Depending on the nature of prior graduate work, the doctoral degree will require between 61 and 83 credit hours, or more, and extend a minimum of six full time semesters of course work. The degree includes core, dissertation field, qualifying examination, and dissertation benchmarks. The core is composed of a sequence of semester-long doctoral seminars in metropolitan planning, metropolitan policy, metropolitan design, research design, technical writing, and teaching methods for a total of 21 credits. (Students without an accredited planning master degree will need to take up to 22 credits in core planning courses.) Doctoral students will complete a minimum of 18 credits in a “dissertation” field including courses outside the Department. The qualifying examination will demonstrate the ability of the candidate to undertake independent research through the preparation of a paper sufficient for submission to a scholarly journal; the paper itself will include literature review, theory, research design, research execution, findings, and conclusions. The dissertation will then be proposed, prepared, and defended.
Applicants are normally expected to have a masters degree in planning, policy, design, or related field, though exceptional candidates with bachelors degrees and substantial related professional experience may be admitted to pursue the masters and Ph.D. Programs in planning concurrently. In addition to Graduate School application forms and transcripts, all applicants must submit GRE scores, resume, two letters of reference, writing and/or other portfolio samples, statement of interest, presentation of a dissertation topic, and where feasible campus visits.
The deadline for admissions is January 15 for the following fall. No applications are accepted for January admission
Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah
Coordinator of the Doctoral Program, City & Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah