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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: