Master of Urban Design - Future Cities


College of Architecture & the Built Environment


Master of Urban Design


East Falls


On Campus

Program Highlights

  • The Master of Urban Design – Future Cities (MUD) is a design research oriented post-professional program with a unique focus on contemporary urban issues such as urban resiliency, carbon neutral communities, wellness, and smart technologies.
  • The MUD students learn advanced methods and tools, integrated with computational design, urban analytics, geospatial technology, and climate design, to examine the environmental and social performance of cities.
  • The MUD program has strong partnerships with several world top universities, leading architectural and urban design firms, as well as local government and other non-profit organizations for collaborations on teaching and research.
  • Jefferson Institute for Smart and Healthy Cities serves as the hub and public face of the program and facilitates transdisciplinary research opportunities for students and faculty.
  • The MUD students may choose a concentration from areas within the college – Geodesign, Smart Cities and Urban Analytics, Urban Revitalization, or Resilient Cities – or focus on Public Health through our collaboration with Jefferson College of Population Health.
  • The MUD graduates have opportunity to receive advanced standing in the PhD in Architecture & Design Research in the college.
  • The MUD is a STEM designated program (CIP Code 15.1001), which allows international students to be eligible for a total of 3 years of employment within their discipline based on the Optional Practical Training (OPT) Program.
MUD students work with the industry partner NBBJ on smart cities of the future. Learn more about NBBJ at

The Master of Urban Design program prepares graduates to develop sustainable, healthy, smart cities and communities. Some career opportunities include:

  • Academia
  • Municipal, state and national government agencies
  • Industry, public and private agencies
  • Advanced research and continuing into a Ph.D. program
MUD students visit the studio's project site in New York City