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Doctorate in Architecture Curriculum

Students enrolled in the PhD program complete 80 credits over the course of five years. For the first two years of study students complete the core curriculum (history, theory, criticism, methods, colloquia and qualifying paper). During the third year of study students sit their comprehensive exams and write their dissertation proposal. The fourth and fifth years are spent researching and writing the dissertation. Although it is estimated that it will take about five years to complete the program, it should however be mentioned that it will not be uncommon for students to take about 6–7 years before completing all the course work, research, and the dissertation. All students must have completed their master’s degree and are expected to meet the minimum two-years residency requirement when they are admitted into the PhD program.
 

YEAR 1
Fall
Colloq. 1 Ind. Study. Practicum Studio (8018)
Advanced Theory 1 (9021)
Elective 1
Elective 2

Spring
Colloq. 2 Ind. Study Practicum Semi (8019)
Advanced Theory 2 (9022)
Elective 1
Elective 2     
                                       

 
 
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits

 
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
 

YEAR 2
Fall                 
Colloquium 3  (8093)
Advanced Theory 3 (9023)
Ind. Study Thesis Writing Workshop
Elective 4

Spring            
Colloquium 4 (8094)
Advanced Theory 4 (9024)
Ind. Study Qualifying Paper (9011)
Elective 5
 

 
 
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits

 
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
 

YEAR 3
Fall                 
Comprehensive Exam - minor (9013)
Elective 6: Ind. Study/Arch Hist. Survey  (9017)
Elective 7

Spring            
Dissertation Proposal (9012)
Comprehensive Exam – major (9014)
 

 
 
6 credits
3 credits
3 credits

 
6 credits
6 credits
 

YEAR 4
Post-Candidacy Minimum Credit Requirements:

Fall
Field Research (9091)

Spring
Field Research (9092)
 

 
 
 
3 credits

  
3 credits
 

YEAR 4
Post-Candidacy Minimum Credit Requirements:

Fall
Dissertation (9015)

Spring
Dissertation (9016)

 

TOTAL CREDITS

 
 
 
1 credit

 
1 credit

 

80 credits

Please download our spreadsheet outlining these courses across the academic years.

 

The Course Distribution

Core courses

Major Area

Minor Area

Electives

Graduate School Post-Candidacy

Total

27 credits

15 credits

9 credits

21 credits

8 credits

80 credits

 

Admission to Candidacy Upon Completion of All Course Work and Examinations

Once a doctoral student completes all required course work and examinations, and has been admitted to candidacy, the student needs to complete a minimum of eight credit hours in the research years before fulfilling all graduation requirements. The registration requirement can be one credit hour per semester afterwards. It is one credit hour per year if the student is not on campus using resources (housing, labs, working on campus, using the library, etc.). If the student is on campus using such services then the requirement is one credit hour per semester.
 

International Students Who Have Completed Course Work and Examinations

Once an international student completes all course work and passes all examinations, he/she must submit a reduced course load request to the Office of International Services following certification from the coordinator of the PhD program that the student had completed all course work and examinations.