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Metropolitan Planning, Policy and Design, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #353 (QS) , UT,
The doctoral degree in Metropolitan Planning, Policy and Design helps meet society’s need for researchers, scholars, teachers, and leaders to make our metropolitan areas sustainable and resilient. 

About

The planning challenge is to anticipate change and learn how best to manage it; the policy challenge is how to craft and implement policies needed to facilitate desired change; and the design challenge is how to shape the built environment to achieve desired outcomes. The degree is managed by the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning and is designed to facilitate the interdisciplinary culture of the University of Utah.

Students must advance to candidacy by the end of four years without as master’s degree in planning or 5 years without a master’s degree in planning. Advancing to candidacy includes completing all required course work, completing the qualifying paper and having an approved dissertation proposal. 

A PhD student with or without a master’s degree in planning has seven calendar years from the date of first registration to complete the doctoral degree with an approved dissertation. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Quantitative Methods in Planning
  • Urban Theory & Form
  • Article Writing & Publishing
  • Qualitative Methods for Planners and Designers
  • Research Design for Metropolitan Planning, Policy and Design 
  • Topics in City & Metropolitan Planning Pedagogy

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • An applicant for admission to The Graduate School must meet the following minimum requirements:
  • Meeting the academic department’s admission standards, and receiving a recommendation for admission to their graduate program.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30371 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30371 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Salt Lake City

  • 1000 - 1730 USD/month
    Living Costs

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