Learn to design cities of the future at our urban laboratory in Indianapolis, the state’s capital, and the nation’s 12th largest city. Our master of urban design (MUD) community—located at the College of Architecture and Planning’s Indy Connector—learns through innovative, real-world experiences throughout the state and nation.
The program is a post-professional degree that requires a core understanding of environmental design, design thinking, and relationships between sites, people, and contexts. You’ll participate in studio- and community-based courses taught by an interdisciplinary team of professors from Ball State’s College of Architecture and Planning.
You can complete the fast track 32-credit MUD requirement in one year, and courses can accommodate your schedule.
Indianapolis has a growing population of more than 850,000 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.
All of your studios and core courses will focus on a single comprehensive urban design study for a real-world site in the Indianapolis area. From the urban design analysis studio to your capstone project, you'll become intimately familiar with the site, its stakeholders, and its challenges and opportunities, just as you will as a professional urban designer.
You'll also participate in multidisciplinary charrettes—community design workshops— through the efforts of the College of Architecture and Planning's Indy Connector. For decades, CAP students and faculty have been part of the service-learning tradition in Indianapolis and hundreds of other communities. This nationally recognized program provides students with a 360-degree view of living, learning, and serving in a growing and diverse metropolitan center.
Expert professors from urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, and historic preservation in the College of Architecture and Planning serve as the faculty for the MUD program, providing you with a broad overview of environmental issues, history, landscape design, building types design, real estate, infrastructure, and community engagement. Studios also welcome visiting experts, community representatives, and agency leaders.
You are required to have a practitioner as a studio advisor and mentor. This local professional will offer advice regarding your studio efforts and career opportunities. Mentors also will provide a connection to the professional communities in Indianapolis and added perspectives in studio jury events.
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Ready to Apply?
Applying to our master of urban design is a two-part process. You’ll need to apply to Ball State’s Graduate School as well as the program itself.
Laptop Computer Requirement
All students must have a laptop computer. Although either Windows or Mac operating systems are acceptable, macOS computers must be able to dual boot into Windows, as some applications are supported only on Windows. Students should review the computer recommendations from the Department of Architecture for hardware suggestions. Core software applications include Office, Adobe Creative Suite (Acrobat, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro), and Trimble Sketchup. Ball State offers substantial discounts on both Windows and Mac operating systems as well as Office and Adobe products, while Trimble Sketchup is available online for free. Students are provided with a student copy of ArcGIS.