The architecture program at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan recognizes the multiplicity and changing nature of future roles open to the architect. Whatever the exact nature of these roles, the program is designed to prepare students to perceive the ordered relationship of people and their environment and to translate this order into design for the enrichment of human experience.
Taubman College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture. The undergraduate program culminates in a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) and the graduate program culminates in a Master of Architecture degree (M.Arch.). In addition, the program also offers a Ph.D. in Architecture, a Master of Urban Design (M.U.D.), and a Master of Science in Architecture (M.S.). Undergraduate students may apply directly as freshmen or transfer in as junior level students. The graduate program is open to students who have already earned undergraduate degrees in architecture (2-year M.Arch.), as well as those who received undergraduate degrees from other disciplines (3-year M.Arch.). Dual degrees and graduate certificates are also available.
Urban and Regional Planning
The Urban and Regional Planning Program offers a professional Master of Urban Regional Planning (M.U.R.P.), a Ph.D. in Urban Regional Planning, as well as several dual degree options. Also available through the program is a Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development, Graduate Certificate in Healthy Cities, and Graduate Certificate in Urban Informatics.
The urban planning profession is concerned with the human and physical environments of cities and regions. A primary goal of the profession is to improve the quality of life in places—whether neighborhoods, cities, metropolitan regions, rural settlements, or larger regions—anywhere in the world. In pursuing this goal, graduate students acquire knowledge in the areas of: 1. An understanding of cities and regions, including the interrelationship between their social, economic, and political systems and their spatial patterns; 2. An awareness of the techniques for analyzing cities and regions and for developing plans and programs for their future; and, 3. The formulation of future development policies, especially as the process involves identifying problems, establishing objectives, generating and evaluating alternative plans, and implementing them.