Ph.D. On Campus

City and Regional Planning

The Ohio State University

40605 USD/year
37396 USD/year
12679 USD/year
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The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in City and Regional Planning at the The Ohio State University trains students to undertake interdisciplinary, independent, applied research on urban and regional problems and planning processes.


Key facts:

  • The PhD program at the The Ohio State University divides itself naturally into three stages. First, the student takes courses to master the theory and analytical tools of planning, culminating in the Candidacy Examination. Second, the student formulates a topic for dissertation research, and writes a formal dissertation proposal which must be approved by the dissertation committee. Third, the dissertation research is executed, and the result is written up and defended (presented) in the Final Oral Examination.
  • The requirements for the doctoral degree fall into two classes: general university requirements and specific City and Regional Planning requirements. It is important to note that these are minimum requirements. A student’s advisor may insist on more than the minimal coursework, especially if the undergraduate degree or prior graduate work was in a field remote from planning, or from the area in which the dissertation is to be written. For applicants whose native language is not English, additional courses to attain proficiency in English may be required.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Contemporary Planning Research
  • Planning Dissertations and Theses from Start to Finish
  • Advance Planning Theory
  • Planning Teaching Practicum

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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

Submit documentation that demonstrates fulfillment of the following:

  • A baccalaureate or professional degree (or equivalent foreign credential)
  • A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Prerequisite training that will enable you to pursue your program
  • Standardized test score (GRE or GMAT)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    40605 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 40605 USD per year
  • National

    37396 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 37396 USD per year
  • In-State

    12679 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 12679 USD per year

Living costs for Columbus

940 - 1520 USD /month
Living costs

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


Graduate and professional students at Ohio State have a variety of funding options available to them, including associateships and other employment, fellowships, loans and scholarships. 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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