The Master of Science in Urban and Environmental Design (MUED) is a one-year program that examines fundamental principles of policy, planning, and design in urban, rural, and small-town contexts with a focus on emerging urban and environmental problems. Students explore the history and theory of urban and environmental design, develop visualization and graphic representation skills, and examine strategies for creating sustainable communities. A studio-based curriculum highlights the importance of collaboration with diverse stakeholders and relationships between theory and practice. Elective courses examine community planning, research methods, and policy-based solutions. A required thesis provides the opportunity to investigate a significant design problem in depth. MUED recipients who obtain four years of experience in professional planning will be eligible to sit for the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) exam. Those who obtain AICP certification and four additional years of planning experience will be eligible to sit for the AICP Certified Urban Designer (AICPCUD) exam.
The Master of Science in Urban and Environmental Design accepts applicants from a wide range of backgrounds. Students who hold an undergraduate degree in a design discipline are required to complete 30 credit hours (2 semesters and 1 summer). Those without design backgrounds take an introductory course and a studio primer (eight credit hours total) during the summer preceding the start of the regular curriculum. This results in a 38-credit-hour program that can be completed in 2 semesters and 2 consecutive summers.
Urban and Environmental Design (MS) Master's Degree - Application Requirements
|CV Upload Required||Yes|
|CV Instructions||A current resume is required.|
|Personal Statement Required||Yes|
|Personal Statement Instructions||Please describe the reasons for your interest in pursuing a graduate degree in urban and environmental design and the aspects of the field that interest you most. Statements should be 2,500 words or less.|
|Writing Sample Required||Yes|
|Writing Sample Instructions||Samples of professional writing or academic papers are preferred.|
|Additonal Docs Instructions||Applicants who have a portfolio of visual materials to submit are encouraged to do so.|
|GRE or GMAT||GRE|
|GRE Subject Test||Required|
|Spring App Deadline||Applications not accepted.|
|Summer App Deadline||March 1|
|Fall App Deadline||March 1|
|Number of Recommendations||3 Letters of Recommendation|
Program requirements may change at any time. Contact the DGS of your intended program to confirm requirements.