Masters in Urban Design
Cities and towns are the locations where we make our homes and live our lives with the people we care about. But have you ever wondered who was responsible for the easy (or difficult) to use layout of your home town? Highly trained urban designers and planners are the ones responsible for deciding where things will be located, how the infrastructure will operate most efficiently, and how to encourage commerce and residential areas to live together in harmony. By earning a Masters in Urban Design, you’ll be taking the first step toward joining these important professionals in the booming industry of city planning.
Urban Design Masters students are typically those that have already completed undergraduate study in landscape design, architecture, or civil engineering. Many of those who enroll in a master program of this type will already have been working in the field for some time, but desire to achieve management positions by advancing their formal education. Courses that you take in this program will develop your knowledge of theories of urban planning, design techniques and procedures that will enable students to operate within the often confusing climate of economic speculation and political negotiation that permeates the development industry. You’ll also complete courses in history, law, public policy, and real estate to gain a rich understanding of urbanization at both the local and global level.
Typical masters programs can be completed in two years at a brick and mortar college or university, but many working professionals find it hard to find a way to be unemployed for that long. If you want to keep working while you’re going to school, it’s important to consider online and distance learning alternatives. Instead of being required to attend class on campus all day, you’ll learn from online interaction with teachers and other students in your own time.