For students entering Fall 2020

First Year

4 units          DES-3241   Theories of Landscape as Urbanism (Fall 2020)
4 units          SES-5210   Cities by Design I (Fall 2020)
4 units          SCI-6244   Climate by Design (Fall 2020)
4 units          ADV-9661  Proseminar in Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology (Fall 2020)
4 units          HIS-4115    History and Theory of Urban Interventions (Spring 2021)
4 units          SCI-6322    Mapping: Geographic Representation and Speculation (Spring 2021)
8 units          Electives (Spring 2021)

Second Year

Coursework Track:
16 units        Electives


Thesis Track:
4 units          ADV-9201 Independent Study with thesis advisor (Fall 2021)
12 units        Electives (Fall 2021)
8 units          ADV-9304 Independent Thesis for the Degree Master in Design Studies (Spring 2022)

Recommended Research Methodology Course
Courses that teach skills of potential relevance to thesis projects

ADV-9661  Proseminar in Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology

Suggested Electives

ULE students are encouraged to consult with their faculty advisors regarding choosing an elective curriculum appropriate to their research agendas and professional goals.  They are encouraged to select courses from across the GSD, the Harvard campus and beyond.


(Required courses for students who entered in Fall 2017.)

(Required courses for students who entered in Fall 2018.)

(Required courses for students who entered in Fall 2019.)

Students contemplating cross-registering for courses at another Harvard school must abide by the dates and policies of the school in which the course is offered. Priority for enrollment may be given to the other school’s students first before cross-registrations are accepted — enrollment is not guaranteed. See