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Master of Urban Design (M.U.D.)

The Master of Urban Design (M.U.D.) is a post-professional degree in architecture that focuses in the study of global urban phenomena.

Important Dates & Information:

Application Deadline: January 15 
Intent to Enroll Deadline: April 15

Master of Urban Design Online Infosession - December 8
Visit the Master of Urban Design admissions page to apply


The Master of Urban Design  is a post-professional degree in architecture that engages in the conceptualization of the processes of urban transformation globally. Under the theme, "Detroit and the World," the Master of Urban Design approaches the metropolitan region as a breeding ground for the study of complex urban phenomena in Detroit and the Great Lakes Megalopolis. Through a comparative study approach, the degree addresses a diverse range of urban design thought and experimentation informing the work in selected international settings.

The degree approaches urbanism through multiple scales of inquiry with studio projects prompting both analytical and speculative design work related to regional infrastructure and territory, urban housing, public-private development, landscape  processes and civic space.

Urban Design studios introduce new analytical tools and design methods. Through a rigorous research-based approach to the creative process, they propel students toward mastery of the profession. Studios are supported and informed by a suite of elective courses covering a wide range of approaches to urbanism. Students may take full advantage of courses at Taubman College in both the Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning programs as well as across the University of Michigan to fulfill elective requirements. 

Access to our on-site world-class facilities, including the Fabrication Lab and the Geo-Spatial and Numeric Lab,  enable students to advance their own disciplinary interests. Other resources are the Detroit Center and the Research Annex supporting events in Detroit and students collaboration in faculty-led research projects.  

Grounded in practice and globally-engaged, the degree builds upon academic and professional experiences to produce new urban design knowledge integrating real estate and public finance, urban governance, cultural humanities, and environmental stewardship.

The Master of Urban Design (M.U.D) degree involves travel to a variety of metropolitan regions to bring students into direct contact with the communities for whom they will be designing. In their field studies, students exercise their critical thinking skills and cultivate cultural competency as well as a more nuanced examination of local conditions and building practices.