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Master of Urban Planning

Master of Urban Planning

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Execute your master plan for career growth.

Today’s rate of urbanization around the world is incredible, with a majority of the world’s population now living in cities. In 2016, Gulf News listed a career in urban planning as one of the “top ten careers for tomorrow.”

No matter your undergraduate major, you can advance your career as a skilled leader and professional in planning and managing urban development with our Master of Urban Planning (MUP) degree.

As the first professional program of its kind in the UAE, our program is led by dedicated faculty who offer you practical approaches to understanding and engaging with urban development trends and issues in the real-world. Learn how to address complex urban development issues effectively. Grow in confidence as a leader in policymaking and administration and influence sustainable change at a local and national level.

Take the multidisciplinary road to a successful future in urban planning.

Our program provides professional men and women like you with an outstanding, multidisciplinary graduate education. This will enable you to fill leadership roles in managing urban growth, prescribing urbanization policies and advancing social development.

With the highest commitment to our students and their education, we offer a high-quality educational setting that integrates theoretical principles of urban planning with practical applications.

As the premiere institution for graduate education in urban planning in the UAE, we aim to attract only the most qualified students with indisputable potential for leadership. MUP students in CAAD benefit from a professional network built upon our cooperation and partnerships with governmental bodies, professional and academic organizations, and non-governmental organizations.

Gain the skills you need to reach the top.

After completing your MUP degree, you will have the knowledge and skills to effectively engage in urban planning practice at local, national, regional and international levels. Many of our alumni are in leadership roles in planning administration and policymaking in the UAE.

With a solid foundation in urban planning theory and concepts, you will successfully deal with planning challenges in their local context without overlooking broader global dimensions. By valuing sustainability as a basic guiding principle, you will be better equipped to actively address these challenges in a way that creates positive impact and change. 

Our graduates are successful urban planners who are making a difference in their communities. They influence urban development and policymaking in various sectors, from local government to consulting firms across the nation.

Advance your career path with a fully accredited graduate degree.

Choosing to advance your career in urban planning with CAAD means you will receive fully accredited qualifications, allowing you to secure leadership roles throughout the region and the world.

Our Master of Urban Planning (MUP) is fully accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Education's Higher Education Affairs Division .

Let our seasoned faculty be your guide.

As you work alongside our seasoned faculty, you will benefit from their experience and expertise as industry professionals. Your instructors are highly qualified and experts in their respective fields; they will take you through an interactive, interdisciplinary journey of learning and development.

Take advantage of our flexible study options.

Made up of a total of 11 courses, the MUP program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis, giving you the flexibility to choose a workload that suits your circumstances. Full-time students typically register for three courses each semester and complete the program in two years. Part-time students typically register for one or two courses each semester and complete the program in three or more years.

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