Urban Design


The Master of Urban Design (MUD) is an advanced, 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), 36-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

Area(s) of Emphasis (for program use only): None

Master's Degree Outcomes

Career Placement Outcomes

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Contact: Meredith Foley
Phone: 515-294-0816
E-mail Address:


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

Application Deadlines: February 1 for full graduate assistantship consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be continually reviewed until the fall class is full.

Program Requires GRE: No

Program Requires GMAT : No

Statement of academic & professional interests - 500 words or less
Digital portfolio

Additional International Requirements:

English Proficiency Minimum:

TOEFL Paper (PBT) 550
TOEFL Internet (iBT) 79
PTE 53

Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No

Financial Statement: Application

Mailing Address if needed:

Email for sending portfolio: mpett@iastate.edu
Mailing address: College of Design
Attn: Graduate Programs Support
146 Design
Ames, IA 50011