The MUD curriculum features a mix of lecture and studio courses that comprehensively cover the spectrum of urban design theory and practice and emphasizes hands-on experiential learning and skills development. At the heart of our curriculum are our four Program Hallmarks, which are present in all courses as common themes.
The curriculum consists of nine courses: one studio and three lecture courses taken in the fall semester, one studio and three lecture courses taken in the spring semester, and the final requirement—a capstone project or travel studio (student’s choice)—taken during the summer. To earn the MUD degree, a student must successfully complete all nine courses totaling 36 credits.
Students entering the MUD program who lack certain design knowledge or skills may be required to take the program’s Design Bootcamp before the start of the Fall semester, as determined by the program’s admissions review committee.
The table below shows the required courses in the MUD curriculum, effective Fall 2021
Urban Design Studio I
City Design Fundamentals
Design Policy, Process, and Regulation
Advanced Visualization for Urban Design
|Course #||Course Name||Course Title||Credit Hours|
|URBN 6600||Urban Design Studio II||Studio||6|
|URBN 6625||Urban Design Economics and Equity||Lecture||3|
|URBN 6650||Urban Design and the Environment||Lecture||3|
|URBN 6675||Design Practice and Leadership||Lecture||3|
Summer Semester - Student’s choice of one of the following:
|Course #||Course Name||Course Title||6 Credit Hours|
Urban Design Advanced Travel Studio
Urban Design Capstone
Total Required Credits
Expand the sections below to read the course descriptions for the MUD curriculum:
Fall Semester Course Descriptions
Spring Semester Course Descriptions
Summer Semester Course Descriptions
The Master of Urban Design program seeks exceptional, engaged applicants who:
The Master of Urban Design at CU Denver is a post-professional degree. In order to be admitted to the program, an individual must hold (or will hold by the start of their MUD studies) a professional degree in architecture, urban planning, or landscape architecture from an accredited program. Professional degrees in architecture, urban planning, and landscape architecture can be obtained at either the undergraduate or graduate levels.
Qualifying Architecture Degrees:
Degree must be accredited through the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) for programs in the United States. For international applicants, please contact us for more information.
Qualifying Urban Planning Degrees:
Degree must be accredited through the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) for programs in the United States. For international applicants, please contact us for more information.
Qualifying Landscape Architecture Degrees:
Degree must be accredited through the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) for programs in the United States. For international applicants, please contact us for more information.
Application Opens: October 15, 2020
Deadline to Apply: April 1, 2021