The Master of Arts in Sustainable Urban Development (MASUD) is a 13-course interdisciplinary graduate degree. There are 11 required courses and 2 electives, the latter to be selected from a suite of DePaul’s applicable courses with the consent of a MASUD faculty member. A full time student will take 2 years to complete the program. The program explores contemporary policy issues and technical processes in United States cities, with a particular focus on Chicago.
The core courses, SUD 401-404, explore the concepts, practices, and tools for sustainable urban planning by focusing on issues linked to housing, transportation, infrastructure, community and economic development practices, brownfields, green infrastructure and urban design. Students will also be instructed in the spatial analysis and digital mapping techniques of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) by the faculty of Chicago’s largest Department of Geography. The MASUD program is “hands on” and incorporates both an internship (100 hrs) and an opportunity to work on GIS projects with non-profit, corporate and governmental clients throughout the Chicago area.
Required Courses include:
Sustainable Urban Development 401: Sustainable Urban Development
Sustainable Urban Development 403: Brownfields Redevelopment: Practice & Implementation
Sustainable Urban Development 501: Internship
Geography 441: GIS for Community Development
Public Service 571: Metropolitan Planning and Development
Sociology 402: Statistics for the Social Sciences
Optional Electives include:
Environmental Science 506: Earth Resources and Human Society
Liberal Studies 404: The City
Public Health 503: Introduction to Environmental Health
Public Service 511: Sustainable Development and Non-Governmental Organization
Public Service 573: Urban and Community Development
Real Estate 798: Sustainable Buildings and Real Estate