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Academic Opportunities

Important Dates & Information:

Application Deadline: January 15 
Intent to Enroll Deadline: April 15

Visit the Master of Urban Design admissions page to apply


Taubman College supports academic, professional and extracurricular activities for M.U.D students to take full advantage from the unique resources offered by the University of Michigan. Similarly, students are encouraged to explore additional academic opportunities.

Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development

The Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development offers graduate students the opportunity to supplement their major areas of study with deeper knowledge about implementation, real estate and finance. The program is a stand-alone certificate that integrates disciplines that shape the built environment and enhance the quality of life. Note that the completion of the certificate may require additional semesters of study for M.U.D. students.

Graduate Certificate in Healthy Cities

Creating cities to promote public health is an interdisciplinary endeavor. The Graduate Certificate in Healthy Cities provides University of Michigan graduate students with the language, skills, and competencies needed to engage in cross-disciplinary collaborations among public health workers, policy makers, and city planners to promote human health in urban contexts. Note that the completion of the certificate may require additional semesters of study for M.U.D. students.

Taubman College / UM Lecture Series and Symposia

Every semester, Taubman College brings a robust group of guests to present their practice and scholarly work. Ranging in their areas of expertise and their models of research and creative practice, the lecture series instigate the exchange of ideas that shapes the contemporary discourses of architecture and urbanism. In addition to the myriad of activities sponsored by Taubman College, M.U.D students are encouraged to attend to additional academic offerings in other units in North and Central Campus.

Michigan/Mellon Project on Egalitarianism and the Metropolis

This is a 4-year academic and research initiative focused on architecture, urbanism and humanities research in Detroit, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro. It is made possible by a $1.3 million grant from the A. W. Mellon Foundation. The project allows design theory and practice to inform and be informed by questions of social justice, social movements and transformative creative arts movements - both past and present. The project supports courses, symposia, exhibitions, and research colloquia.

ULI Hines Competition

The ULI/Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition offers graduate-level students the opportunity to form their own multidisciplinary teams and engage in a challenging and competitive exercise in urban (re)development.  Awarded with $50,000 to the winning team, students from Taubman College have won the national competition and placed in the top tier of finalists in 2011 and 2012, with honorable mentions in the last two years.

International Institute Fellowships & Grants

The International Institute provides generous support to graduate students for research abroad, international internships, and the study of less commonly taught languages, as well as conference travel and event funding.

Some of the programs that may be of interest to you are:

  • Student Fellowships (IISF)
  • Conference Travel Grants
  • Support for Events
  • Fund for Conferences and Workshops
  • Fund for Performances, Films, and Exhibitions

Visit their website for more details and specific information on programs and deadlines.

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