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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.

Theses 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 and therefore not all theses since 2012 are yet made available.

Thesis Resources


Alumni who are interested in posting their thesis to the online repository, Academic Commons, should submit a completed Author Rights Agreement form, and a digital version of their thesis following the Digital Thesis Guidelines to the Urban Planning Office, 1172 Amsterdam Avenue, 413 Avery, New York, New York 10027

2015 Urban Planning Theses

*Denotes a thesis awarded a prize at commencement.


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.


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