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OU’s College of Architecture program at OU-Tulsa offers the Master of Urban Design and the Certificate of Design Entrepreneurship and Real Estate. Our programs are designed for students interested in urban design issues and research. It is not necessary that applicants possess an undergraduate degree in architecture to apply to the Urban Studies program.

Graduate Degree Program:
Master of Urban Design

Certificate Program:
Certificate of Design Entrepreneurship and Real Estate

Shawn Schaefer
(918) 660-3493



The Master of Urban Design offered at OU-Tulsa is the only one of its type in the state of Oklahoma. Urban design is a creative discipline integrating aspects of architecture, city planning, civil engineering, landscape architecture and real estate development. The curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for the independent professional practice of urban design and research. Students will learn the techniques and processes of investigating, designing and modifying the physical elements constituting built urban environments. Instruction in applied projects is based on regional and community site planning, architecture, systems planning, transportation and logistics analysis, human services planning, legal codes and zoning development and related economic policy issues. Evening and Saturday classes provide a solid foundation in urban research methods, community awareness, physical and environmental design awareness and working methodologies with government and community action groups.

  • We help communities and give back through meaningful work and service.
  • We work at the intersection of many disciplines involved in the creation of the city.
  • We encourage a diverse and personal studio culture of creativity and camaraderie.
  • We support non-traditional students with flexible scheduling and opportunities for practice while still in school.
  • We explore the application of the latest technology for city design and community planning.
  • Private Practice and Consulting: Urban Design, Architecture, and Planning
  • Public Service: Community Planning, Economic Development, Infrastructure
  • Real Estate Development
  • Not for Profit Organizations:  Facilities and Built Environment

What are the admissions requirements?
Admission to the Master of Urban Design program requires that applicants have a minimum 3.0 GPA. You will submit the online application at Supplemental materials include a sample of original creative work which may be a design portfolio, research work, professional project or academic paper, a one page letter of interest outlining the your academic interests and goals for the course of study, at least three letters of recommendation, and application fee. International students must submit TOEFL scores.

Do I need a specific bachelor’s degree to be eligible for the program?
No, the program admits students who come from a variety of educational and professional fields.

What are the application deadlines?
There is no application deadline for US residents. International students must apply by April 1 for entry in Fall, September 1 for Spring, and February 1 for Summer.

How many credit hours is the program?
The program consists of 32 credit hours of course work.

How long will it take to complete the program?
The program is designed to be completed in two years, with students taking six credit hours per semester. The schedule allows students to work full-time while in the program.