Sustainable Urban Design, MSUD

for the degree of Master of Sustainable Urban Design

Major in Sustainable Urban Design

Department Head: David L. Hays

department website:

department faculty:

overview of grad college admissions & requirements:

department office: 101 Temple Hoyne Buell Hall, 611 Lorado Taft Drive, Champaign, IL 61820

phone: (217) 333-0176


Graduate Degree Programs in Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture, PhD

Landscape Architecture, MLA

Sustainable Urban Design, MSUD

Heritage Studies Graduate Minor

joint programs:

Landscape Architecture, MLA & Urban Planning, MUP

The Department of Landscape Architecture offers the Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) degree, the Master of Sustainable Urban Design degree (MSUD), and the PhD degree. The programs enable students to gain fresh insights and to conduct new research pertaining to land and its use by people. Courses and faculty research activities range from on-site to regional scales, and include environmental planning and design as well as community design, cultural heritage, and history.

THE MSUD is a 11-month program completed in two semesters (fall and spring) plus one summer term, undertaken in that order. Matriculation is for fall semester only. The MSUD program can serve as a postprofessional degree (i.e., a degree that leads to licensure such as BLA, MLA, MARCH) or as an advanced degree to hone skills in sustainable design for those with degrees in other subject areas.

for the degree of Master of Sustainable Urban Design

Major in Sustainable Urban Design

LA 537Planning & Design Studio II5
LA 589Sustainable Urban Design Theory4
Choose one elective broadly related to urban design:3-4
Soc/Beh Factors for Design
Humans and River Systems
Geography of Health Care
Environmental Policy
Advanced Topics in GIS
Climate & Social Vulnerability
Landscapes and Human Health
Graduate Seminar
Research Design & Methods
Environmental Psychology
Choose one elective concerning urban systems:2-4
History of the Urban Environment
Green Development
Transportation &Sustainability
Cities, Crime, and Space
Sustainable Design Principles
GIS for Planners
LA 482Advanced Communication in Urban Design4
LA 538Urban Design Research Studio5
LA 446Sustainable Planning Seminar4
UP 475Real Estate Development Fundamentals4
LA 592Urban Design Capstone Studio6
Total Hours36

Other Requirements 

Minimum GPA:2.75