What will our cities look like in the future? How will they work? Who will live in them? Who will pay for them?

The complex cultural ecology of cities is rapidly changing – and today’s economic and environmental paradigms require diverse design approaches for urban resiliency. The Master of Design for Sustainable Urban Environments brings together the allied fields of environmental design, landscape architecture and urban planning to prepare students to be innovative and entrepreneurial creators and managers of next-generation public spaces.

The MDES-SUEN offers two tracks: a one-year (36 CH) program for students holding a professional degree in landscape, architecture or planning; and a two-year (64 CH) degree for students holding a bachelor’s degree in any field.  Core topics include urban design, waterfront vitalization, brownfield redevelopment, sustainable and secure pedestrian environments; urban habitat and green infrastructure planning and design. Read more about our course offerings here.

For more information, download the MDes Handout.

Admission to the graduate program will be determined by the School of Architecture faculty.

Applications for admission will be accepted for all academic semesters, although faculty members will ordinarily review applications in spring for fall admission.

Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 to be considered for admission.  English proficiency is required for international applicants (TOEFL 100 iBT or IELTS 7.0). The GRE is not required.

To apply to the program, students must submit the following through the university’s Apply Yourself application system:

  • Completed application
  • Application fee
  • Personal statement
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Transcripts

In addition, send the following material:

  • CV
  • Portfolio (a portfolio is optional for two-year track applicants)

Directly to:

CAMD Graduate Studies
Attention: Moki Smith
Coordinator, Graduate Student Services
Northeastern University
120 Meserve Hall
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115