Urban and Regional Planning and Design, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Doctoral students are required to complete 39 credits, including 12 credits of URSP899.

The Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning and Design is a 39-credit program. The program is highly selective and individualized. Approximately five students will be 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 full-time program to be completed in four years.

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, real estate development, 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 their advanced methods course.

Course Title Credits
Required courses:
URSP804Advanced Planning Theory3
URSP810Contemporary Metropolitan Issues3
URSP805Seminar in Research Design3
Advanced Analytical Methods course3
Select three major field courses9
Select two minor field courses6
Dissertation Research Requirements
URSP899Doctoral Dissertation Research12
Total Credits39