M.Sc. On Campus

Architecture and Urban Design

12 months
62580 USD/year
62580 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Architecture and Urban Design Program at Columbia University is a three-semester degree in the multidisciplinary study of cities, regions, infrastructures, and ecosystems. 


The program 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.

Key Features

  • Students and faculty in the Architecture and Urban Design program at Columbia University 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


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must submit all materials directly, not through an agent or third-party vendor, with the following exceptions: submissions by the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Program and its three partner agencies IIE, LASPAU and AMIDEAST; submissions by the Danish-American Fulbright Commission (DAF); and submissions by Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD). 
  • Failure to submit complete, accurate, and authentic application documents consistent with these instructions may result in denial or revocation of admission, cancellation of academic credit, suspension, expulsion, or eventual revocation of degree. 
  • Applicants may be required to assist admissions staff and faculty involved in admission reviews in the verification of all documents and statements made in documents submitted by students as part of the application review process. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    62580 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 62580 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    62580 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 62580 USD for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Manhattan

2638 - 5751 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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