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Master of Architecture + Master of Urban Design

Summary / Curriculum

The increasing diversification of places, populations, and migration flows has been changing urban environments locally, nationally, and internationally. Considering rapidly shifting demographics and cultural composition, urban growth, public health concerns, and sustainability challenges around the globe, systematic studies on critical questions such as how these shifts impact city- and place-making are increasingly necessary. Our college, given its longstanding educational, professional, and community services in architecture, community development, and urban design in Detroit and its larger region, is well positioned to educate students about how to respond to complex urban changes.

In particular, our Master of Architecture (M.Arch) and Master of Urban Design (MUD) dual degree program provides architecture students with skills and tools necessary to address these many challenges. M.Arch students only need to complete as few as 11 credit hours of courses in urban design instead of 34 (total credits required for MUD students) to receive both the M.Arch and MUD degrees.

For specific questions about the dual degree, contact the Chair of Architecture, Jim Stevens, at

The Architecture Program

The architecture program at LTU seeks to develop graduates committed to an articulate and thoughtful approach to socially relevant design. It supports creative inquiry and critical thinking as the basis for design insight, and clear communication as a design objective. The coursework is designed to provide a foundation for the development of architectural design skills and insights, technical training, social responsibility, environmental awareness, problem-solving abilities, and professional competence.

The program is primarily directed toward the practice of architecture, but it constitutes an excellent, broad-minded education and preparation for work in a range of essential fields in and beyond design, including teaching, research, product development and representation and development, and public service.  In the Master of Architecture Direct Entry (M.Arch DE) program, which combines the required undergraduate and graduate coursework, students earn the NAAB-accredited, professional degree required for architectural licensure in the State of Michigan and most other US states and jurisdictions.

For more information about the Architecture Program, coursework, and faculty, please refer to the program website at

The Urban Design Program

The Master of Urban Design (MUD) is a graduate-level, urban design curriculum within the College of Architecture and Design, which extends the reach of architecture into the realm of the city, community, and the making of public places.  The MUD at Lawrence Tech is designed to develop a body of knowledge, skills, and experience in urban design with a focus on healthy, smart, and sustainable urbanism. The program offers a balanced and holistic systems approach to city design, community design, and public policy as a response to the complex environmental, economic, social, and political forces that affect cities in local, regional, national, and global contexts.

For more information about the Urban Design Program, coursework, and faculty, please refer to the program website at

Admissions Information + Curriculum

Applicants to the Master of Urban Design program must submit a Lawrence Technological University Graduate Admissions form (which can be submitted online at, three reference letters (two from faculty and one from an employer), a resume, and an essay (or statement of purpose).   The essay may be on any topic that will help the admissions committee understand your background, strengths, and intent to pursue a career in urban design.

For specific Master of Urban Design program questions, contact the Master of Urban Design Director, Joon Kim, at

For general questions about admissions, our programs or the college, please contact Alice McHard at, 248-204-2834 or click on the links below.

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