The master of urban design (MUD) is an intensive, calendar year, post-professional degree program for students already holding a first professional degree in architecture, landscape architecture or urban and regional planning (e.g., BArch, BLA, MArch, MLA, MCRP/MURP or equivalents). The interdisciplinary program uses Denver as an urban laboratory but the globe as a reference, educating future designers about the unique place the city holds in addressing the critical problems of our time.
The program began in 1969 and counts several hundred alumni practicing around the world, including renowned designers like Jun Xia (’89), Principal of Gensler Shanghai and designer of the new Shanghai Tower.
Our student body is extremely diverse, with recent students from Bangladesh, China, Colombia, India, Iran, Japan, Libya, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. These students join our domestic students (many of whom receive significantly reduced tuition through our WICHE-WRGP status) to examine contemporary urbanism and design practice through an interdisciplinary, studio-based curriculum taught by a multi-disciplinary faculty. Coursework is capped off by the International Studio held each summer when students travel to study urban issues in dynamic, context-based locations.