Urban Planning, PhD

The PhD program in urban planning educates scholars for positions in leading universities; research institutions; nongovernmental organizations; international multilateral institutions; national, state and local governments; and high-level consulting firms. Topics and methods are wide-ranging and include spatial, theoretical and urban design inquiry, with a focus on the built environment, its problems, and potential solutions that improve the quality of life of urban residents.

Students benefit from a wide variety of coursework and research opportunities in five broad interdisciplinary themes that span the expertise of the faculty within the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning:

  • city building and urban structure
  • environmental and resiliency planning
  • housing, neighborhoods, and community development
  • spatial analytics and smart cities
  • transportation planning and policy

Degree Offered

Urban Planning, PhD
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of


Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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