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Master of Architecture / Master of Urban Design

As an interdisciplinary school, Taubman College encourages students to explore interests outside of architecture and urban and regional planning, the college offers students opportunities to pursue combined degrees.

Program Overview

The MArch 2G / MUD Dual Degree is an advanced course of study in the program of Architecture. Spanning traditional disciplinary boundaries, the degree fosters experimental architectural and urban design approaches in the study of contemporary urban phenomena. During their studies, students gain a broad range of skills, and courses integrate architectural design, real estate and public finance, urban governance, design culture, environmental stewardship, and the humanities. Building on those areas of inquiry, the design studio sequence curates the development of analytical, projective and speculative design work addressing complex urban dynamics, globally.

The MArch/MUD Dual Degree combines the two-year/60 credit hour (4 terms) MArch professional degree with the three semester /45 credit hour (3 terms) MUD post-professional degree. The resulting 6-term/87 credit hour program of study, includes 18 double counted credit hours. Graduates with the dual degree are highly qualified professionals who pursue careers in academia, at a wide range of private and public agencies and in non-profit organizations.

Course of Study

There are three paths for admission in the MArch / MUD Dual Degree: (1) Students may be admitted to the MArch degree and then apply to the MUD degree during the first year of MArch study; (2) Students may be admitted to the MUD (with a previous professional degree) and then apply to the MArch degree during the first year of MUD study; (3) Students may apply for admission to both the MArch and MUD programs simultaneously and decide which one to start with (if students have a previous professional degree). Since the MUD is a post-professional degree, the two degrees will be awarded concurrently.

 

Degree Requirements

The dual MArch/MUD degree requires the completion of a minimum of 87 credit hours. Specifically, a student must complete:

Students may apply for admission to both the MArch and MUD programs simultaneously, or apply to the MUD program while in residence during the first year of the MArch.

  • A minimum of 45 credit hours of required and core Arch courses: 24 credits of the studio sequence (Arch 552, Arch 562, Arch 672, Arch 662) and 21 credit hours of required architecture courses (Arch 515– Sustainable Systems, Arch 516- Architectural Representation, Arch 527- Integrative Systems, Arch 537– Fabrication, Arch 572-Architectural Theory and Criticism, Arch 583- Professional Practice, and Arch 660-Thesis Development Seminar).
  • A minimum of 33 credit hours of urban design UD courses: 18 credits of the urban design studio sequence (UD 712, UD 722, UD 732), and 15 credit hours of required UD courses (UD 713- Histories of Urban Form, UD 714- Representation, UD 715- Theories and Methods in Urban Design, and the City and Urban Design, UD 716- Urban Economics, Finance, and City Making, UD 718- The City and Urban Design: History, Movements, Policies and Outcomes).
  • Sufficient urban design courses to satisfy the other distributional requirements for the MUD program of study: a 3 credit hour elective on Sustainability Landscape or Ecology, and a 3 credit hour elective on Law, Policy and Institutions.

A total 18 credit hours may be double-counted toward the two degrees and students must earn a cumulative GPA of "B" in each unit. The courses are:

  Arch 515 Sustainable Systems (3 credits)
  Arch 516 / UD 714 Representation (3 credits)
  Arch 562 / UD 722 Architectural Design (6 credits)
  Arch 662 / UD 732 Architectural Thesis (6 credits)

Sample Course Sequence

The following sequence presents a sample or representative array of courses that would satisfy the dual degree program of study. Applicants interested in undertaking the dual degree program of study should confer with the chair and director of the MArch and MUD program degrees to discuss course options. Once enrolled in the dual degree program of study, the student is responsible for ensuring that all degree requirements have been met and should confer with academic advisors regularly during his/her studies accordingly.

Sample Course Sequence Option A: Starts with MUD

Year 1 Graduate Study
Fall Term   Credit Hours
- UD 712 UD Studio I 6
- UD 713 History of Urban Design 3
- UD 714/Arch 516 Representation 3
- Arch 515 Sustainable Systems 3
Total   15
Winter Term   Credit Hours
- Arch 562/UD722 Arch Design (Propositions)/UD Studio II 6
- UD 715 Theories and Methods in Urban Design 3
- UD 716 Urban Economics, Finance & City Making 3
- Elective Policy Directed Elective 3
Total   15
Year 2 Graduate Study
Fall Term   Credit Hours
- Arch 552 Arch Design (Institutions) 6
- Arch 537 Fabrication (or elective) 3
- UD 717 The City and Urban Design 3
- Elective   3
Total   15
Winter Term   Credit Hours
- Arch 562/UD 722 Arch Design (Propositions)/UD Studio II 6
- Arch 537 Fabrications (or elective) 3
- Arch 572 Architecture Theory & Criticism 3
- Elective   3
Total   15
Year 3 Graduate Study
Fall Term   Credit Hours
- Arch 672 Arch Design (Systems) 6
- Arch 527 Integrative Systems 3
- Arch 583 Professional Practice (or elective) 3
- Arch 660 Thesis Prep 3
Total   15
Winter Term   Credit Hours
- Arch 662/UD 732 Architectural Design Thesis 6
- Arch 583 Professional Practice (or elective) 3
- Elective   3
Total   12

Sample Course Sequence Option B: Starts with MArch

Year 1 Graduate Study
Fall Term   Credit Hours
- Arch 552 Arch Design (Institutions) 6
- Arch 537 or 516 Fabrication or Representation 3
- Arch 515 Sustainable Systems 3
- Elective   3
Total   15
Winter Term   Credit Hours
- Arch 562/UD722 Arch Design (Propositions)/UD Studio II 6
- Arch 537 or 516 Fabrication or Representation 3
- Arch 572 Architecture Theory & Criticism 3
- Elective   3
Total   15
Year 2 Graduate Study
Fall Term   Credit Hours
- UD 712 UD Studio I 6
- UD 713 History of Urban Design 3
- Arch 583 Professional Practice (or elective) 3
- Elective   3
Total   15
Winter Term   Credit Hours
- UD 716 Urban Economics, Finance & City Making 3
- UD 715 Theories and Methods in Urban Design 3
- Elective Policy Directed Elective 3
- Electives   6
Total   15
Year 3 Graduate Study
Fall Term   Credit Hours
- Arch 672 Arch Design (Systems) 6
- Arch 527 Integrative Systems 3
- UD 717 The City and Urban Design 3
- Arch 660 Thesis Prep 3
Total   15
Winter Term   Credit Hours
- Arch 662/UD 732 Architectural Design Thesis 6
- Arch 583 Professional Practice (or elective) 3
- Elective   3
Total   12

Admission Requirements

Students must file separate applications to and be admitted by both programs. An application fee must accompany each application. Each program will apply its own standards in making admission decisions. Applicants may apply to both the MArch and MUD programs simultaneously, or they may apply first to the MArch program and then, if admitted, apply to the MUD program during their first year of MArch graduate study.

Contact

Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Graduate Architecture Admissions
2000 Bonisteel Blvd.
Phone: (734) 615-0431