The PhD in Environmental Design challenges master’s degree holders to become scholars and through quantitative and qualitative research at an advanced level. Students develop and demonstrate knowledge and skills, synthesize related research findings to create new knowledge in the field, and communicate these findings to those inside and outside the field who will use and apply them.
The PhD program consists of required coursework and electives tailored to the individual's need, followed by a thesis proposal, candidacy exams, thesis research and writing, and, ultimately, an oral examination of the doctoral thesis. The degree is intended for those who are capable of carrying out original research under the guidance of a suitable faculty member and supervisory committee. The PhD typically takes four to five years to complete and cannot be completed on a part-time basis.
PhD Course Requirements
The PhD in Environmental Design is a thesis-based program designed for students who wish to pursue a research or scholarly career. Courses are generally completed in the first year of the program.
- LAND 680.01 Design Research Methods
- LAND 680.02 Design Research Writing
- LAND 680.03 Design Innovation
- A minimum of two half-course electives, selected in consultation with your supervisor.
- A supervisor drawn from regular full-time faculty cohort in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
- Thesis proposal approved by the Supervisory Committee
- Written Field of Study Examination
- Oral Field of Study Examination
- Submission of a thesis document describing the research.
- Satisfactory completion of the Thesis Oral Examination.
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Message from the Graduate Programs Director
The PhD in Environmental Design is intended for students looking to undertake full-time doctoral research on a specific topic in the fields of architecture, planning or landscape architecture, typically as preparation for an academic career. Students work with faculty researchers in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape to develop and demonstrate knowledge and skills, synthesize related research findings, create new knowledge, and communicate these findings for real world application.
The PhD in Environmental Design intakes students once a year in the fall semester. If you have specific questions or want to be on the mailing list to find out more about the program, email SAPL admissions.