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MDES

Overview

The program seeks to supply graduates for the rapidly growing field of sustainable urbanism through a dynamic curricular mix of design and technical courses. Graduate electives will supply the comprehensive education necessary to fulfill the curriculum from both an environmental and technical perspective. The MDes will link primarily with:

  • Architecture
  • Public Policy and Urban Affairs
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Earth and Environmental Science

Program Length

A one-year (36 SH) program for students holding an accredited, first-professional degree in landscape architecture, architecture, planning or urban design.

A two-year (64 SH) program for students entering without an accredited first-professional degree.

Total Number Of Credit Hours

One-year MDes: 36 semester credit hours.
Two-year MDes: 64 semester credit hours.

1-Year Program

The program offers a core sequence of introductory and advanced studio, lecture, and seminar courses in design, graphics, technology, history/theory and policy complemented by electives in related fields.

Fall Year 1 

  • SUEN 7130: Masters Research Studio I
  • SUEN 7320: Pro-seminar I
  • SUEN 7230: Urban Ecologies + Technologies I
  • Elective

Spring Year 1

  • SUEN 7140: Masters Research Studio II or Co-op
  • Pro-seminar II
  • SUEN 7240: Urban Ecologies + Technologies II
  • Elective

2-Year Program

For students entering the two-year program, the first year of study focuses on mastery of core skills sets including: design; site analysis, implementation and visualization.  This includes introduction to basic earthworks, water and plants systems as well as the principles of landscape and urban ecology.

Fall Year 1

  • SUEN 6110: Studio: Urban Sites
  • SUEN 6310: Cities, Nature + Contemporary Theory
  • SUEN 6210: Analysis, Implementation + Visualization I
  • Optional Elective

Spring Year 1

  • SUEN 6120: Studio: Urban Systems
  • Policy
  • SUEN 6220Analysis, Implementation + Visualization II
  • Optional Elective

For students in the second year of the two-year program or entering the one-year program, core courses offer advanced design methodology, research and training.

Fall Year 2

  • SUEN 7130: Masters Research Studio I
  • SUEN 7320: Pro-seminar I
  • SUEN 7230: Urban Ecologies + Technologies I
  • Elective

Spring Year 2

  • SUEN 7140: Masters Research Studio II or Co-op
  • Pro-seminar II
  • SUEN 7240: Urban Ecologies + Technologies II
  • Elective