The Master of Urban Design (MUD) is a one-and-a-half-year post-professional degree invested in the conceptualization of complex global processes of urban transformation. The diploma is open to students holding a professional license in architecture, landscape architecture and spatial planning.
The MUD is fertile ground for experimentation with urban design, approaching urban planning across multiple scales of inquiry with studio projects prompting both analytical and speculative design work related to infrastructure and land use. regional territory, urban housing, public-private development, urban governance, landscape processes, technologies, climate change, resilience and civic space. The studio study program consists of a set of three urban design studios that position design as the central discipline of urban transformations. The studios are complemented by seminars on urban finance and development, theories and methods of urban design, urban policies and governance, and the humanities. In addition to the offerings of Taubman College’s Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning programs, students can advance their personal academic interests by taking full advantage of classes in other units on campus.
The MUD degree involves travel to a variety of national and international destinations to put students in direct contact with the communities for which they will design. In their field studies, students exercise critical thinking skills and cultivate cultural skills as well as a more nuanced examination of local conditions and building practices.
MUD students are encouraged to engage in collaborations with faculty members and to advance their own research interests during their time at Taubman College. Through the highly competitive MUD scholarships, the degree supports this commitment by providing students with research scholarships upon admission to Taubman College.
Access to our world-class on-site facilities, including the manufacturing lab and the geospatial and digital lab, enables students to engage in advanced technological platforms. Through access to these resources and to the expanded areas of expertise on campus, students are exposed to a myriad of contemporary global practices and schools of urban thought and cultivate critical design experimentation advancing the agenda of urban sustainability.
The MUD is a post-professional degree invested in the conceptualization of the complex global processes of urban transformation.
MUD students come from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds at different stages of their professional careers. Graduates have pursued successful careers in academia or in professional practice and maintain a strong alumni network. The program requires 45 academic credits spread over three semesters
Admission requirements: Professional diplomas in architecture, landscape architecture and land use planning. The Master of Urban Design is an approved field of study in the US government’s official list of STEM fields. When a student graduates in an area from the list of STEM fields, he or she may be eligible for the 24-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension. The OPT is defined as practical work experience in your field of study after graduation.
Fall term: August 29, 2022 to December 18, 2022
Winter term: January 4, 2023 to April 30, 2023
Fall term: August 28, 2023 to December 16, 2023
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