Graduate Urban Design

Master of Urban Design

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Since 2000, each academic department in the College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) has achieved national distinction and ranking through interdisciplinary problem solving and innovation. Such is the tradition of creativity, real-world experience, and design thinking that exemplifies our master of urban design (MUD) program.

Located at the College of Architecture and Planning INDY Connector, at 202 East Market Street, the MUD studios and classrooms demonstrate Ball State’s commitment to immersive learning. The college’s nationally acclaimed Community-Based Projects program is one of the three oldest in the United States and has assisted more than 300 communities since its inception in the 1960s. Building on this tradition while maintaining a global view, the MUD program uses the state capital and the nation’s 12th largest city as an urban laboratory to work on real projects in the community.

Portfolio of Student Work

Portfolio of Student Work

Program Location

Indianapolis has a growing population of more than 800,000 and is initiating important infrastructure investments that will contribute to the region’s economic and environmental sustainability. CAP students and faculty are immersed in the community discussion and demonstrating the regenerative possibilities of sustainable urban design through the exploration of contemporary ideas including:

  • transit-oriented design
  • infill housing and mixed-use projects 
  • neighborhood revitalization
  • river corridor planning
  • historic preservation 
  • remediation and brownfield redevelopment
  • mixed-mode transportation
  • supporting implementation strategies


Students in the MUD program come from universities around the world with degrees in urban planning, architecture, and landscape architecture. They are joined by working professionals who are adding to their academic and professional credentials.

All students participate in a studio-based and community-based core curriculum taught by an interdisciplinary team of instructors from the College of Architecture and Planning. The fast track 32-credit-hour MUD requirement can be completed in one year, and courses are scheduled to accommodates fulltime students by allowing them to maintain at least part-time employment in active local design firms and community organizations. Learn more about the application process.