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Quick Facts

  • Delivery: Off-campus at CAP: INDY
  • Credits: 32 
  • No GRE required
  • One year (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • No letters of recommendation required

The one-year Indianapolis-based Master of Urban Design (MUD) Program is a hands-on program in the theory and practice of public-focused, interdisciplinary design for cities, towns, neighborhoods, and places. Our one-year program is ideal for recent graduates who wish to continue their education while working part-time or professionals who would like to earn a graduate degree without leaving their positions. All MUD classes are typically held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The MUD Program exemplifies Ball State University’s commitment to immersive and hands-on learning. All students participate in a studio-based and community-based curriculum taught by an interdisciplinary team of instructors from the R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning and many professional firms within the city.

Our graduate degree aims to hone a student’s implementation skills of planning and develops further specialization. While the majority of our students come from design-based backgrounds such as architecture, and urban planning, due to the complex issues facing our cities, we accept a limited number of students with other educational and professional experiences with such decisions being made on a case-by-case basis.

All of your studios and core courses will focus on urban design for real-world sites in the Indianapolis area and beyond. From the urban design analysis studio to your capstone project, you'll become intimately familiar with a site, its stakeholders, and its challenges and opportunities, just as you will as a professional urban designer. 

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The program is located at CAP: INDY, 25 North Pine Street in Indianapolis the state’s capital, and the nation’s 15th largest city. CAP: INDY is an extension of the R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University.

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If you’d like to learn more about our Master of Urban Design degree, complete our online form or contact us for more information. And if you’re ready to apply, review our admission requirements and complete our online application.