Master of Urban Management
Faculty of Management – CEPT University
Habitat Managers play an important role in understanding and managing the complexities of our towns and cities. Indian cities are growing at a very rapid pace and as cities grow in terms of population and expand in size, they need constant attention to maintain the existing structures and manage the future expansion. Habitat Management is an upcoming field requiring specialized knowledge of urban management practices and core management principles. Habitat Managers focus on understanding how towns and cities function and they strive to improve the technological, operational and financial sustainability of cities with the aim of improving liveability.
The two-year Master’s Program in Habitat Management leads to the award of the Master of Habitat Management (MHM) degree. The program launched in 2013 aspires to bring about notable changes in urban India by creating a pool of high quality professionals dedicated to management of human habitats. The program helps students develop skills to address complex problems like enhancing long term efficiency of urban services, improving day-to-day functioning of cities and finding ways to improve financing of urban systems. The program focuses on inter-disciplinary training while developing skills of effective management. Teachers are drawn from practicing professionals who bring practical experience to the classroom and academics that complement the teaching with theoretical and critical approaches. This program opens up new avenues for young professionals to upgrade their capacities and credentials, and seek employment with local governments, international development agencies, management companies, infrastructure development and project management companies, real estate and asset management consultancies. It also provides an opportunity for wider exposure to architecture, planning, construction, design and management of human habitats.
During the first ‘foundation’ semester, students undertake courses, which help them, learn about the urban context and develop proficiency in communication, accounting, management principles and basic problem solving for urban utilities-identification of issues and finding solutions. The teaching programs at CEPT University focus on building professional capacities and therefore there is significant emphasis on ‘studios’.
During the next two semesters, core of their focus is on studio exercises for preparing management plans for an urban neighbourhood and large urban area. Students also undertake other coursework in organizational behaviour, urban finance, ethics and government, e-governance, business skills, urban infrastructure, social utilities, entrepreneurship development, marketing & branding, contract management, project management, negotiation & conflict management, smart cities, etc. During the fourth semester students are required to complete a capstone project – an individually selected guided design or research project.
To enable students to pursue their individual interests only three quarters of the total academic workload is mandated. Students choose courses from the many available electives to complete the rest. Twice, during breaks between semesters, students are required to sign up for study tours or courses organized as part of the Summer School and Winter School programs.
Admission and Prerequisites
Admission to the program is based on academic history during undergraduate studies, written test, group discussion and in-person / teleconference interview. The applications will be scrutinized in a two stage evaluation process.
Minimum Qualification to apply for this program includes a recognized Bachelor’s degree from any stream with a minimum of 55% aggregate marks for general category candidates and 50% aggregate marks for reserved categories candidates. Professional work experience is desirable.
International Entry Requirements
CEPT’s guiding principal for International Admissions is to seek equivalence between International standards achieved and those of Indian home students. There are differences between Europe, America and India in degree length, academic standards and award structure. CEPT will therefore consider each International application on its merits seeking international equivalence and bearing in mind any professional requirements that these Programs have.
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Last updated September 28, 2017