Urban Sustainability & Resilience

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Launching Fall 2020

The University of Miami is proud to announce its Master of Professional Science degree in Urban Sustainability and Resilience. This exciting program is the result of a collaborative effort between the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Architecture.

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Miami is the ideal living laboratory, an urban landscape to explore, analyze and propose solutions to the complex interrelationships among globalization, sustainability and planning, such as health, housing, crime, the environment, disaster mitigation, and sea-level rise. This unique program is designed for students from diverse backgrounds in architecture, environmental sciences, management, social sciences, or those already working in green careers.

Curriculum

The Master of Professional Science degree (MPS) in Urban Sustainability and Resilience is an interdisciplinary 36 credit program offered jointly between the College of Arts & Sciences' Department of Geography and Regional Studies and the School of Architecture. The curriculum leverages the knowledge, skills and hands-on practical engagement necessary for students working toward contributing to the urban challenges confronting cities on the front lines of climate change.

  • 4 Core Courses
  • 1 Track Core Course
  • 3 Track Electives
  • 2 Additional Electives
  • Practicum, design studio, or project studio

Students are required to complete the following 12 core credits:

  • ARC 621 - Urban Design History and Theory
  • ARC 679 - An Introduction to Resilient Community Design
  • GEG 620 - Sustainable Cities
  • GEG 623 - Seminar in Urban Management

The Sustainability track is supervised by Dr. Shoureseni Sen Roy of the College of Arts & Sciences' Department of Geography and Regional Studies. Students who select the track in Sustainability must take GEG 661 - Urban Geography, as well as 9 additional credits in sustainability from the list below:

  • ARC 626 - Landscape Architecture Design II
  • ARC 628 - Historic Preservation
  • ARC 640 - Tropical Architecture
  • ARC 641 - Seminar on Town Design
  • ARC 685 - Sustainable Design in Context
  • ARC 690 - History of Cities
  • GEG 622 - Urbanization in the Developing World
  • GEG 643 - Population, Sustainability, and Media
  • GEG 648 - Climate Change & Public Health
  • IGS 644 - Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability
  • IGS 647 - Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Aid

The Resilience track is supervised by Professor Sonia Chao of the School of Architecture. Students who select the track in Resilience must take ARC 694 - Urban Design Theory and Practice, as well as 9 additional credits in resilience from the list below:

  • ARC 622 - History Theory III - Housing, Transport and Infrastructure
  • ARC 623 - Urban Design Competition
  • ARC 639 - Adaptation to Climate Change
  • ARC 643 - Seminar to Retrofit Suburbia
  • ARC 648 - Seminar in Community Development
  • ARC 680 - Professional Advancement, Internship + Research (PAIR)
  • ARC 684 - Special Problems (RAD-LAB UM)
  • ARC 697 - Designing for the Internet of Things
  • GEG 636 - Sustainable Food Systems
  • GEG 680 - Spatial Data Analysis
  • GEG 681 - Spatial Data Analysis II
  • RED 601 - Introduction to Real Estate Development and Urbanism
  • RED 650 - Complex Real Estate Transactions
  • RED 660 - Urban Infill, Historic Preservation & Mixed-use Development

Electives may be taken in the School of Architecture, School of Education and Human Development, the College of Engineering, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences, the Miami Herbert Business School, the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, the Miller School of Medicine, and the Departments of Anthropology, International Studies, and the Master of Arts in International Administration within the College of Arts and Sciences.

A 6-credit practicum report, internship project, design studio, or project studio will be required in order to complete the program.

Industry Outlook

Employment for individuals with specific training in the areas of sustainability and resilience is expected to grow 13% in the next 10 years with the required entry-level being a master's degree.

Median Incomes:

  • Urban Planner - $73,050.00
  • Sustainability Compliance Officer - $60,740.00
  • Conservation Scientist - $61,100.00
  • Environmental Scientists and Specialist - $63,570.00
  • Soil and Plant Scientist - $58,740.00
  • Environmental Engineer - $77, 240.00
  • Natural Sciences Manager - $114,770.00

Contact Us

URBadmissions@miami.edu

(305)284-8783

Office of Interdisciplinary & Professional Studies

1300 Campo Sano Avenue

Suite #215

Coral Gables, FL 33146

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