Program Curriculum

Our Master of Urban Design (MoUD) is a 33-credit-hour master’s degree within the College of Architecture and Design (CoAD). The MoUD builds on two certificate programs in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and Public Interest Design (PID). As a student in the program, you can pursue “stackable” credentials that add up to a degree; the two certificates align with the MoUD curriculum, and the certificates apply toward the MoUD.

This 33-credit-hour program consists of design studios, core theory, and core practice. The curriculum is designed to enable you to complete your coursework completely online in less than two years.

To earn this graduate degree, students complete the following courses totaling 33 credit hours. The program consists of four core courses and two certificates as outlined below:

Core Courses (12 credits)

  • ARC 5714 Urban Design Studio 1 (4 credits)
  • ARC 5682 History of Urban Form (2 credits)
  • ARC 5743 Current Issues in Urban Design (3 credits)
  • ARC 5013 Research Methods (3 credits)

Geographic Information Systems Certificate (9 credits)

  • ARC 5742 Urban Design Methods (2 credits)
  • ARC 5752 Quantitative Methods in Urban Design (2 credits)
  • ARC 5673 Advanced GIS (3 credits)
  • ARC 5672 GIS Practicum (2 credits)

Public Interest Design Certificate (12 credits)

  • ARC 5724 Urban Design Studio 2 (4 credits)
  • ARC 5242 Public Interest Design (2 credits)
  • ARC 5332 Design Ethics (2 credits)
  • ARC 5852 Intro to Community Development (2 credits)
  • ARC 5xx2 Adaptive Reuse & Rehabilitation (2 credits)