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Urban Planning Thesis

The thesis is a requirement of the Masters of Urban Planning Program. In its simplest description, a thesis is an individually-researched and analyzed answer to a planning question. The goal of a thesis is to teach students to carry out independent research - whether interviews, statistical analysis, literature review, or fieldwork (or some combination of all of these) - and to hone their professional writing skills in presenting their research.

Students register for thesis in both the fall and spring semesters. During the first half of the fall semester, there are regular classes to support students in the initial development of their thesis question and in identifying appropriate research methods. Later, students work in small groups with their faculty advisor. In the second semester, work is largely independent as students analyze the results of their research and prepare the written document. The final copy of the thesis, incorporating corrections and changes suggested during the jury, is due prior to graduation in May. Each year at graduation prizes are awarded for the theses that faculty consider to be exemplary, those chosen for prizes are indicated below by an asterisk.

Theses from produced in recent years by graduates of the Urban Planning Program are listed below. Theses produced prior to 2012 include the title and abstract for each thesis. These titles are housed in Special Collections, Avery Library, and may be requested through the library. Theses produced since 2012 are available digitally through Academic Commons, the University’s digital research repository, and can be accessed by clicking on the titles below. Graduating students have the option of deferring the publication of their thesis on Academic Commons for up to two years, if an abstract appears for a given title but does not have an option to download the full thesis then it is not yet available for public view. 

2014 Urban Planning Theses

*Denotes a thesis awarded a prize at commencement.

2013 Urban Planning Theses

*Denotes a thesis awarded a prize at commencement.

2012 Urban Planning Theses

*Denotes commencement prize recipient.

2011 Urban Planning Theses

This list is incomplete.
* Denotes commencement prize recipient.

2010 Urban Planning Theses

* Denotes commencement prize recipient.

2009 Urban Planning Theses

*Denotes commencement prize recipient.

2008 Urban Planning Theses

*Denotes commencement prize recipient.