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Urban Design

University of Miami

18 months
39834 USD/year
39834 USD/year
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The Master in Urban Design is a three (optional four) semester program at University of Miami that provides students with a design experience investigating the guiding principles for building regions, cities, and communities. 


Key facts

Guided by the imperatives of sustainability and resilience, the program conceptualizes cities as an extension of the ecological transect across the natural to human habitat, providing students with a range of experiences from rural to urban. 

Program Director Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, recognized for her foundational role in the development of the movement called the New Urbanism, leads the program that invites students to explore design, policy and management tools for place-making as a vehicle for improving quality of life in a variety of urban settings.  The impact of the built environment on health, retrofitting the suburban landscape, real estate development as community building, adaptation to climate change, and urban growth and revitalization, are topics prominent in course offerings and faculty research.

The Urban Design program from University of Miami begins in the fall each year with foundation courses in urban design and real estate development, in an Interdisciplinary approach structured by environmental, social and economic goals.  The spring semester intensifies students’ engagement with contemporary urban challenges such as climate resilience, healthy community design, and repair of suburban sprawl.  The summer semester provides a concluding experience that aggregates prior topics in an international setting that challenges the goals of sustainability and resource conservation. 


  • To prepare students for professional leadership and lifelong learning in architecture, urbanism, and related fields. 
  • To preserve and develop knowledge for the profession through research and practice. 
  • To share knowledge locally and internationally through community service. 
  • To promote building and community design goals of environmental responsibility, social equity, and economic sustainability. 

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 
  • Real Estate Development and Planning Laws
  • Urban Design Studio II: urban core, high-density housing, redevelopment, landscape urbanism
  • Housing and Infrastructures
  • ULI Hines Competition and National Charrette Institute
  • Urban Design Studio III: foreign city studio, informal urbanism, climate change issues

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


42 alternative credits
  • 42 - 44 credits 


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed application form with an application fee. This fee is mandatory.
  • A letter or statement expressing your interest in the program and reasons for applying.
  • Official transcripts of all college and university courses taken, indicating the date your professional or other undergraduate degree was awarded. All transcripts must be sent directly from the institution’s registrar.
  • Official GRE or GMAT scores sent directly and TOEFL scores, as applicable.(GRE/GMAT not required for Executive Master of Construction Management)
  • Three academic (and professional, if applicable) letters of recommendation (Two for MRED+U program).
  • Digital and/or printed portfolio.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    39834 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19917 USD per semester during 18 months.
  • National

    39834 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19917 USD per semester during 18 months.

Living costs for Miami

1508 - 2603 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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