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What will I learn?

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.

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.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Applied Science

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
CAD$35,563.14 (US$ 28,740) per year
Start date

Expected May 2022

Venue

The University of British Columbia

Vancouver Campus,

2329 West Mall,

VANCOUVER,

British Columbia (BC),

V6T 1Z4, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have 3.3 (B+) on a 4-point scale in third and fourth year-upper level course work. Note: Theological degrees (i.e., degrees in theology or degrees offered by a bible college, seminary or theological school) may not be acceptable as a basis for admission to graduate studies at the University of British Columbia. Applicants will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Other English language requirements: CAE: Minimum score  of B; CAEL: Overall score  of 70; TOEFL Paper-based test with the TWE (Test of Written English): Minimum score  of 55 each for Reading, Listening, and Writing (4.0 on TWE); MELAB :with the MELAB Oral Interview: 85 final score with 3 in the speaking test; PTE(Academic): Overall score: 65, Reading: 60, Listening: 60, Writing: 60, Speaking: 60.

For international students

Applicants require a professional degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or Planning.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

Applicants from a university outside Canada at which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission. Acceptable English language proficiency tests for applicants to graduate studies are: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): 90 overall with a minimum score of 22 in Reading & Listening and a minimum score of 21 in Writing & Speaking (Internet version); minimum score of 22 in Reading & Listening and a minimum score of 21 in Writing (paper version); or IELTS (International English Language Testing Service): minimum overall band score of 6.5, with no individual score less than 6.0; or MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): minimum overall score of 85, with a final score of 3 in the speaking test.

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