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Ph.D. in Metropolitan Planning, Policy, and Design


The doctoral degree in Metropolitan Planning, Policy and Design helps meet society’s need for researchers, scholars, teachers, and leaders to make our metropolitan areas sustainable and resilient. The planning challenge is to anticipate change and learn how best to manage it; the policy challenge is how to craft and implement policies needed to facilitate desired change; and the design challenge is how to shape the built environment to achieve desired outcomes.

Curriculum

The doctoral degree includes core, electives, qualifying examination, proposal, and dissertation benchmarks. The following outlines the degree requirements for students entering the program in fall semester 2019 or later. The total number of credits needed to graduate is 55 with a master’s degree in planning, 58 with a master’s degree in another field, and 76 without a master’s degree. The entire program takes between 5 to 7 years, depending on prior graduate work. The following outlines the degree requirements for students entering the program fall semester of 2019 or later. We recommend you meet with your advisor every semester to plan out coursework.

Planning Foundation (0-24)

For students with an accredited planning master’s degree from Utah or elsewhere, the graduate planning core is waived.

For students with a master’s degree in another area from Utah or elsewhere, the graduate planning core is waived except for CMP7100 – Urban & Planning Theory (3).

For those without a graduate degree, the MCMP core is required (see list below). For most students, completing the core planning courses will require the equivalent of about one full academic year of study.

CMP 6010 Community & Regional Analysis (3)

CMP 6160 Plan Making (3)

CMP 6260 Land Use Law (3)

CMP 6322 City & Metropolitan Economics (3)

CMP 6430 Community Engagement in Planning (3)

CMP 6450 Geographic Information Systems in Planning (3)

CMP 6610 Urban Ecology (3)

CMP 7100 Urban & Planning Theory (3)

 

Doctoral Foundation (16)

The doctoral foundation is composed of 4 semester-long doctoral seminars in research design, quantitative methods, qualitative methods, and theory. Students also take 4 semesters of the research seminar in the first two years of the program; however, the department expects students to participate in the seminar beyond the first two years of study.

CMP 7840 Advanced Planning Theory (3)

CMP 7401 Research Design for Metropolitan Planning, Policy and Design (3)

CMP 7302 Qualitative Methods for Planners and Designers (3)

CMP 7022 Quantitative Methods in Planning (3)

CMP 7501 Metropolitan Planning, Policy and Design Research Seminar (1) x 4 semesters.

 

Elective Courses (12)

Elective courses are selected in consultation with the Supervisory Committee and should be selected to deepen knowledge in substantive areas related to the dissertation project. While a minimum number of credits are expected, this may vary depending on the level of preparation by the student as determined by the Supervisory Committee. The courses can be taken inside or outside of the department and must be numbered 6000 and above.

 

Qualifying Examination (minimum 6 credit hours required)

The qualifying (or preliminary) examination requires the student to produce a scholarly piece of work that is of publishable quality. The paper typically includes a review of relevant literature, methods/data collection, findings, conclusion, and implications for planning, policy, and/or design. Students enroll in this course while working on the qualifying exam paper. This course may be repeated.

CMP 7930 Qualifying Exam (1 to 9)

 

Dissertation Research Proposal (minimum 3 credit hours required)

Candidates will prepare and defend their proposal for a dissertation based on the plan and format negotiated with the Supervisory Committee. Students enroll in this course while writing the proposal. This course may be repeated.

CMP 7940 Dissertation Research Proposal (3)

 

Dissertation (minimum 18 credit hours required)

Students are required to write and defend their dissertation in order to graduate from the program. Typically, a dissertation is a written work on a singular topic, but a three discrete paper dissertation is also an option. An approved dissertation proposal is required before taking dissertation credits. This course may be repeated.

CMP 7970 Dissertation (1 – 18)


 

Questions?

CMP Main Office
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plan@arch.utah.edu
Academic Program Manager
Alex Francis-Riggan
alex.francis@utah.edu