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Urban & Environmental Design

The Master of Science in Urban & Environmental Design (MUED) at the UK College of Design is dedicated to helping students think critically about emerging urban and environmental design problems through real-world projects and future-oriented ideas. The program introduces students to the complexity of urban and rural environments — from the varying spectrum of stakeholders to the bounds of existing infrastructures — and promotes an interdisciplinary approach to designing sustainable settlements.

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Urban & Environmental Design Degrees

We are not accepting applications for the 2022-23 academic year at this time. We expect to reopen applications next year for the 2023-24 academic year. Please check back on this webpage for updates or contact jeff.fugate@uky.edu for additional information about the program.

The Master of Science in Urban & Environmental Design (MUED) at the UK College of Design is dedicated to helping students think critically about emerging urban and environmental design problems through real-world projects and future-oriented ideas. The program introduces students to the complexity of urban and rural environments — from the varying spectrum of stakeholders to the bounds of existing infrastructures — and promotes an interdisciplinary approach to designing sustainable settlements.

The curriculum is studio-based with an ethic of collaboration and critical thinking among students, faculty and community members. From these relationships, projects emerge that seek inventive ideas to specific design challenges. Students take a diversified sequence of courses that includes history and theory of urban and environmental design, visualization techniques, policy analysis, and socioeconomic research.

The MUED offers flexible degree options for a variety of student backgrounds and design experience levels. Students with no formal design background are encouraged to apply.

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MUED students devise innovative methods for community-based design to inspire visions of social and economic sustainability at multiple scales.

Admissions

The MUED is a studio-based post-professional degree for practitioners of urban and environmental design. The degree draws candidates from multiple disciplines, including: architecture, environmental studies, geography, historic preservation, interiors, and landscape architecture. We look for students with demonstrated critical thinking, aptitude for spatial thinking and visualization, commitment to the rigor of studio, and a passion for improving the physical world around them.

Admission requirements include the submission of a personal statement, portfolio, GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation.

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We are not accepting applications for the 2022-2023 academic year at this time.

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