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MArch I and MUP Concurrent Degree
9 semesters (4 ½ years)

First Term (MArch I first term core)
GSD 1101         First Semester Core Studio: PROJECT (8 units)
GSD 2121         Visual Studies (2 units)
GSD 2122         Projective Representation in Architecture (2 units)
GSD 4121         Buildings, Texts, and Contexts (4 units)
GSD 6121         Construction Lab (2 units)
GSD 6122         Energy in Architecture (2 units)

Second Term (MArch I second term core)
GSD 1102         Second Semester Core Studio: SITUATE (8 units)
GSD 4122         Buildings, Texts, and Contexts (4 units)
GSD 6123         Construction Systems (4 units)
GSD 6125         Environmental Systems in Architecture (4 units)

Third Term (MArch I third term core)
GSD 1201         Third Semester Core Studio: INTEGRATE (8 units)
GSD 2223 or GSD 2224 Digital Media (4 units)
GSD 4223         Buildings, Texts, and Contexts (4 units)
GSD 6227         Structural Design I (4 units)

Fourth Term (MArch I fourth term core)
GSD 1202         Fourth Semester Core Studio: RELATE (8 units)
GSD 6229         Structural Design II (4 units)
GSD 7212         Issues in the Architectural Practice and Ethics (4 units)
Electives           Distributional or General Electives**  (4 units)

Fifth Term (MUP first term core)
GSD 1121        First Semester Core Urban Planning Studio (8 units)
GSD 4115        History and Theory of Urban Interventions (4 units)
GSD 2129        Spatial Analysis and Representation **** (4 units)
GSD 5203        Markets and Market Failures ­*** (4 units)

Sixth Term (MUP second term core)
GSD 1122        Second Semester Core Urban Planning Studio (8 units)
GSD 5103        Public and Private Development (4 units)
GSD 5215        Analytic Methods of Urban Planning: Quantitative*** (2 units)
GSD 5216        Analytic Methods of Urban Planning: Qualitative*** (2 units)
Electives           Distributional or General Electives**  (4 units)

Seventh Term (MArch + MUP option studio/electives)
Studio Option* (8 units)
GSD 6230         Cases in Contemporary Construction (4 units)
GSD 5201        Urban Politics, Planning, and Development*** (4 units)
or GSD 5206    Land Use and Environmental Law*** (4 units)
Electives           Distributional or General Electives**  (4 units)

Eighth Term (MArch + MUP option studio/electives)
Studio Option* (8 units)
Electives           Distributional or General Electives**  (12 units)

Ninth Term (MArch + MUP thesis/electives)
GSD 9301         Independent Design Thesis (12 units)
Electives           Distributional or General Electives** (8 units)

* A minimum of one studio option must be taken from those offered by the Department of Architecture.

** Students are required to fulfill the following distributional electives:

  • 8 units of advanced history electives
  • 4 units of non-Western electives
  • 4 units of professional practice electives
  • 12 units fulfilling a MUP concentration

An approved list of distributional electives and courses meeting the various MUP concentrations is posted each term by each department. Please note that some courses may count toward the satisfaction of two distributional electives. For example, an advanced history course may also fulfill a non-Western requirement, or an architecture distributional elective may also count towards completing a MUP concentration, thus opening up a free elective.

General electives may be fulfilled through any course at the GSD or cross-registered courses at Harvard schools, MIT, or the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts.

*** Courses meeting MUP methods requirements are shown in a recommended sequence, but it is not required that they be taken in the precise sequence shown. In some cases, students may waive a required course by passing an exemption exam, or an alternative course may be approved as a substitute by the faculty member advising the subject area and the program director.

**** GSD 2129 may be partly or fully waived for those who have completed a year of architecture (note, it includes GIS content not covered in the architecture program).

 

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