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Sustainable Urban Environments

12 months
1804 USD/credit 64944 USD/year
1804 USD/credit 64944 USD/year
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Northeastern University’s Master of Design for Sustainable Urban Environments brings together the allied professional fields of environmental design, landscape architecture, and urban planning. The program offers advanced study and research opportunities in the design of ecologically and economically productive urban environments.


The Master of Design for Sustainable Urban Environments program at Northeastern University seeks to supply graduates for the rapidly growing field of sustainable urbanism. Through a dynamic curricular mix of design, dialogue, and technical courses enriched by diverse interdisciplinary electives, students will learn to be innovative and entrepreneurial creators and managers of next-generation public spaces.

The one-year MDES-SUEN degree is ideal for students wishing to build upon their professional degree by focusing on the unique design and planning topics that define the 21st-century city. Areas of study include advanced training in visualization and digital modeling techniques, workshop-based courses in urban ecology and landscape technologies,  and graduate seminars on sustainable urbanism, resilient cities, and urban policy.

Unique Features

  • For students holding a professional degree in landscape architecture, architecture, or planning
  • Students may opt to do a full- or part-time graduate co-op

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Master’s Research Studio: Design and the Resilient City
  • Master’s Research Studio: Master’s Project
  • Pro-Seminar: Issues in Designed Urban Environments
  • Topics in Urban Environmental Design
  • Urban Ecologies and Technologies
  • Cities, Nature, and Design in Contemporary History and Theory
  • Cities, Sustainability, and Climate Change

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • Priority deadline for scholarship consideration: February 1


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Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application form
  • Application fee
  • Resumé
  • Transcripts for all institutions attended
  • TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo exam scores for international applicants
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Portfolio

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    64944 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1804 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    64944 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1804 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 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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