For students entering Fall 2017

(required courses for students who entered in Fall 2016)

16 units required courses:

4 units  DES-3348  The Idea of Environment
4 units  DES-3356  Field Methods and Living Collections
4 units  DES-3369  Spaces of Solidarity (offered Spring 2018)
4 units  SCI-6322  Mapping: Geographic Representation and Speculation

28-32 units of elective courses (see suggestions below, total dependent upon chosen track)

In the second semester, students will elect which track to follow to complete the program:

3 Semester Track: Qualifying Paper – Total 48 units
16 units electives or remaining requirements
Qualifying Paper


4 Semester Track: Open Projects – Total 56 units
12 units electives or remaining requirements
4 units ADV-9306 Open Project I
8 units ADV-9307 Open Project II

Suggested Electives for Risk & Resilience

Fall 2017

HarvardX Course: Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster
this free, online course is strongly suggested for Risk & Resilience students

VIS-2129 Spatial Analysis and the Built Environment

HIS-4115 History and Theory of Urban Interventions

SES-5371 Environment, Politics, and Action

SES-5466 The Spatial Politics of Land: A Comparative Perspective

SES-5497 Public Space

SCI-6349 Mapping II: Geosimulation

MIT Urban Ecology: Plants, People and Climate Change

Spring 2018

DES-3346 Transitional Urban Conditions: Rethinking Old Categories

SES-5369 Resilience and Adaptation Science: From Theory to Practice

SES-5502 Urban Governance and the Politics of Planning in the Developing World