The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning

We have two types of programs at the U for Urban Design.


 Graduate Certificate Program

Offered jointly by the School of Architecture and the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning, the Graduate Certificate in Urban Design is for graduate students and professionals interested in shaping the places we live, both how they will look and how they will function. Urban design involves a complex inter-relationship between municipalities, real estate developers, property owners, planners, architects, the construction industry, public administrators, and the general public. Students in this program will learn to engage in this process effectively to produce vital and vibrant places.

Program Purpose
The program is a forum for developing skills used in the interdisciplinary practice of urban design. The certificate complements the Master of Architecture (M.Arch.), Master of City & Metropolitan Planning (M.C.M.P.), Master of Real Estate Development (M.R.E.D.), and Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), and seeks to provide opportunities for graduate students throughout the University of Utah to learn more about urban design. The program is also open to professionals not enrolled at the University who wish to enhance their professional development.

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 Urban Design Specialization within the Masters in City and Metropolitan Planning

The Master of City & Metropolitan Planning (MCMP) is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board. It emphasizes ecological resiliency, economic efficiency, and social justice through effective communication, collaboration, and innovation. The program’s blend of core knowledge and skills with selected specializations prepares students for professional and leadership roles in public, private, and nonprofit planning.

The program’s specializations include ecological planning, smart growth, and urban design. In addition, students have the opportunity to integrate one of the department’s graduate certificates in real estate development, historic preservation, and urban design into their master’s degree program. Students are also encouraged to engage in interdisciplinary work, drawing from fields outside of planning.

Along with coursework in urban processes, history, law, theory, research, and analysis, the program features community-based planning workshops, urban design studios, and an individualized capstone professional project.

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