MS Housing and Community Development

Program Introduction

Not Offering in Spring 2022

The Masters in Housing and Community Development Program 2022 at UMT is aimed at enhancing and advancing students’ knowledge, skills and social understanding within a professional urban development context. It provides an in depth view of housing systems, policies and practices to become an urban and regional planner. Students are provided with a framework for discussing the development, financing and management of housing.

The program is designed to equip students with skills and knowledge necessary to become housing professionals. The program critically evaluates the functioning of international systems and urban problems. The  Masters in Housing and Community Development program is designed, keeping in mind the broader socioeconomic and political contexts that influence the development of policy and infrastructure in the built environment. The aim is to prepare professionals for both the public and private sector of housing in Pakistan and the region. They impart detailed insights of social, political, economic, legal and physical traditions within the administering framework of housing issues. 

The curriculum of MS in Housing and Community Development program is based on four themes which are socio-economic aspects of housing and planning, design and construction techniques, legal and financial governance, development and management housing policies. Students are encouraged to take part in research work related to housing by collaborating with bodies of the housing industry. Their research work is published in seminars and conferences, nationally and internationally. They actively participate in study tours of various residential areas and learn through success stories of guest speakers.

The program is also a part of student exchange program with the School of Housing, Building and Planning (HBP) at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) which is offering MSc Housing for a considerable time. The degree has recognition with UN-HABITAT Universities for its excellent road map and teaching methods.  Such exchange programs act as a link between the community of both universities widening their circle of knowledge, experiences and lifelong learning in all dimensions of the housing industry from urban contexts.

Students completing this specialization may find employment in public planning and community development agencies, community-based organizations, or with private developers.

Program Details

2 Years
  • Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch) accredited by PCATP or
  • Bachelor of Science in City and Regional Planning (BSc CRP) accredited by PCATP
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSc Civil Engineering) accredited by PEC
  • Bachelor of Building and Architectural Engineering accredited by PEC or
  • Bachelor of Environmental Engineering accredited by PEC


  • 2.5/4.0 CGPA or 50% in annual system
  • GAT General 50%
  • Interview