Master of Urban Design

Application Deadline:
January 15

Portfolio Deadline:
January 15

Enrollment Deposit and Intent to Enroll Deadline:
April 15

/ Eligibility

Applicants for the Master of Urban Design (M.U.D.) degree, should already possess one (or more) of the following degrees:

  1. 5-year Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, and Bachelor of Urban Planning
  2. Master of Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Urban Planning, or their international equivalent.

Through their application materials, applicants must show evidence of excellence in the design of the physical environment, as well as a commitment to the study of advanced topics in urbanism. Professional design and planning experience will be viewed favorably.

/ Apply

The application fee for U.S. citizens and permanent residents is $75, and the fee for international students is $90 (U.S. funds). The application fee is paid online, via credit card, before the application is submitted. The application is submitted electronically to Taubman College.

Information Session

The Master of Science in Architecture Design and Research (M.S.) is an advanced, post-professional degree, featuring a concentration in Digital and Material Technologies. The degree is offered by Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and the Rackham Graduate School.

/ Taubman College Fee Waivers

Taubman College is able to provide support to a limited number of Master of Urban Design applicants. We offer waivers of the required application fee, upon request, to U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents that fit one of the following criteria:

  • Teach for America (current volunteer or alumni)
  • Peace Corps alumni
  • AmeriCorps alumni
  • Active U.S. Military
  • U.S. Military Veteran
  • Significant financial need
  • American Indian and Alaskan Native
  • Undocumented or DACAmented Students
  • National Organizations Affiliation

To request an application fee waiver, complete the Architecture Fee Waiver Request Form. After you submit your request, you will receive an email from asking for a Letter of Verification or other documentation from your organization that includes dates of service. Upon receipt of the Letter of Verification, Taubman staff will confirm eligibility and determine if a waiver is available.  If approved, you will receive a fee waiver code via email with additional instructions.

In certain circumstances, you may be eligible for an application fee waiver administered by Taubman College.

  • Review our list of fee waiver types administered by Taubman College, along with their criteria. If you do not qualify for a fee waiver, you will be required to pay the application fee at the time you submit your application.
  • If eligible, only one fee waiver per applicant.
  • Taubman College has a limited number of fee waivers, therefore requests are on a first come first serve basis.
National Organizations Affiliation Fee Waiver

Requirements for Eligibility

-You must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
-You must be a member of one of the following organizations:

  • Current Volunteer with Vista/Peace Corps or AmeriCorps
  • Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair)
  • National Organization Minority Architects (NOMA)


  • Request an official verification document or letter from the organization before you are ready to submit your application.
  • Email the official verification document (proof of membership) to Do not mail or fax.
Need Based Waivers

Enrolled Undergraduate Senior or Graduate Student Currently Receiving Federal Financial Aid from a U.S. College or University.

Requirements for Eligibility

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • An enrolled/current undergraduate college senior or graduate student currently receiving financial aid from an institution in the United States, Puerto Rico, or U.S. territory.
  • Estimated family contribution (EFC) listed on the Student Aid Report (SAR) is less than $1,500. The Student Aid Report is provided after the FAFSA is submitted.


  • Email a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) page one only to Do not mail or fax the proof of eligibility to Taubman College Admissions.
  • The Student Aid Report can be obtained by using the FSA ID number and choosing Student Aid Report (SAR).
American Indian and Alaskan Native

Requirements for Eligibility

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Your race must be American Indian or Alaskan Native

For more information, email Taubman College Admissions at

Undocumented or DACAmented Students

Requirements for Eligibility

  • Applicant has Undocumented or DACAmented immigrant status.

​For more information, email Taubman College Admissions at

/ Statement of Purpose

Please write a concise statement outlining your reasons for applying to the master’s degree program and why your application should be favorably considered. The essay should be 600 words and clearly communicate your past experiences and future goals to the admissions committee, preferably addressing the following suggested topics:

  1. Personal Background (150 words): This section might give an overview of your personal background and how this impacted your academic and professional aspirations.
  2. Education / Professional Experience (150 words): This section might give an overview of your educational background and professional experience. It might answer the following questions:


    • What are your current areas of study, emphasis and specialization and the reasons behind those interests?
    • What experience (academic / research / professional work / volunteer work) had the most significant impact on your overall development?
    • What strengths and weaknesses do you perceive in reaching your future goals?
  3. Intent to study Urban Design (150 words): This section might introduce the reasons why you want to study Urban Design and how the program can support your further career objectives and long-term goals. It might answer the following questions:


    • Why did you choose to apply to the MUD program?
    • What do you want to learn / gain from the program?
    • How do you anticipate the degree will support your career objectives and long-term goals?
  4. Intent to study at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning (150 words): This section might introduce the reasons that led you to apply to Taubman College and why the school would be a good fit to support your learning objectives. It might answer the following questions:


    • What led you to apply to Taubman College?
    • What specific resources of the college are you most interested in and why? This can be specific courses, learning / working with specific faculty, or specific research opportunities.

/ Resume

Please upload an up-to-date resume with your online application. A good curriculum vitae or resume will give us another view of who you are and elaborate your strengths and skills outside of the classroom, showcasing your accomplishments. In addition to your educational experience, student resume should contain professional experiences, other jobs you have held, a list of groups or organizations that you are involved in, programming languages or other computer skills you have, community involvement or volunteer work that you do. Think of your resume as another opportunity to tell us about yourself.

/ Portfolio

Master of Urban Design applicants are required to submit a portfolio. Slides, CDs, URLs, and hard copy materials will not be accepted.

The portfolio is required and is submitted through Slideroom. There is a $6 fee to submit your portfolio.

Portfolio Content Guidelines

  • The first page of the portfolio (cover page-required) must include the following information
    • Your last name, first name
    • State you are a MUD applicant
    • email address
  • The portfolio must be formatted together in one Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)
  • There are no specified page dimensions or formats, but please note that portfolios will be reviewed electronically on a variety of screens and devices. Please ensure that all text and images will be legible in a variety of contexts. Portfolios may be no longer than 30 pages total and no larger than 20 MB. Portfolios that exceed these sizes may not be reviewed. Your portfolio will not be reviewed if you upload individual pages. Application processing time may increase if your file is incorrectly titled or if a cover page is not included.

Generative AI

Generative AI is emerging as a tool in the design process. Work produced using generative AI is permitted to be included in the portfolio only if images are clearly labeled and identified.

Any work not fully authored by the applicant that is not clearly identified will not be eligible for review consideration by the admissions committee.

Please remember, the admissions committee will only review electronic submissions and will not accept:

  • hard copy original work or portfolios
  • actual physical models or other three-dimensional objects (photographs of 3-D work are acceptable)
  • slides
  • videotapes
  • folded materials/blueprints
  • Powerpoint or word files
  • electronic media (CDs, DVDs, disks) other than those submitted as a PDF

Portfolio Submission:

/ Other Required Information


Applicants will scan and upload an unofficial transcript or certified credentials (scanned from original transcripts) from all universities, colleges, community colleges, study abroad, and summer programs attended. Taubman College only requires official transcripts from those students accepting our offer of admission.

Letters of Recommendation

Three (3) letters of recommendation are required and should testify to your academic and professional capacity and promise. If possible, two of these should come from former professors.

Letter of Recommendation submission options (PDF)

Graduate Record Examination Scores

Effective for 2022 applicants and beyond, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are no longer required nor considered for admission to all graduate programs at Taubman College.

English Proficiency / TOEFL / IELTS

All non-native English speakers must take either the TOEFL, or the IELTS. Scores must be no older than two years old to be valid. Non-native English speakers who have earned their degree from a university, where English is the primary language of instruction, are not required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS. U.S. citizenship does not exempt applicants from taking the test if his/her native language is not English. Students only need to take one of the above listed tests. Taubman College does not admit students that have not met minimum score requirements.

TOEFL Examination (International Students Only)

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition are the approved English proficiency tests required of all non-native English speakers. Information about the TOEFL/iBT Special Home Edition including test dates and locations can be found at Please contact ETS ( and have an official score report sent to the University of Michigan (Institution code 1839, department code 12) at least 4-6 weeks prior to the application deadline. TOEFL/iBT scores must be no older than two years old to be valid. Please take note that the minimum requirement is: 95 iBT. If you have taken the TOEFL exam and not achieved the minimum score we encourage you retake the exam to meet the minimum requirement. Taubman College does not admit students that have not met minimum score requirements.

IELTS Examination (International Students Only)

The International English Language Testing System exam is another English proficiency tool required of all non-native English speakers. Information about the IELTS including test dates and locations can be found at Please have IELTS send an official score report electronically to the University of Michigan. IELTS scores must be no older than 2 years to be valid. The minimum requirement for the IELTS test is 7.0. If you have taken the IELTS exam and have not achieved the minimum score, you must continue to take the test until you reach 7.0 to be considered for admission. Taubman College does not admit students that have not met minimum score requirements.

ELI 530

Students who are non–native English speakers and do not have a four-year degree from an English-medium institution are required to take and successfully complete ELI 530, a two-credit hour architecture-specific English course offered by the English Language Institute (ELI) at U-M in their first fall term. ELI 530 is taken in addition to their regular architecture coursework and does not count toward degree requirements.

/ International Student Information

Financial Certification / I-20 / VISA

If you need an F-1 or J-1 visa, the University of Michigan is required by the U.S. government to obtain documentation proving that international applicants (non-U.S. Citizens) have adequate financial resources to provide for their expenses while in the United States. Taubman College Admissions is the U-M office that will prepare your I-20 or DS-2019 after you have provided the required documents.

Taubman College will request your Financial Certification form and financial documentation AFTER you have accepted your admission offer. We recommend that you begin the process of gathering all the required financial documentation and create one file to upload.

Within 6 weeks of Taubman College receiving your financial certification, you will receive an invitation to set-up your M-Passport account to retrieve your I-20. Please note, students enrolled in dual degree or the Rackham Graduate School will follow different instructions.

The estimated financial certification for the 2023-2024 academic year is $82,108 USD. 

The final tuition rates will be set in July and an exact figure will be available then. The Taubman College Admission Committee does not consider the financial certification form when making decisions regarding scholarships and admission to the College.

When to Make Your Travel Arrangements

Regarding Your Reporting Date

  1. Make your travel arrangements after you have been informed of the reporting date on your immigration document (I-20 or DS-2019). The reporting date will appear in Wolverine Access after your immigration document is issued. The reporting date will not be changed to accommodate personal reasons or plane reservations.
  2. The reporting date on your immigration document is determined by the federal immigration regulations and allows you to participate in university activities and the mandatory International Center SEVIS check-in before classes begin.
  3. You are allowed to enter the U.S. no earlier than 30 days prior to the reporting date on the immigration document.
  4. You may be prohibited entry into the U.S. at an immigration checkpoint if you arrive after the reporting date indicated on your immigration document.

Regarding Your Visa

  1. Make a visa appointment after you receive your immigration document (I-20 or DS-2019).
  2. Complete the U-M International Center’s Visa Assistance Web Form if you experience a delay in receiving your visa.

Health Check and Immunizations for International Students

The University of Michigan does require certain entering international students to be screened for tuberculosis (TB) upon arrival on campus. The University Health Service has detailed information on this requirement. Screening will be free, confidential and treatment will have minimal cost. For more information, please e-mail

The University of Michigan does not require immunizations. However, it is recommended that students come to school fully immunized to protect their health. Immunizations are one of the most effective public health measures in preventing communicable diseases. Immunization recommendations can be found at University Health Service (UHS).

/ Undocumented and DACAmented Students

Tuition Costs and Funding

Can undocumented or DACAmented students qualify for in-state tuition at the University of Michigan?
In state residency is determined by the Registrar’s Office and may be granted if the student attended Michigan schools and graduated high school in the state of Michigan within the last 28 months, regardless of the student’s citizenship status. If you believe that you should be granted in-state tuition, you should file an application for Resident Classification or an appeal with the Appeal Committee.

Please Read: Information on legal developments regarding DACA as of January 11, 2018

In October 2015, the U.S. Department of Education released a Resource Guide Supporting Undocumented Youth: A Guide for Success in Secondary and Postsecondary Settings. Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning is committed to supporting undocumented and DACAmented graduate students. Below are resources available throughout the University of Michigan and answers to questions you may have.

/ Application Status and Evaluation

Checking Application Status

Applicants can verify application data and status online approximately 10 – 15 days after their application is submitted. The admissions office, will send an email to each applicant that include’s the University of Michigan Identification Number (UMID). You will need to use a login ID and password to confirm some personal data before viewing your application status. Student Service staff will try to keep all materials received current. However, please allow sufficient time for processing before contacting the office.

For Applicants Who are Current Students or Employees: Log into Wolverine Access using your existing University of Michigan Uniqname and password, click New and Prospective Student Business.

For Applicants New to the University:

About five business days after you submit your application you will receive an email confirming that Taubman has downloaded your application from ApplyWeb. This email will direct you to set up your friend account.

  1. Go to the Friend Account Request Form and enter your email address.
  2. You will receive a confirmation email with a link to create your friend account.
  3. For more information, see the Information and Technology Services website.

Please allow 10-15 business days for your application status to update.


Applications will not be evaluated until all credentials have been received and the application fee has been paid. Applications missing credentials cannot be guaranteed a review by the admissions committee. Eligible applicants are considered for admission on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Quality and content of all previous academic education
  2. Evidence of professional commitment and direction, including statement of purpose, resume, letters of recommendation, portfolio, etc.
  3. IELTS or TOEFL test scores (if applicable)
  4. The number of openings available
  5. The suitability of the program to the applicant’s area of interest


As part of the competitive process of evaluation, the Admissions Committee will conduct personal interviews with each applicant.  We will reach out after the deadline to arrange a skype interview once your application has been reviewed.

Using Wolverine Access

Through your Wolverine Access account you will be able to:

  • Verify the application information you submitted, including, portfolio, test dates and scores, and letter of recommendation that are received.
  • View the transcripts representing a Bachelor’s, Master’s, Professional, and/or Doctoral degree that are received.
  • Receive your admission decision.
  • Update your address, phone number, and e-mail address.

Allow 5 business days, after creating your account, to verify that your application and materials have been received in Wolverine Access.

Notification of Acceptance

Applicants will be notified of their admission status by late-February or early March. If you are admitted, you will be able to see that you have been recommended for admission by the Architecture Program via the online web application status. Notification letters will be sent via email. Any merit scholarship award decisions made by the Architecture Program will be noted in the letter of admission.

Admitted students are invited to Preview Weekend held in late March. Preview Weekend is an opportunity for admitted students to visit Taubman College, meet faculty and students, tour the facilities, campus, and Ann Arbor, and attend Taubman College events. Further details will be provided in the letter of admission.

Enrollment Deposit Requirement

Students choosing to accept admission to the Master of Architecture must pay a $500 enrollment deposit. Payment may be completed online by echeck through Wolverine Access, credit card, or in the form of a check or money order (in US dollars) made payable to University of Michigan. This deposit reserves your space in the program. The $500 payment will be credited to your student account and applied toward your tuition. Deadline for receiving your acceptance and enrollment deposit is April 15th.

Residency Classification

Residency Classification Guidelines have been developed to ensure that decisions about whether a student pays in-state or out-of-state tuition are fair and equitable. Applicants for admission or enrolled students who believe they are Michigan residents understand they may be required to complete an Application for Resident Classification and provide additional information to document their residency status. Please see the University of Michigan Residency Classification Guidelines.

/ Paying for your Degree

Making decisions about the next step in your educational journey is a time full of opportunity and potential; however, it may also be accompanied by concerns regarding paying for your degree. There are numerous financial resources to help you manage tuition and living expenses.

/ Questions

Contact Admissions at