Arizona State University

Urban Design

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Situated within the Design School, ASU's Master's of Urban Design (MUD) program is a transdisciplinary post-professional graduate program integrating newly emerging research and applied practices from the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, ecology, law, civil engineering, planning, public programs, systems theory, and real estate development with the ever changing realities of our larger world. ASU's program leverages local Arizona conditions (a rapidly urbanizing metropolis and an arid climate) toward the development of responsible global initiatives and innovative design strategies for urban environments. Program graduates are prepared to work with governmental agencies, professional design practices, business leaders, real estate developers, and community groups in realizing new opportunities and innovative urban design projects which are flexible, adaptive, and dynamic, allowing for a variety of future inputs and variation.

The curriculum is built around the analysis and understanding of contemporary urban conditions specific to rapidly urbanizing regions of the world. The sequence of urban design studios and required classes move the students' focus from the local to the global – beginning with an emphasis on emerging Arizona urbanism, followed by emerging national urbanism, then emerging global urbanism, and culminating in an independent final project which will require students to apply and demonstrate mastery of their new knowledge and design skills in a responsible urban design initiative and innovative design strategy for a selected environment. Students must complete 47 credit hours which include four 5-credit studios, six 3-credit core courses, three 3-credit electives, and an optional internship.

Our 2-year programs admit for fall and the 3+ programs for summer; applications are accepted annually from September 15 to January 15. More information can be found at or by emailing

After admission to their degree program, WRGP qualified applicants may apply to the WRGP program by submitting the WICHE WRGP Application Form found at

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

The Design School
Graduate Coordinators
Corie Cisco – 480-727-7919
Jessica Vasquez – 480-965-1174

Degrees Available