The world is at our doorstep, and the big challenges in the age of sustainable development transcend geographical, political, and disciplinary boundaries. World population is urbanizing with unprecedented speed, and urban designers are in high demand to help anticipate the consequences of growth, to envision strategic futures, and to design great places.
Georgia Tech has been a leader in urban design education since 1969. The emphasis of urban design at Georgia Tech is threefold: to build a culture of collaboration linking requisite knowledge and expertise across fields of architecture, planning, landscape, and engineering; to enable analysis of complex problem sets occupying nebulous zones beyond the limits of a single building, owner, or site; and to facilitate the design of integrated and implementable solutions, whether comprised of structures or systems; of policies, processes, or plans.
The Master of Science in Urban Design (MSUD) Program is oriented to those who wish to expand upon their previous professional education and professional experience and to enter urban design practices either in private firms or public agencies. The one-year, three-semester MSUD curriculum equips students with the skills to practice urban design in today’s marketplace and the knowledge and vision to tackle global challenges in redesigning and adapting our cities and suburbs for the 21st century. Students with professional degrees in architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, and civil engineering bring their expertise to MSUD collaborative studio projects while learning the core historical, legal, environmental and dimensional knowledge fundamental to the practice of urban design.
The MSUD Program offers an intensive and richly interdisciplinary experience, with required courses in urban design, architecture and city planning, with additional opportunities in civil and environmental engineering, real estate development, heritage preservation and other fields. Students in the MSUD Program are in daily contact with architecture and planning students and faculty throughout the College of Design and in our joint Sino-U.S. Eco Urban Lab; with practitioners and researchers both locally and internationally. Summer travel study programs in Europe and Asia provide enhanced opportunities in the dynamic realm of global urbanization by providing direct experience with the social and environmental challenges driving sustainable urban development.
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Download Master of Science in Urban Design Curriculum Plan
Watch the Virtual Open House and several brief videos from faculty, students and alumni on the MSUD YouTube page