A candidate will be recommended for the Master of Architecture in Urban Design or Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design upon satisfactory completion of the following course of study.

For more information, students should refer to the Curriculum Details based on their date of matriculation.

First Term

  • 0 units STU 1221 Preterm Workshop (August)
  • 8 units STU 1221 Elements of Urban Design Core Studio
  • 4 units HIS 4496 Urban Design Contexts and Operations
  • 8 units Distributional electives* and/or general electives**

Second Term

  • 8 units Urban Planning and Design Option Studio***
  • 4 units SES 5210 Cities by Design
  • 8 units Distributional electives* and/or general electives**

Third Term

Second Year Declaration Pathways:****

Pathway 1:

  • 8 units Option Studio
  • 12 units Distributional electives* and/or general electives**

Pathway 2:

  • 8 units Option Studio
  • 4 units ADV 9204 Preparation of Thesis Proposal
  • 8 units Distributional electives* and/or general electives**

Pathway 3:

  • 20 units Distributional electives* and/or general electives**

Fourth Term

Second Year Declaration Pathways:****

Pathway 1:

  • 8 units Option Studio
  • 12 units Distributional electives* and/or general electives**

Pathway 2:

  • 8 units ADV 9302 Independent Thesis
  • 12 units Distributional electives* and/or general electives**

Pathway 3:

  • 20 units Distributional electives* and/or general electives**

Footnotes

* Distributional Elective Requirements: Students must take a total of twelve units in two subject areas: Models of Development and Urban Systems and Forms. At least four units must be taken in each category. If a course appears on both lists, it can only be counted once.

** No more than fifty percent of units may be taken outside the GSD in a given term.

*** Students in their second term must complete an option studio offered by the UPD Department. Jointly offered options studios may not be eligible.

**** Students in their second year may meet their degree requirements by declaring one of three pathways. A student must complete at least one option studio in their second year. Candidates pursuing thesis in the spring must take an option studio and Thesis Prep (or approved alternative) in the fall term. Students who receive a grade of pass or higher in both first year studios are eligible to meet their degree requirements by declaring thesis for their final year or taking twenty units of courses in either the fall or spring.

Residence: Four terms of full-time study in residence are normally required for award of the degree. Under special circumstances, students may receive permission to reduce their course loads and extend their studies over a longer period. Concurrent and joint degree candidates must consult the rules governing concurrent and joint degrees for information on residency requirements.