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Gibbs College of Architecture


OU’s Gibbs College of Architecture at OU-Tulsa offers the Master of Urban Design program 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.

Program Highlights

  • 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.

Urban Design Careers

  • 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

Frequently Asked Questions

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.




Building Blocks

Harrah Sweeney Switch

Imagining Whittier Square

It Takes A Village

OUUDS Annual Report 2021


Plaza of the Americas

Connecting Greenwood

Biophilic Urban Spaces

Cottonwood Park

Maple Ridge Great Streets

Chown Place Leaves the Nest



OUUDS Annual Report 2020

Collinsville Depot Market

Founders Place Pattern Book

Honoring Renties Grove

Jenks East Focused Learning

Laura Dester Redevelopment

Pop-Up Playscape

OUUDS Annual Report 2019                                                                                                                                      Broken Arrow Gateways Creating a Sense of Place
Cottage Community Macro to Micro
Exploring Perceptions of Safety Denver Avenue Station
Powell Explorer Park Redesign Proposal
Growing Greenwood
Lively and Livable Reinvigorating Second Street
Osage Forest of Peace Campus Master Plan
Soundscapes of Public Places: Towards an Understanding of Wholeness

OUUDS Annual Report 2018
Dementia Friendly Tulsa 
Red Fork Small Area Plan 
Chapman Green Placemaking 
Claremore Low Impact Development Guidelines

Downtown Muskogee Plan
East Tulsa International Place
OUUDS Annual Report 2017

OUUDS Annual Report 2016 
See Sand Springs Economic Development Plan 
Turkey Mountain - Tulsa's Wild Place 
Sequoyah Elementary Active Transportation Analysis 
Sand Springs Community Garden 
Rethinking Transit

OUUDS Annual Report 
Route 66: A String of Pearls 
Riverwood Housing Guidelines 
Walkable Downtown Development 
Tulsa Parks Health Impact Assessment

Sustainable OU Landscapes
Tulsa's Regional Farmers Market
Adair Street: Past, Present and Future

Tulsa Residential Zoning Chart
The Greenwood Line
Pickel House
Tisdale Clinic Post-Occupancy Evaluation

Kendall-Whittier On the Go!
Mingo Creek: Diamond in The Rough
Developing Tulsa's Riverfront
Maintaining Small Town Character: Depew

The Northland Plan
Tulsa Photovoice
Thunderbird Youth Academy
Child Deserts
Not That Kind of City
Teaching Students Earth Friendly Design
Biomimetic Building Skins
Rousette: Arizona Challenge

Active Transportation Analysis for Schools
Neighborhood Planning Academy
Bartlesville Parks and Recreation Analysis
Political Attitudes and Urban Form in Tulsa
A Place to Call Home for Vulnerable Citizens
Re-Branding Will Rogers High School
Turley Community Garden Park
Polycentric Tulsa

Online Collaboration by Design
Forest Orchard Neighborhood Plan
Refill: Tulsa North
Green Roof: Plant Trial Array
TCC: Transit Feasibility
Carfree Tulsa
Grove Community School

Northeastern State University Plan
Tulsa Community Schools
Development Intensity Transect
White City Neighborhood Plan
Public Art for Tulsa

Skiatook Town Plan
West Bank Arkansas River
Lortondale Intensive Level Survey
Tulsa Arts District
Utica Avenue Pedestrian Plan
Neighborhood Association Survey

Midtown Tulsa Redux
Step Pharmacy / Route 66
Downtown Ballpark
Gunboat Park Plan
Downtown / River Links

Sparrows' Landing Master Plan
Tracy Park / Gunboat Park Plan
DVIS Protective Order Mapping
Tulsa Urban Mapping Project
Riverview Neighborhood Plan