Master of City Design

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People | Space | Design

The Master of City Design (MCD) is an intensive graduate degree focusing on the physical design aspects of spatial relationships and interactions between people and places.  Students learn how to plan for the physical design of cities using spatial thinking that combines analyses of places, meaningful engagement with diverse communities and design knowledge across scale.  Hands-on field-based studio learning provides immersive exposure to integrated design and contemporary professional practice in complex urban places across Chicago.

Planning. City Design. Public Health.

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Take Chicago Worldwide

The Master of City Design will meet demand from domestic and international students with bachelor degrees in architecture, landscape architecture, urban studies, urban planning and related disciplines. The program will prepare students for entry-level city/urban design employment or enable 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.