PhD in Urban and Regional Planning Curriculum
The following are doctoral-level courses offered by the School of Planning. See the curriculum page of the Master of Community Planning program for additional courses available to doctoral students. Download the curriculum for the PhD program.
All courses are 4 credit hours unless otherwise noted.
PLAN8001: Development Theory
This course examines theories and models of social and economic development at multiple scales and in domestic and global settings.
PLAN8002: Urban and Regional Theory
The course focuses on the study of metropolitan regions and the locational characteristics of their economic and social activities. It discusses and debates the new theories of location and allocation of urban activities, of metropolitan growth and decline, as well as the factors shaping the spatial organization of central cities and suburbs.
PLAN8010: Applied Regression Analysis for Planners
This course provides a rigorous introduction to regression analysis, which doubtlessly is the most widely used multivariate statistical technique for analysis of social, economic, and planning data.
PLAN8011: Advanced Qualitative Methods
Qualitative inquiry draws on a broad spectrum of epistemological and ontological debates. Methods to be taught will be a range of powerful quantitative methods often used in dissertation and academic research in the social sciences, such as survey analysis, content analysis, interviews, focus groups, case study development, and participant observation.
PLAN8012: Advanced Quantitative Methods
This course builds on and expands methods taught in the MCP core curriculum to understand how advanced quantitative methods can be better incorporated into research.
PLAN8013: Policy Analysis for Regional Development
This course introduces students to policy analysis in the context of regional development.
PLAN8020: Doctoral Colloquium (1 credit hour)
This course if designed to create an academic community and bolster academic skills among all the doctoral students at every level.
PLAN8021: Research Design for Regional Development Planning
This course prepares the student for designing and writing a dissertation.
PLAN8022: Dissertation Research in Regional Development Planning I
This course is to be taken during Fall semester of the third year by PhD students in the Regional Development Planning program who are devoted full-time to preparing for dissertation proposal.
PLAN8023: Dissertation Research in Regional Development Planning II (1 credit hour)
This course is intended to be taken during spring semester of the third year by PhD students in the Regional Development Planning program who are devoted full-time to preparing for their dissertation.
PLAN8024: Dissertation Research in Regional Development Planning III (1 credit hour)
This course is intended to be taken during the fourth year by PhD students in the Regional Development Planning program who are devoted full-time to completion of their dissertation.
PLAN8026, 8027: Research Apprenticeship I, II
This course prepares the student for gaining hands-on research experience with a professor of choice (most likely their chair).
PLAN8030: Implementation and Management of Regional Development Plans
This course focuses on implementation of regional development plans and programs.
PLAN8031: Regional Planning and Governance
Present day concerns about ecological sustainability, economic stability, and social equity are drawing attention to how regions can effectively respond to these challenges.
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