Master of Urban Design - Future Cities


  • East Falls Campus
  • College of Architecture & the Built Environment

Degree Earned

Master of Urban Design

Program Type

  • On Campus

The Master of Urban Design – Future Cities (MUD) educates the next generation of urban designers, architects and researchers in the development of sustainable, healthy and smart cities and communities. Focused on envisioning the future, the program spotlights pressing contemporary issues with far-reaching consequences, such as the need to develop urban resiliency and carbon neutral communities and to harness the potential of smart technologies to achieve environmental wellness on multiple scales in response to rapid urbanization and climate change. Students have opportunities to acquire new and valuable skills and benefit from state-of-the-art research at national and international levels, thereby fostering innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity through knowledge exchange and multidisciplinary learning.

The Master of Urban Design - Future Cities (MUD) is a STEM designated program (CIP Code 30.3301).

Creating Sustainable, Healthy & Smart Cities

The unique focus of the MUD program on contemporary urban issues such as urban resiliency, carbon-neutral communities, wellness, and smart technologies differentiates Jefferson’s program. Collaboration with the Jefferson Institute for Smart and Healthy Cities offers students unparalleled opportunities for research and industry experience. Addressing climate change, public health, pandemics and other challenges by incorporating urban analytics, computational design, and smart technologies into urban environments is the next frontier within the profession. Students may choose a concentration in public health, in collaboration with the Jefferson College of Population Health, or in other specializations, offered in the College of Architecture and the Built Environment, including Geodesign, Urban Revitalization, Smart Cities and Urban Analytics, or Resilient Cities. 

Experiencing the Learning Lab of Philadelphia

With its thriving design and construction industries, Philadelphia serves as our learning urban lab, furnishing students with professional experiences in a vibrant metropolitan area. The MUD program partners with local communities as well as global leading corporations and non-profit organizations, offering a broad range of real-world projects and networking opportunities.

Designing Global Urban Futures

The MUD program offers interdisciplinary design and research platforms with a focus on the rapidly changing dynamics of major cities in the world. Students have opportunities to study and design for the futures of major international cities, such as London, Dubai, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Mexico City, through traveling studios, funded research, exchange programs, international workshops and conferences.