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Sustainable Urban Development (MA)

The Master of Arts in Sustainable Urban Development (MASUD) explores how our cities are coping with the demands of building urban areas that are environmentally sustainable and support both economic and community development.

Real-World Experience

Chicago is the lab for our analysis as we explore how neighborhood growth interacts with the challenges of being a global city. Instructors draw on the citys resources and incorporate expert guest speakers, site visits and industry-standard Geographic Information Systems (GIS) digital mapping technology. An internship is also required to complete the program.

Program Highlights

A genuinely interdisciplinary program that incorporates analyses from fields such as urban planning, public policy, sociology, geography, public service management, environmental studies and real estate, the MASUD introduces you to:

  • Sustainable urban development policy
  • Data collection and analyses
  • Planning processes
  • Strategies for implementation
  • Modes of communication
  • Evaluation mechanisms

Program Structure

This 13-course (52 credit hour) interdisciplinary graduate program integrates academics with practical learning.

First year: Provides a theoretical background as well as an introduction to the technologies used in urban development and planning.

Second year: Dedicated to advanced courses and completing a required internship and a capstone/portfolio component.

Flexible Locations and Times

Classes are held on DePaul's Loop and Lincoln Park campuses.