The Master in Urban Planning (MUP) may be taken as a dual degree with any Master in Design Studies (MDes) concentration, provided the student is admitted into both programs.

MUP/MDes Dual Degree with Emphasis on Physical Planning

In addition to the general combination of the MUP with any MDes area, it is possible to use a dual degree in MUP and MDes to pursue advanced training in physical planning, over the course of three years of study. Below are two sample academic schedules that a student emphasizing physical planning might choose, one a dual MUP/MDes in Risk and Resilience, and the other a dual MUP/MDes in Real Estate and the Built Environment. For general information on pursuing concurrent degrees, visit the Concurrent and Joint Degrees page.

MUP/MDes Risk and Resilience

This example potential course sequence includes two option studios and a thesis; one or both option studios could be substituted with 8 units of approved project-based courses. The MUP area of concentration met with this sequence is Environmental Planning. This sample schedule is indicative only; students will determine individual academic plans in consultation with faculty advisors.

First Term

  • 8 units GSD 1121 First Semester Core Urban Planning Studio
  • 4 units GSD 2129 Spatial Analysis and Representation
  • 4 units GSD 4115 History and Theory of Urban Interventions
  • 2 units GSD 5215 Analytic Methods of Urban Planning: Quantitative
  • 2 units GSD 5216 Analytic Methods of Urban Planning: Qualitative

Second Term

  • 8 units GSD 1122 Second Term Core Urban Planning Studio
  • 4 units GSD 5103 Public and Private Development
  • 4 units GSD 5203 Markets and Market Failures
  • 4 units GSD 6322 Mapping: Geographic Representation and Speculation
  • Third Term

    • 8 units Option Studio
    • 4 units GSD 5210 Cities by Design I
    • 4 units GSD 5469 Environmental Planning & Sustainable Development
    • 4 units GSD 9663 Proseminar in Risk and Resilience
    • Fourth Term

      • 8 units Option Studio
      • 4 units GSD 5304 Transportation Planning and Development
      • 4 units Course meeting MUP Implementation Methods requirement
      • 4 units Elective related to physical planning
      • Fifth Term

        • 4 units GSD 5204 Real Estate Finance and Development
        • 4 units GSD 5495 Market Analysis and Urban Economics
        • 4 units GSD 9204 Preparation for Independent Thesis Proposal
        • 4 units Field study or project-based course
        • 4 units Elective module related to physical planning
        • Sixth Term

          • 8 units GSD 9302 Independent Thesis (must have strong research elements)
          • 2 units GSD 5275 Advanced Real Estate Finance
          • 12 units Elective module related to physical planning

MUP/MDes Real Estate and the Built Environment

This example potential course sequence includes two option studios and a thesis; one or both option studios could be substituted with 8 units of approved project-based courses. The MUP area of concentration met with this sequence is Real Estate and Urban Development. This sample schedule is indicative only; students will determine individual academic plans in consultation with faculty advisors.

First Term

  • 8 units GSD 1121 First Semester Core Urban Planning Studio
  • 4 units GSD 2129 Spatial Analysis and Representation
  • 4 units GSD 4115 History and Theory of Urban Interventions
  • 2 units GSD 5215 Analytic Methods of Urban Planning: Quantitative
  • 2 units GSD 5216 Analytic Methods of Urban Planning: Qualitative

Second Term

  • 8 units GSD 1122 Second Term Core Urban Planning Studio
  • 4 units GSD 5103 Public and Private Development
  • 4 units GSD 5203 Markets and Market Failures
  • 4 units GSD 5341 The Design of Real Estate
  • Third Term

    • 8 units Option Studio
    • 4 units GSD 5203 Real Estate Development and Finance
    • 4 units GSD 5210 Cities by Design I
    • 4 units Course meeting MUP Implementation Methods requirement
    • Fourth Term

      • 8 units Option Studio
      • 4 units GSD 5304 Transportation Planning and Development
      • 4 units GSD 6322 Mapping: Geographic Representation and Speculation
      • 2 units GSD 5275 Advanced Real Estate Finance
      • 2 units Elective module related to physical planning
      • Fifth Term

        • 4 units GSD 5469 Environmental Planning & Sustainable Development
        • 4 units GSD 5495 Market Analysis and Urban Economics
        • 4 units GSD 9204 Preparation for Independent Thesis Proposal
        • 4 units Field study or project-based course
        • 4 units Elective module related to physical planning
        • Sixth Term

          • 8 units GSD 9302 Independent Thesis (must have strong research elements)
          • 12 units Elective module related to physical planning