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Urban Design, M.U.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
    Duration
University rank #201 (WUR) Miami, FL, United States
The Master of Urban Design (M.U.D) program brings together students and faculty in the exploration and guiding principles of urban design for building better regions, cities and communities.

Overview

The Master of Urban Design (M.U.D.) is a three semester program, with the possibility of an optional fourth semester for a Master's design thesis., and is for students with a professional degree in architecture. 

Studios are accompanied with seminars in planning law, history of cities, housing and infrastructure, and theory. The 36-credit track is designed for students with a degree in architecture; however, applicants with a landscape architecture or an accredited planning degree are eligible, subject to satisfactory completion of a required preparation summer course. Students can also opt to develop an additional 6-credit urban design thesis.

The core of the curriculum is the sequence of three Urban Design studios, which prepare graduate students to study and work in major cities and regions of the United States and around the world. Recent studios have focused on the redevelopment of urban spaces in China, Italy, Germany, Colombia, the Near-East, and earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Urban Design Studio I: documentation, urban form, typology, low to middle-density housing
  • Urban Theory
  • History of Cities and Urban Form
  • Visualization and Representation I
  • Introduction to Real Estate Development and Planning Laws
  • Urban Design Studio II: urban core, high-density housing, redevelopment, landscape urbanism
  • Housing and Infrastructures
  • Visualization and Representation II
  • ULI Hines Competition and National Charrette Institute
  • Urban Design Studio III: foreign city studio, informal urbanism, climate change issues
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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
    • Duration description

      The Master of Urban Design (M.U.D.) is a three semester program, with the possibility of an optional fourth semester for a Master's design thesis.

  • Credits
    36-54 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • The University of Miami requires a minimum score of 297 (total of verbal + quantitative) for acceptance into any Graduate School program.

    This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a recommended score range.

    Recommended Analytical Writing score:

    3.5

    The recommended range represents scores typically accepted at this institution. Scores outside the range may still be considered.

    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.

General Requirements

  • The most competitive UM applicants have a bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Complete the online application
  • Official Transcripts
  • Send official Test Scores: Test scores will only be accepted if they are submitted directly from the testing agency
  • Complete the School Report
  • Letter(s) or Recommendation
  • Conduct updates, if applicable
  • Special Programs may ask for additional requirements like a portfolio or/and schedule and audition
  • If applicable, submit your financial aid documents
  • For international students only: Submit official test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1960 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1960 USD per credit and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    1960 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1960 USD per credit and a duration of 18 months.
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Living costs for Miami

  • 1508 - 2610 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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