Urban Design


The Master of Urban Design (MUD) is an initial, interdisciplinary program of study that focuses on contemporary challenges of urbanism at local, regional and global scales. The program is geared primarily toward students with previous professional degrees in architecture (BArch, MArch), landscape architecture (BLA, MLA) or planning (BSCRP, MCRP, MUP). The program draws faculty from these and other related disciplines within the college and university. In this three-semester (fall, spring, and summer), 30-credit degree program, you will integrate design into the understanding and framing of urbanized environments by engaging directly in a community of inquiry and practice—learning to create more adaptable, flexible and resilient cities and regions within the context of a changing world. The MUD program also offers special opportunities to participate in the College of Design’s design-based outreach and international programs, and to engage in collaborative studio projects with universities and practitioners from around the world.

Doctoral Degrees Offered: None

Master Degrees Offered: Master of Urban Design (M.U.D.)

Online Degrees: None

Learning Goals that students in this program are expected to meet include:

  1. Obtain professional knowledge and integration of new practices, technologies and methods of urban planning and design.
  2. Engage in advanced thinking skills in integrating concepts, ideas and approaches in a team-based, interdisciplinary design process.
  3. Acquire new knowledge and skills in urban design that support professional leadership in the development of research and design work focused on local and global issues facing the contemporary city.

Master's Degree Outcomes

Career Placement Outcomes

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Contact: Jennifer Anderson
Phone: 515-294-7415
E-mail Address:


ISU-wide: Academic Records, GPA, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation

Application Deadlines: The priority application consideration date for fall admission is February 1. Applications will continually be accepted and evaluated until the cohort is full. While typical admission is in the fall, we will accept applications for spring or summer semester admission.

Program Requires GRE: No

Program Requires GMAT : No

Statement of Purpose
Digital portfolio

Additional International Requirements:

English Proficiency Minimum:

TOEFL Paper (PBT) 550
TOEFL Internet (iBT) 79
PTE 53
Duolingo (approved through spring 2023) 105

Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No

Financial Statement: Application

Mailing Address if needed:

Email for sending portfolio: janders@iastate.edu
Iowa State University
Attn: Graduate Programs Support
146 Design
Ames, IA 50011