Urban Design

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

12 months
13328 USD/year
13328 USD/year
3252 USD/year
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The Urban Design program of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte can be taken as a stand-alone qualification, or may be combined with a Master of Architecture two-year degree for a dual M.Arch/M.U.D degree. Opportunities also exist for students to craft individually approved curricula combining it with the M.A. in Geography/Community Planning or with the Real Estate (M.S.R.E.) program.


The stand-alone Urban Design program of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte serves two groups of students:

  • Students with an architecture or landscape architecture undergraduate or graduate degree (including a B.Arch five-year degree) and
  • those holding a B.A. or B.S. undergraduate degree or a master’s degree from disciplines other than architecture or landscape architecture.

For those students with an architectural or landscape undergraduate or graduate qualifications, the courses within the program can be completed in one calendar year/three consecutive semesters of full-time enrollment from late August one year to early August the following year (Fall-Spring-Summer).

For students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in planning or other non-design disciplines, the program begins with an intensive second Summer semester experience in the July preceding enrollment in the Fall semester. Students with an interior design background will be evaluated on an individual basis regarding enrollment in this preparatory summer class.

Program Highlights

The M.U.D Program prepares students and professionals to engage complex issues faced by towns and cities across America.  The program uses the fast changing Charlotte metropolitan region as its laboratory to provide students with relevant design skills to influence urban life under the pressures of globalization, environmental change, and cultural diversification.  To emphasize this global perspective, part of the final Summer semester will be based outside the U.S., involving design problems in an international context.

The first semester in the Fall focuses on the fundamental skills and techniques of urban design.  The second semester in the Spring foregrounds issues of urban sustainability, infrastructure, and urban open space.  The third semester during the Summer examines advanced topics through complex urban design problems in locations outside the U.S.  Each semester also includes seminar courses, some of which comprise individual elective choices from a menu of topics in urban design and urban history and theory.

Students with an undergraduate degree from an accredited architectural program may also apply for a 3-year M.Arch/M.U.D dual degree, combining the two-year Master of Architecture program with the 12-month M.U.D program. Details of this dual degree program are noted below and also in the section regarding the Master of Architecture program.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fundamentals of Urban Design Studio
  • Geographic Information System
  • Modern City: Theories and Forms
  • Community Planning Workshop
  • Urban Open Space and Infrastructure Design Studio
  • Vertical Urbanism / Global Urban Design Studio

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




36 alternative credits



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.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It 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.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated 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.
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).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An undergraduate degree with a 2.75 grade point average (GPA) overall, and a junior/senior grade point average of 3.0 overall
  • A Statement of Purpose describing the objectives relative to graduate study
  • The GRE, which is a requirement of the Graduate School, is optional except in cases where a candidate’s undergraduate GPA is below 3.25
  • Bachelor’s degree or its U.S. equivalent, from a college or university accredited by an accepted accrediting body.
  • At least three Recommendation Forms.
  • Unofficial transcripts of all academic work attempted beyond high (secondary) school can be used for admission review. International transcripts provided in a language other than English should be uploaded, but a translated version should be uploaded as well.
  • Official and satisfactory scores on the English language proficiency scores.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13328 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6664 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    13328 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6664 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    3252 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1626 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.


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Urban Design
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