Ph. D. On Campus

Environmental Design and Planning

Kansas State University

36 months
21524 USD/year
21524 USD/year
11856 USD/year
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The interdisciplinary Environmental Design and Planning program at Kansas State University takes advantage of the diverse but interrelated nature of the college’s design and planning disciplines. This program represents the comprehensive nature of our professional community and reflects how our faculty and the profession interact in practice. 


The Environmental Design and Planning Ph.D. at the College of Architecture, Planning and Design from Kansas State University is an interdisciplinary research-based degree program, with the aim of contributing to a more livable and ecologically-sustainable society. 

The doctoral students are members of the College at-large, rather than a particular department, allowing students to draw from the sizeable and wide-ranging knowledge of faculty from the university and all three of the departments:

  • Architecture,
  • Interior Architecture and Industrial Design, and
  • Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning.

This program is designed to prepare graduates to teach at the graduate level and/or conduct research. 

In addition to teaching, our graduates also are well-equipped to undertake research to inform design and/or planning for governmental, environmental and planning agencies; developers; professional design firms; and international corporations that focus on environmental stewardship.

Programme Structure

Areas of Emphasis

  • Design emphasizes the role of the designed environment in contributing to human well-being and provides opportunities, through practice and research, to explore issues that include pedagogy, neuroscience, perception, sustainability, history, and theory.
  • Planning considers the theory and methods of public decision-making and the development of models and tools to understand and improve decision-making processes, both public and private.
  • Sustainability explores ways by which the design and planning professions can better provide for the environmental and resource needs of people without sacrificing the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
  • Place Making explores the importance of place in human life and considers ways by which design and policy might help to create robust, engaging, and supportive human environments.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


90 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Previous Degrees. Applicants are normally expected to have earned a master’s degree in the design or planning fields, but applicants with a master’s degree in other fields may also be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Major Professor/Advisor. One member of the core Ph.D. faculty must accept mentorship responsibility for any student prior to their admittance to the doctoral program. Applicants are strongly encouraged to be in contact with Ph.D. faculty members with whom they share interests, and if possible, obtain a commitment from a faculty member to support the application. 
  • Application Review Committee. Even with faculty commitment, the application must be reviewed and approved by the PhD committee before an offer of acceptance can be made.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21524 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 21524 USD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    21524 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21524 USD per year during 36 months.
  • In-State

    11856 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11856 USD per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Manhattan

900 - 1400 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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