Master of Urban Design (MUD)

Application Requirements & Process


Before our online application opens in October:

  • Review the MUD program information;

  • Take the GRE exam as early as possible (and the TOEFL exam if you are a non-native English speaker);

  • Complete a portfolio as early as possible (must be under 20 MB, no exceptions); and

  • Ask three professors or employers permission to assign them as references.


Beginning around October 15:

Begin your online application. You do not have to complete all sections of the online application at once. You can revisit the online application by clicking on the link emailed to you by our online system.


Before our application deadline of January 5:

  • Contact Education Testing Services to send your GRE scores (and TOEFL scores) directly to our department, using the institution code 2074, GRE department code 4401, and TOEFL department code 12. Or contact the British Council to send your IELTS scores to:

    • Graduate Program Admission
      School of Architecture
      Carnegie Mellon University
      College of Fine Arts, Room 201
      Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA

  • Assign three references to your application. They will submit their evaluations by a separate process.

  • Upload the following according to the instructions on the online form:

    1. Statement of Purpose

    2. Unofficial copy of transcript(s)

    3. Unofficial copy of GRE (and TOEFL or IELTS) scores

    4. Portfolio - Submitted as single document submitted as a PDF (maximum file size of 20MB with a maximum resolution of 150dpi)

    5. Resume/CV

  • Pay the $75 application fee (online)

  • Verify that you have completed all of the above. Our graduate committee will only review your application once we have received all required documents.



Read our FAQ about the graduate application process. For other information, contact SoA Graduate Admissions.