Graduate Study | Master of Urban and Community Design

The Master of Urban and Community Design (MUCD) degree is a rigorous 3 semester post-professional degree program focusing on issues relevant to the evolving contemporary city. The 45 credit hour program is a comprehensive course of study focused on a range of urban issues including:

  • post-industrial, global and traditional cities
  • urbanism and ecology
  • transit and transportation
  • towns and communities
  • sustainability associated social, economic, political and ethical issues

As a diverse and complex endeavor, urban design at the University of South Florida utilizes the dynamic Tampa Bay region as an urban laboratory. Stressing community engagement, the program works with regional municipalities, private organizations and stakeholders to define and address complex urban issues. The program also builds upon the USF School of Architecture and Community Design’s participation in the expanding global discourse on urban design issues related to urban morphology, emerging mega-cities, housing, preservation, sustainability and ecology. The program actively engages rapidly urbanizing areas in China and India through study abroad opportunities.

The curriculum for the MUCD program emphasizes design investigations at various scales. The program seeks to create an environment in which students can study the myriad forms of community and human habitat; understand how past designs can inform future possibilities; and harness the knowledge and skills necessary to create ecologically sound urban environs. Empirical research, coupled with techniques of analysis and visualization strategies, serve as methods of inquiry to understand the complex 21st century urban landscape. The program will provide opportunities for students to participate in a variety of faculty led research projects developed in concert with the SACD’s research unit, the Florida Center for Community Design and Research (FCCDR). The program will also associate with the USF School for Global Sustainability (SGS).

MUCD welcomes students holding a professional degree in architecture or landscape architecture (Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture).


  • 3.0 GPA
  • GRE score of 1000
  • TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based), 213 (computer-based), or 550 (paper-based)
  • Portfolio of creative work
  • Letter of intent
  • Three letters of recommendation