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Master of Urban Design (M.U.D.)

The Master of Urban Design (M.U.D.) degree focuses on megacity and post-industrial metropolitan regions.

Important Dates & Information:

Application Deadline: January 15 
Intent to Enroll Deadline: April 15
Visit the Master of Urban Design admissions page to apply

The Master of Urban Design (M.U.D.) degree focuses on megacity and post-industrial metropolitan regions. The degree approaches urbanism from a metropolitan scale with studio projects prompting both analytical and speculative work related to infrastructure, urban housing, and precinct-scale development in a single city. Globally-engaged and grounded in practice, the degree builds upon participants’ own design-based educational and professional experiences to introduce new knowledge in urban real estate, cultural humanities, and ecological consciousness to address complex problems facing global cities. Urbanism and the cultural humanities share an imperative to reflect cultural production while also projecting new notions of what individual and collective life could be. Urban real estate is positioned between the dynamics of private capital, public capital and the public good. Ecological consciousness at the metropolitan scale is articulated as a cultural imperative embedded in informal and formal landscapes, infrastructure and complex systems. 

Urban design is posited as the synthesis of complex and overlapping systems of thought. As such, diverse contemporary and historical design methodologies are rigorously investigated for their potentials and pitfalls. The degree opens up new ground in its approach to catalyzing urban development through a range of methods that may utilize cultural formations and indigenous cultural production as a way of introducing new morphologies of urbanism and new building and spatial typologies.

International curriculum

The M.U.D. degree supports travel to the selected metropolitan region twice during the year-long course of study. International travel brings participants into direct contact with the communities and persons for whom they will be designing. 
It cultivates critical thinking and cultural competency.

Urbanism in a professional context

Taubman College supports research and professional activities that include: Michigan-Mellon Project on Egalitarianism and the Metropolis — a 4-year research initiative on urbanization in Detroit, Rio de Janeiro, and Mexico City; Urban Development Now — an annual symposium featuring global leaders in urban real estate and development; Research on the City — a competitive faculty research grant program fostering interdisciplinary research on urban topics; Taubman College Lecture Series — engaging lectures by global leaders on contemporary topics; and M.U.D. Colloquium — informal student-led topical discussions on real estate and development.

Admission Materials