Urban and Regional Planning and Design (URPD)

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The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation offers a Doctoral Program, the Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning and Design. Participating programs include Urban Studies and Planning, Architecture, Historic Preservation, Landscape Architecture, and The National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education. The program prepares students to teach at the university level in departments of Urban Planning, Architecture, Historic Preservation, Real Estate Development, or Landscape Architecture, as well as qualifies graduates to conduct research and participate in high-level decision-making in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Admissions Information

Application Deadlines
Type of Applicant Fall Spring

Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and Permanent Residents

Deadline: January 1

International Applicants seeking admission under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas, as well as those seeking admissions under A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.

Deadline: December 15

Application Requirements

  1. Complete application form: (On-line version)
  2. Academic credentials (official transcripts to Graduate School):
  3. Standardized test scores: Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)
  4. Letters of Recommendation: Three confidential letters submitted by professors or others.
  5. Statement of Goals, Research Interests, and Experiences: 1000-2000 word statement of graduate goals, research interests, and experiences.

Degree Requirements

Urban and Regional Planning and Design (Ph. D.)
The Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning and Design is a 39-credit program. The program is highly selective and individualized. Approximately five students will be admitted each year. Adequately prepared students will generally need four semesters of formal course work leading to comprehensive exams and all students are required to spend a minimum of two years in residence. The program is designed as a full-time program to be completed in four years.

Students admitted to the doctoral program will be expected to have completed a master's degree in a related field including, but not exclusively, urban planning, architecture, historic preservation, real estate development, or landscape architecture. Students are expected to enter the Ph.D. program with two semesters of graduate level quantitative research methods. These courses can be taken after entrance to the program and prior to their advanced methods course.

Financial Assistance

The School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, and The National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education together anticipate three research assistantships available to Doctoral students. Compensation for assistantships includes tuition remission for up to 10 credit hours per semester, plus a stipend. For more information contact the Doctoral Program.

Contact Information

Marie Howland, Ph.D., Director
School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation,
College Park
MD  20742
Telephone: (301) 405-6791
Fax: (301) 314-9583



Related Programs and Campus Units

Urban Studies and Planning
Historic Preservation
Real Estate Development
Center for Superconductivity Research

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