College of Environmental Design

Master of Urban Design

One Year Post-Graduate Program

IMPORTANT: Beginning in Summer, 2022, the MUD program's Academic Calendar will change: 

The program will begin on June 6, 2022 (Summer Session B) and end on May 13, 2023 at the end of the Spring semester. 

The application deadlines will remain the same.

MUD students are eligible to apply for the ARCUS Social Justice Corps Fellowship: Applications due on January 15, 2022

Learn more and check other eligibilty requirements:

Masters Urban Design Program

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Urban Design Curriculum

Five courses constitute the core of the Master of Urban Design degree program:

  • ENV DES 201 Fundamentals Studio      an intensive studio involving collaborative work on problems that are large in scope, yet require attention to spatial organization and design details; projects often involve the exploration of design options for areas under consideration by governmental agencies.
  • ENV DES 251 Discourses in Urban Design       an introduction to the program, the faculty resources, and issues arising in current urban design practice.
  • CY PLAN 298 Urban Economic Module      which introduces key economic issues and concepts.
  • ENV DES 252 Thesis Preparation      a seminar that brings all candidates in the program together to develop and discuss with core faculty their individual thesis projects.
  • ENV DES 253 Thesis Studio      offered during the summer and led by an urban design practitioner with part-time involvement of Masters of Urban Design faculty. The summer thesis studio provides students with guidance leading to completion of the thesis by late summer and presentation to faculty and students during orientation week of fall semester. NOTE: Because this course is offered only during the summer, the UC Berkeley General Catalog does not list it. For general and semester-specific descriptions of ENV DES 253, see Environmental Design Course listings.

An additional studio is selected from one of the graduate studios in the three departments. As advanced candidates, MUD students are expected to take a leadership role in these studios, assisting with the preparation, conduct, or evaluation of the studio and relating it to the content of the Master of Urban Design program. Students must also complete a course that offers instruction in methods for urban design practice or research; a course in urban design history or theory; and elective courses related to the thesis topic and selected in consultation with MUD faculty. See the MUD Program Statement for further information, including sample programs.

Applying to the Program

Please see Master of Urban Design admission prerequisites for information on how to apply to this program.


Faculty from all three departments are engaged in urban design research, teaching, and professional practice. See a list of current faculty and interests here.