Masters Program

The Master of Tall Buildings and Vertical Urbanism (M.TBVU), a collaboration between the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), is the world’s first multidisciplinary advanced degree focused specifically on the high-rise. In the age of rapid urbanization, this building type, more than any other, holds the key to sustainable existence for humanity on this planet. This new, design- and research-based program brings together students and professionals from architecture, real estate, engineering, urban design, construction management, business, finance, and other backgrounds, in a unique learning environment built to foster interdisciplinary research and experience. 


“Future generations must design responsive, high-density cities that support both human and environmental health.”

His Excellency, Mohamed Ali Alabbar, Founder and Chairman, 
Emaar Properties, Dubai

Advisory and Teaching Panel Member


Learn more about the 2022-2023 Studio (first intake class)

CTBUH and IIT Studio travel to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur


Featured News:

IIT and CTBUH Launch New Tall-Buildings Degree Programs, The Architect's Newspaper, 20 September, 2022. 



This exciting new program is accepting students for intake in August 2023.


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Program Highlights

Renowned faculty and advisory panel members guide the program and enable students to engage directly with experts in the field. 

Recent student projects with a focus on tall buildings emphasize the importance of connected urbanism. 

Sponsored programs through CTBUH—as well as potential paid internships—support research, international travel, and other opportunities.

An unparalleled combination of academic and professional resources.


Statement on STEM

The M.TBVU program is officially approved as a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) designated field of study in Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s STEM designated fields list. International students who have earned degrees in STEM fields in the US, may apply for a 24 month extension of their post completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment for a total of 36 months, a significant benefit for international students who wish to stay and work in the US, post-graduation.