Architecture and urban design

Columbia University

12 months
88470 USD/year
88470 USD/year
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The Architecture and urban design program offered by Columbia University is a three-semester degree in the multidisciplinary study of cities, regions, infrastructures, and ecosystems.

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The Architecture and urban design program offered by Columbia University focuses on the city as an agent of resilient change and on the role of design in redefining the twenty-first century urban landscape, advancing new paradigms of research, practice, and pedagogy to meet the challenges of climate change, rapid urbanization, and social inequality. Students and faculty in the MSAUD program are united in their attempt to integrate and underscore the essential links between public space, social justice, and ecological systems. The program asks the venerable and necessarily shifting question: what is “the good city?”—reframing the city not as a fixed, delimited territory but as a gradient of varied landscapes supported by networks of food, energy, resources, culture, transportation, and capital.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Urban Design Studio 
  • Digital Techniques for Urban Design
  • Mapping For Architecture Urbanism and Humanities 
  • Metropolitan Sublimes 
  • Cultural Strategies and Production NOW 
  • Narrative Urbanism: Strategic Storytelling For Designers and Planners 
  • Theory of City Form 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


30 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.
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).
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.
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

  • Online Application
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Resumé/CV
  • Transcripts
  • Portfolio
  • All applicants whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL scores (with the exception of Introduction to Architecture applicants). At this time there is no minimum TOEFL score required for admission.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    88470 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 88470 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    88470 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 88470 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.


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