The UPPP Ph.D. program requires a minimum of 48 credit hours beyond the master's degree, including 39 credit hours of coursework and a minimum of 9 dissertation credit hours. The 39 credit hours of coursework include: 6 hours of leveling courses, 9 hours in the required core of urban planning and public policy, 6 hours of methods courses and 18 hours of elected specialization courses. Courses and credit hours may be waived for students with relevant previous coursework upon approval of the Dissertation Supervisor and Program Director.
Coursework in the required core, which covers core knowledge and competencies in planning and policy, as well as the courses in the selected field areas prepares students for the field exam. In their first semester, students select their Supervisory Committee based on their interests and take a diagnostic exam. The student’s Supervisory Committee will then guide their course work, including any extra courses needed based on their diagnostic exam.
Leveling Courses (6 hours)
Required Core Courses (9 credit hours)
Methods Courses (6 hours)
Urban Planning and Public Policy Fields Courses (18 hours)
Students take 18 hours of courses in their elected field area of planning and/or policy, preparing the student for the dissertation and beyond. Courses are determined in consultation and approval with the student's Dissertation Supervisor and Supervisory Committee.
Students are encouraged to use faculty resources and the opportunities offered in SUPA and UTA to specialize in following field areas or their combinations:
Dissertation (minimum 9 hours)
Students take a diagnostic exam in their first semester or minimum 9 hours of course work so that their Supervisory Committee can be selected and guide them in their selection of courses. When a student has completed their coursework, they will be given a field exam by their Supervisory Committee. Once the field exam is successfully completed, the student must start work on their dissertation proposal which must be defended within 6 months of their field exam.
Deficiency & Field Courses
The Supervisory Committee decides and guides on needed field areas and additional course work based on the deficiencies beginning from the diagnostics process, but more so during the proposal preparation stage and also in the Proposal Defense.
Deficiency courses can be on the selected field area or other needed courses. The final decision on deficiencies will be determined in the proposal defense session.
Urban Policy and Planning
Physical Planning, Development and Urban Design
Real Estate Development
Land Use/Transportation Analysis, Planning & Policy
Environmental Planning Policy/Sustainability
Environmental Policy Planning
Environmental Science & Engineering