Urban Design


Program Information:

Program Statement:
    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.
Degrees Offered:
  • Master of Urban Design (M.U.D.)
Learning Goals:
  • Obtain professional knowledge and integration of new practices, technologies and methods of urban planning and design.
  • Engage in advanced thinking skills in integrating concepts, ideas and approaches in a team-based, interdisciplinary design process.
  • 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.
How long does it take to earn a degree?
  • Median time to earn the master’s: 2.0 years (Methods)

Program Contact:

Contact: Melissa Stenstrom
Phone: 515-294-3366
E-mail Address:

Mailing Address:

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

Admission Requirements:

Graduate College Requirements:
  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency.
Program Specific Requirements:
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Digital portfolio
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Program Requires GRE: No
  • Program Requires GMAT: No
  • Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No
International Requirements:
  • Financial Statement: Application
  • English Proficiency Minimum:
    TOEFL Paper (PBT) 550
    TOEFL Internet (iBT) 79
    IELTS 6.5
    PTE 53
    Duolingo (approved through spring 2025) 105

Application Information:

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.
Application Details:
    This program is open to domestic and international students.

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