Ph.D. in Urban Planning

The Ph.D. in Urban Planning program prepares students for careers in teaching, research, and policy in the field of urban planning. In consultation with faculty, students develop individual study programs anchored in advanced knowledge of the socioeconomic, political, and environmental processes that shape cities and regions, and the quality of life within them. Organizing this inquiry are questions related to justice, and democracy. The goal is to educate and train individuals with advanced theoretical and methodological skills that can be applied to urban and contemporary issues.

At the center of the Ph.D. curriculum are two doctoral seminars on advanced planning theory and advanced planning history along with four doctoral colloquia that deal with specific issues within planning thought. In general, these core courses draw on advanced knowledge in theories of planning, theories of state and collective decision-making and action, and theories of urban form and development. Befitting the nature of the planning project, knowledge from various social science disciplines, the humanities, and the natural sciences is brought to bear on key ideas and arguments within the field.

Students are also required to take at least two courses in advanced methods. These can include courses in research design, advanced statistics, epistemology, and specific data collection procedures (e.g., ethnography, survey design). As for the sector specialization, the student is expected to take one or more advanced seminars in a specialized planning field such as housing, urban land markets, environmental planning, or international development. Lastly, the program requires all Ph.D. students to develop an outside field consisting of at least three interrelated courses. This could include such well-defined “fields” as urban politics, real estate development, international development policy, globalization, or twentieth-century American urban history.

Ph.D. Committee
Robert A. Beauregard (Chair)
Lance Freeman
Weiping Wu

Spring 2017 Courses

Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
GU4548‑1 Spring 2017
Displacing God: Architecture, Modern & the Post-Secular
María González Pendás Non-Western
934 Schermerhorn Hall
M 12:10PM- 2 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
PLA6805‑1 Spring 2017
Advanced Planning History
Elliott Sclar PhD Only
412 Avery
W 11 AM - 1 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
Pla8901‑1 Spring 2017
Doctor Colloquium II
Weiping Wu Required PhD 1
504 Avery Hall
Tu 11 AM - 1 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
Pla8903‑1 Spring 2017
Doctor Colloquium IV
Weiping Wu Required PhD 2
504 Avery Hall
Tu 11 AM - 1 PM
Full Semester
3 Points