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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.

Prizes are awarded each year for the theses that faculty consider to be exemplary. Recent thesis titles are listed below; linked abstracts allow for a more complete look at the work. Urban Planning theses are filed in Avery Library with the Rare Books collection and are available for review in Avery Library.

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.