COURSES

For students entering Fall 2019

First Year

4 units          GSD 3348       The Idea of Environment (Required)
4 units          GSD 5291       Theories for Practice in Conflict, Crisis, and Recovery (Required)
24 units                                Electives or Distributional Electives* (Suggestions Below)

Second Year

Coursework Track:
16 units                                Electives or Distributional Electives* (Suggestions Below)

Or

Thesis Track:
16 units                                Electives or Distributional Electives* (Suggestions Below)
8 units          GSD 9304       Independent Thesis for the Degree Master in Design Studies

*Students are required to fulfill the following distributional electives from approved lists of courses:
4 units of methodology
4 units of mapping or representation

Distributional Electives

Methodology Distributional Electives
DES-3378                             Place-Based Design Inquiry (not offered in 2019/20)
SES-5215                             Analytic Methods of Urban Planning: Quantitative
SES-5216                             Analytic Methods: Qualitative
MIT 11.220                          Quantitative Reasoning and Statistical Methods for Planning I
MIT 11.328                          Urban Design Skills: Observing, Interpreting, and Representing the City
MIT 11.523                          Fundamentals of Spatial Database Management

Mapping and Representation Distributional Electives
VIS-2129                              Spatial Analysis and the Built Environment
SCI-6322                              Mapping: Geographic Representation and Speculation
MIT 11.205                          Introduction to Spatial Analysis
MIT 11.328                          Urban Design Skills: Observing, Interpreting, and Representing the City
MIT 11.523                          Fundamentals of Spatial Database Management

This is a preliminary template of courses that have been taken by students in the past. Students may work individually with the Risk and Resilience Area Heads to craft a set of methodology courses specific to their research plans. Course Catalog can be found here.

(Required courses for students who entered in Fall 2018.)
(Required courses for students who entered in Fall 2017.)

Students contemplating cross-registering for courses at another Harvard school must abide by the dates and policies of the school in which the course is offered. Priority for enrollment may be given to the other school’s students first before cross-registrations are accepted — enrollment is not guaranteed. See https://www.gsd.harvard.edu/resources/cross-registration-policies-procedures/

The list of required and elective courses for Master in Design Studies: Risk and Resilience can also be found here.