GeoDesign (M.S.)

Program Director: Jim Querry


Geodesign involves a new thinking process—a fusion of ideas and concepts—seeing beyond the box. Geodesign takes an interdisciplinary, synergistic approach to solving critical problems and optimizing location, orientation and features of projects that are both local and global in scale. What makes this approach unique is that designers are the drivers of the process. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the M.S. in Geodesign will:

  • Demonstrate the integration of knowledge, analysis and research through the final small group research-based planning/design project.
  • Articulate, analyze critically and synthesize established theories and philosophies related to GeoDesign.
  • Review and analyze critically original research in GeoDesign and related disciplines.
  • Apply and synthesize GeoDesign-related research. 
  • Conduct cutting-edge, applied GeoDesign research that makes a contribution to the body of knowledge.
  • Demonstrate expertise within the integrated field of GeoDesign.
  • Demonstrate professional presentation and communication skills. 

Program Description

Philadelphia University’s M.S. in Geodesign is the first of its kind in the country and was created in response to an overwhelming need for professionals in the field. Emphasizing sustainable practices, collaboration and innovation within an integrated process, the program is intended for design and planning students to find resilient solutions to 21st century urban conditions such as population growth, decreasing resources, disaster mitigation and climate change. Geodesign is sustainability in practice, and our graduates will be leaders in this innovative process.

Geodesign students are directly involved in collaborative applied research projects with industry partners, state and federal grants, and community partnerships. They work with advanced technologies including GIS, Model Builder, Gaming, Robotics and BIM while they help develop and test new tools that inform future industry software. Our faculty is made of leading industry professionals. Graduates possess sought-after skills and are well prepared for dynamic careers in interdisciplinary firms, state and federal agencies, NGOs, academia and more.

This post-professional degree program will provide students with a comprehensive, innovative and multidisciplinary education that is intimately linked to the needs of the allied disciplines of landscape architecture, architecture, and urban planning.

Curriculum Design

The M.S. in Geodesign curriculum consists of 36 graduate credits. There is a series of three design studios complemented by GIS/modeling technology and other support courses. 



Accelerated Intro to GIS
 or equivalent prerequisite (Summer)


GeoDesign Studio I (Fall)


Geospatial Analysis I (Fall)


Environmental Policy (Fall)


Sustainable Design Methodologies (Fall)


GeoDesign Studio II (Spring)


Geospatial Analysis II (Spring)


Information Modeling (Spring)


Applied Research Studio (Summer)


GeoDesign Explorations (Summer)


Graduate Elective (Summer)