo Durán -
      Assistant: Kamila Heredia: