Masters Program

The Masters of Tall Buildings and Vertical Urbanism (MTBVU), 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. 

This exciting new program will be accepting its first students for intake in August 2022. To learn more about this program, please visit or contact [email protected]

Click here to read the masters program guide

Program Highlights

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Help Determine the Future of Humanity on This Planet

This program seeks to achieve the most sustainable solutions for an urban future, in the increasing emergencies of climate change, health and wellness, population growth and mass urbanization.

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Work in a Multidisciplinary Setting

Collaborate with students and early-career professionals of all backgrounds to determine the most viable and sustainable way forward for cities.

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Funding and Travel Opportunities

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

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Experience the Learning Labs of Chicago and IIT

Chicago—and IIT—were the first crucibles for the skyscraper, and continue to be driving forces for the evolution of cities. Study in, and experience, the high-rise learning laboratories that are Chicago and the home of Mies van der Rohe. 

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Career Opportunities

Many of the renowned firms supporting this course offer a paid one-year internship, pending an application process, after successful graduation.

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Beyond the Trophy Building

The program focuses beyond the tall building as a singular icon, to considering the three-dimensional vertical city as a whole.




In partnership with the Illinois Institute of Technology