Urban Design Degree Requirements - Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture

Urban Design Degree Requirements



Master of Urban Design

Degree Requirements


The Master of Urban Design offered at OU-Tulsa is the only one of its type in the state of Oklahoma. Urban design is a creative discipline integrating aspects of architecture, city planning, civil engineering, landscape architecture and real estate development. The curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for the independent professional practice of urban design and research. Students will learn the techniques and processes of investigating, designing and modifying the physical elements constituting built urban environments. Instruction in applied projects is based on regional and community site planning, architecture, systems planning, transportation and logistics analysis, human services planning, legal codes and zoning development and related economic policy issues.

The Urban Design program works at the intersection of multiple disciplines involved in the creation of a city, giving graduates a multidisciplinary perspective. Graduates are prepared for private practice and consulting in urban design, architecture and planning as well as community planning, economic development, infrastructure development, real estate development, facility management and other careers involving the built environment.

The program is designed for working professionals and requires 32 hours for completion. Evening and weekend classes are offered. This program is open to students from a wide variety of backgrounds; no specific undergraduate degree is required.

For more information, please visit the OU-Tulsa website.


Graduate Certificate in Design Entrepreneurship and Real Estate

This 12 credit hour program is designed for students employed in fields such as architecture, engineering, planning or facility management who do not have a background in business or real estate as well as students wishing to begin a career in real estate practice. The program will help students learn and master the basics of commercial real estate development and brokerage. The certificate program will also introduce students to principles of entrepreneurship, business generation, and commercialization of design products. This program can be integrated into the Master of Urban Design degree or can be earned as a standalone certificate.

The requirements for the certificate program are as follows:

ARCH 5923 – Methods IX, Entrepreneurial Architect & Leadership
ARCH 5663 – Methods VI, Urban Design Methodologies
ARCH 5713 – Real Estate I
And an additional 9 hours of elective coursework, as approved by the Graduate Liaison and/or Division Director.

For more information, please visit the OU-Tulsa website.

Admissions Requirements

Master of Urban Design

Admission to the Master of Urban Design program requires that applicants have a minimum 3.0 GPA. You will submit the online application at www.applyweb.com/ougrad. Supplemental materials include a sample of original creative work which may be a design portfolio, research work, professional project or academic paper, a one page letter of interest outlining your academic interests and goals for the course of study, at least three letters of recommendation, and application fee. International students must submit TOEFL score.

There is no application deadline for US residents. However, International students must apply by April 1 for entry in the Fall semester, September 1 for Spring, and February 1 for Summer.


Certificate in Design Entrepreneurship and Real Estate

Admission to the program requires a baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 undergraduate grade point average. Please apply through the OU-Tulsa website.