Regional Planning, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Regional Planning

Students, together with their faculty adviser and program committee, select theory, methods, and specialization courses to meet the Ph.D. requirements and prepare for a successful career of advanced research and teaching.

A successful dissertation in planning reports original research on a subject appropriate to the field, the results of which produce significant advances in knowledge. Each student takes a Preliminary Examination, which is an oral examination based on the dissertation proposal and is administered by the student's dissertation committee. Upon approval of the dissertation proposal, the candidate can proceed with the research, written analysis, and findings. When the candidate and the supervisor agree that the research and writing are complete, the candidate is ready for the final examination, which is a defense of the dissertation before the committee.

Please consult the department's website for additional information about doctoral requirements.

Entering with approved Master's Degree

Planning theory (UP 501 and UP 580; UP 501 may be waived for students with a PAB-accredited master’s in planning)4-8
Research design (min)4
Research methods (min)12
Electives including areas of specialization28
UP 599Thesis Research (min/max applied toward degree)1-16
Total Hours64

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Master's Degree Required for Admission to PhD? No
Plan of Study Required Yes
Two Synthesis Papers Required Yes
Qualifying Exam or Qualifying Research Paper Required Yes
Preliminary Exam Required Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required Yes
Minimum GPA: 3.0

Entering with approved Bachelor's Degree

Planning theory (UP 501 and UP 580; UP 501 may be waived for students with a PAB-accredited master’s in planning)8
Research design (min)4
Research methods (min)12
Electives including areas of specialization56
UP 599Thesis Research (min/max applied toward degree)1-16
Total Hours96

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Master's Degree Required for Admission to PhD? No
Plan of Study Required Yes
Two Synthesis Papers Required Yes
Qualifying Exam or Qualifying Research Paper Required Yes
Preliminary Exam Required Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required Yes
Minimum GPA: 3.0