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In the Master of Urban Design program, students focus on transforming cities for the future as active and informed participants.
Our innovative structure allows students to pursue advanced design and research while developing a rigorous theoretical and professional foundation.

Curriculum and Student Work


  • 1 year (2 semesters + 1 summer)

Post-professional degree program for individuals who hold professional degrees in architecture, landscape architecture, or planning

Dual Degrees

Earn your MUD degree while pursuing a professional degree in Architecture or Landscape Architecture

Joint Degrees

Earn a joint degree in Social Work from WashU’s Brown School

Workshop Spotlight: Informal Cities

The Informal Cities Workshop provides students with an intensive, hands-on opportunity to grapple with frictions and interconnections that exist between the informal and the formal aspects of the city. It consists of a keynote lecture, which is free and open to the public, followed by a one-credit, weekend-long design charrette. Previous workshops have explored conditions in Varanasi, India; Lima, Peru; Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa; and Caracas, Venezuela.

Learn more about our annual workshops and events.

Master of Urban Design applications are open
Apply now through Jan. 3, 2024

Featured student work

Faculty and Research

Our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized in their fields — and they are deeply committed to teaching each and every student.

Learn about our research.

student-to-faculty ratio in the graduate architecture programs
MUD faculty members

Travel and Opportunities

We work closely with practitioners and partners to bring diverse global perspectives into our studios. Our studios abroad are team-taught by local practitioners and Sam Fox School faculty. We also bring architects and designers from around the world to St. Louis, so your connection to them doesn’t end when your time abroad is over.

Learn about our international programs.

Scholarships and fellowships

Over 94% of incoming graduate students at the Sam Fox School received a partial or full-tuition scholarship.

Socially engaged practice

Faculty work with the Office for Socially Engaged Practice to offer dozens of courses, workshops, and projects that meaningfully engage with communities each semester.


Take our virtual tour, or schedule a campus visit! There’s no better way to get a feel for the program and what opportunities St. Louis has to offer emerging architects and designers.

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