The Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning and Design is a 39-credit program. The program is highly selective and individualized. Approximately seven students are admitted each year. Adequately prepared students will generally need four semesters of formal course work leading to comprehensive exams, and all students are required to spend a minimum of two years in residence. The program is designed as a three-and-a-half year full-time program to completion of the dissertation.
Students admitted to the doctoral program will be expected to have completed a master’s degree in a related field including, but not exclusively, urban planning, architecture, historic preservation or landscape architecture. Students are expected to enter the Ph.D. program with two semesters of graduate-level quantitative research methods. These courses can be taken after entrance to the program and prior to the advanced methods course.
Students may transfer a maximum of six credits into the program. The courses must have been taken at the graduate level, must receive faculty approval and cannot replace the core courses. These courses must not have been used toward another degree.
For further information, contact Professor Marie Howland.