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Master of Urban Design

The Master of Urban Design (M.U.D.) is a 32 credit degree program for those with a degree in architecture or in a related discipline. The MUD is designed to supplement traditional architectural, landscape architecture and planning education with an understanding of the processes of urban development, and with the skills required to the physical shaping of urban places.

Lecture courses and seminars focus on social, cultural and environmental issues, while design workshops and studios develop strategies and solutions for specific urban areas, neighborhoods and landscapes. Interaction with local communities, through the Kent State University Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC), is also an important part of the program.


Intended for applicants holding a bachelor degree in architecture or allied disciplines.

first year

Fall Semester 
UD 55705 Forces That Shape Cities
Economic, socio-political, and cultural factors that have shaped urban form through history, how they impact our cities today and the challenges they will pose for the future
UD 65102 Urban Systems
Urban systems in its socio-economic, environmental and engineering aspects: residential fabric, commercial sector, open spaces network, transportation systems, infrastructures
ARCH 65001 Real Estate and Development
Economic, social, and legal impact of development projects in both public and private sectors
UD 5/6xxxx Elective
(at the CUDC or at the Cleveland State University Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs)

Spring Semester
UD 60703 Urban Design Studio III
Comprehensive study and urban design of an urban area or neighborhood with complex redevelopment, environmental and landscape issues
UD 60705 Capstone Project Preparation
Development of a rationale and program for the independent Capstone Design Project with the assistance of an individual advisor, on a topic of choice
UD 65632 Urban Ecology
Urban habitats and eco-systems: relationships between natural systems and urban design, planning and development

second year

Fall Semester
UD 65101 Community Development Process
Socio-cultural and economic processes of community development in neighborhoods and other socio-administrative set-ups, with analysis of leadership strategies. Preparatory to UD66995 ST: Community Design Charrette
UD 66995 Special Topic: Community Design Charrette
Intensive real world design workshop in cooperation with a community (normally run over a long-weekend)
UD 60704 Urban Design Studio IV (Capstone Project)
Independent urban design project with the assistance of an individual advisor, on a topic of choice
*Additional information regarding courses can be found on
Application Requirements + Advising

If you have questions, please contact:

Ms. Lisa Pozo
Administrative Secretary, CAED Graduate Programs
330-672-3765 -
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