The three-semester Master Course in Urban Management is open for graduates from various disciplines. It has a focus on development situations in the South and transition countries. The course offers training in management approaches that cross the boundaries of isolated professional knowledge and aims to present workable solutions for city management. The issues addressed are related to the most urgent problems of urban development in many countries, including environmental degradation, uncontrolled urban growth, insecure land tenure, substandard housing conditions for the urban poor, and inadequate decision making and local planning systems. Teaching draws on case studies and experience gained by local governments, NGOs, and the private sector. German language courses are offered throughout the first year. The course language is English.
The duration of the Master Course is 3 semesters including a master thesis. Two semesters are reserved for classes at the Technical University Berlin. The third semester is dedicated to further specialization and the preparation of a master thesis. Topics addressing issues derived from problems in the students home countries are encouraged. The program also involves internships in relevant institutions in Germany or abroad.
The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 25 people per course. Most of the students will come from non-European countries. Graduates from Germany and other EU countries planning a career in development organizations are also invited to apply. The course is open to graduates from any country holding a bachelor degree or an equivalent in urban development-related fields. So far our students come from the following countries:
Albania, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Lybia, Nepal, Northern Iraq, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Palestine, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, South Corea and USA.
The Urban Management Master Course was accredited in 2004 and started in the fall of 2005. The internationally recognized Master of Science Degree in Urban Management is awarded for the successful completion of the program.
In 2008, the UM Course was re-accreditated by the ZeVA. The accreditation is valid until 2016.
1st semester: creating a common knowledge base including subjects such as urbanization history and theory, concepts of sustainable development, public administration and management, planning and management methodology, urban economics, urban planning.2nd semester: creating knowledge in core areas of urban management, including subjects such as land management, environmental management, financial management, urban planning techniques, traffic and transportation management, management of infrastructure and public services, urban water, housing.3rd semester: thesis preparation. Theses may be prepared in the participants' home countries with supervision via internet.Internships: Details available on request.
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You need the following TOEFL®PBT score:
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Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the English language.
This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.
The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
Bachelor degree or an equivalent in urban development-related fields
At least 2 years practical experience in a field related to urban management
A good standard of English
At least 2 year(s) of work experience are required.
The fee for the Urban Management Masters course is 11,000 € for three semesters. It covers teaching lessons and materials and the use of services of the TU Berlin such as library and computer facilities.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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