The mission of the Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Development is to train leading scholars in urban planning and the related areas of urban studies, urban development, and the interaction of human agency and the environment. We achieve that mission through Ph.D. education that emphasizes student engagement in research throughout their time in the degree program, faculty mentoring, faculty-student collaboration in research, and a strong multidisciplinary perspective that provides students with the theoretical and methodological depth needed to pursue dissertation research.
The learning objectives of the Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Development are listed below.
This will include a minimum of 6-8 units of advanced methodology coursework. Most students will be expected to exceed the minimum 6-8 units of advanced methods coursework. Specific courses appropriate for the methods requirement should be selected by the student in consultation with their advisor and, as appropriate, other program faculty members.
This will typically include a minimum of 8 units of advanced theoretical coursework taken within the context of the required 16 units of required field courses. Specific courses appropriate for theoretical depth should be selected by the student in consultation with their advisor and, as appropriate, other program faculty members.