Master of Urban Design (MUD)


Urban design is the discipline of the design and management of our ever-changing cities driven by urbanization, global economics, and advancing technologies.

The Master of Urban Design program is offered in an one-year curriculum with a central focus on urban design at all scales - from the regional district to the neighbourhood block. The post-professional course of study integrates design studios with courses in urban design history and theory, economics, and public policy. Within the intensive structure, there are opportunities to orchestrate personal interests in the discipline through selection of electives and research topics.  

The challenging program is founded on combining academia with the contemporary profession. Each year, the program explores an urban design theme through community partnerships with regional organizations. In the design studios, students collaborate with faculty, stakeholders, and professionals on real-world projects for possible future applications.


What makes the program unique?

Along with intimate student-ratios of 1:12 in studios and 1:24 in lectures, students are exposed to practicing professionals who developed the urban design successes in Vancouver. To see these achievements, students can attend weekly tours to places such as the Olympic Village, Granville Island, and Stanley Park. The urban design faculty and the affiliates work alongside students in their education and in potential collaborations for local sustainable urbanism projects.

Quick Facts

Master of Urban Design
Mode of delivery
On campus
Registration options
Landscape Architecture
Program Components
Coursework + Major Project/Essay required
Faculty of Applied Science
School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture


TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement


IELTS Overall Score Requirement


Prior degree requirements

Applicants require a professional (Master's) degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or Planning.

Career Options

The interdisciplinary curriculum fosters responsible graduates with design studios in varied scales from the region to block and courses in history, environment, policy, and economics. Master of Urban Design is a post-professional program for future planners interested in advancing the scholarship and design innovation of urban metropolises. 

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$102.00$165.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$6,133.78$10,960.05
Tuition per year$18,401.34$32,880.15
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) Not applicable
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$923.38 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

September 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
01 October 2017
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 February 2018
International Applicant Deadline
15 February 2018

September 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
01 October 2018
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 February 2019
International Applicant Deadline
15 February 2019

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