Master of Urban Design - Future Cities

College

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

Degree Earned

Master of Urban Design

Program Type

  • On Campus

Curriculum

The Master of Urban Design – Future Cities (MUD) is a 48-credit, four-semester, full-time program that is studio based. Students have opportunities to travel to a variety of national and international metropolitan areas and explore first-hand the challenges of rapid urbanization. This valuable real-world experience prepares graduates for global practice in the field.

Students without a formal education in architecture or a related field will take the first year of the Master of Architecture degree (24-30 credit) as an additional foundation year.

MUD Curriculum

Total: 48 Credit Hours

Year

Semester

Course

Credit Hour

1

Fall

MUD 601: Master Studio – Towards Sustainable and Smart Cities

6

 

 

MUD 615: Advanced GIS: Urban Spatial Analytics I

3

 

 

MUD 600: Modeling Urban Environmental Performance  

3

1

Spring

MUD 621: Master Studio – Resilient Cities and Communities 

4

 

 

MUD 623: Studio Companion: Ecological Systems for Resilient Communities 

2

 

 

MUD 617: Advanced GIS: Urban Spatial Analytics II 

3

 

 

MUD 602: History and Theory of Urban Design

3

2

Fall

MUD-603: Master Studio – Future Cities / Carbon-Zero Cities 

6

 

 

MUD-631: Architectural Research Methods

3

 

 

Graduate Seminar / Focus Elective

3

2

Spring

MUD-604: Master Thesis Studio

6

 

 

Graduate Seminar / Focus Elective

3

 

 

Graduate Seminar / Focus Elective

3

Concentrations - 9 credits

Students choose one of the following concentrations in their 3rd and 4th semesters by selecting three graduate-level classes from the abundance of graduate-level courses available in the Geospatial Technologies for Geodesign, Sustainable Design, Master of Architecture, Real Estate Development, Historic Preservation and Public Health programs.

  • Smart Cities and Urban Analytics
  • Geodesign
  • Resilient Cities
  • Urban Revitalization
  • Public Health