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Master of City Design

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People | Space | Design

No better city than Chicago anywhere for learning urban design. The Master of City Design (MCD) program teaches how to plan for designing great cities given all the complexity shaping our increasingly urbanized planet. All studios co-taught by leading urban designers and professional practitioners in a purposeful manner. Students learn by diving deep down into Chicago’s well-known neighborhoods, home to remarkably rich sub-cultures, as well as the famous downtown. As a bonus, living and studying in one of the world’s greatest cities offers an unmatchable learning experience in itself.

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The Master of City Design meets demand from domestic and international students with bachelor degrees in architecture, landscape architecture, urban studies, urban planning and other design related disciplines. The program prepares students for entry-level city/urban design employment or enables them to gain acceptance to doctoral programs in urban planning and design. MCD trains students to work in urban settings worldwide.

All of our UPP graduate degrees are STEM classified under Sustainability Studies which means that international students with F-1 visas are eligible to remain in the US under the OPT (Optional Practical Training) program for up to three years and two months after graduation. Students with H-1b visas can stay up to 9 years after graduation.

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