Urban Design

University of North Carolina Charlotte

24 months
23600 USD/year
9600 USD/year
Tuition fee
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We live in the first urban century in history. As urbanization increasingly influences the human environment in both material and social terms, urban design continues to evolve as a cross-discipline creative practice actively engaged in the shaping of the contemporary city with its shifting demography, globalized economy, ubiquitous technology, and complex ecology.

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The Master of Urban Design (MUD) in the School of Architecture at UNC Charlotte is the first urban design program established in the Carolinas to meet the growing demand for expertise in urbanism both locally and globally. This post-professional graduate program explores innovative design, applied research, and transformative policies and implementation strategies in building cities and neighborhoods. It engages professional inquiries of architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, real estate, and engineering and connects with citizens in order to foster environmental and social sustainability. The program’s inclusive admissions policy attracts a diverse group of students interested in pursuing careers in design and planning practice, governmental agency, and non-profit organization. The program also welcomes professionals who seek opportunities for mid-career enhancement.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Fundamentals of Urban Design Studio
  • Urban Open Space and Infrastructure Studio (pr. MUDD 6101) 6
  • Community Planning Workshop
  • Urban Design
  • 19th- and 20th Century Urban History
  • GIS Topics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
3 (required)
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
70 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Graduate School Application
  • Application Fee (payable online)
  • Official transcripts from all previous college-level institution(s)
  • Official GRE test scores (and TOEFL scores if applicable)
  • Statement of Purpose explaining reasons for wanting to study in the School of Architecture
  • Three recommendations from persons familiar with the applicant's personal and professional qualifications
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (.pdf document upload)
  • Portfolio (.pdf document upload)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11800 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    9600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4800 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.


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Urban Design
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