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Regional Science, Ph.D.

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University rank #13 (ARWU) Ithaca, NY, United States
The Ph.D. program is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of regional, interregional, location, and conflict theory in the context of physical and policy spaces and the framework of existing economic, social, and political systems.
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  • Students master techniques of analysis of urban-regional systems as they relate to public and private decision making, with heavy emphasis on mathematical models and quantitative methods. Students are fully exposed to the existing and newly developing social science theory that directly relates to the multidisciplinary approach of regional science.
  • Regional Science is a ‘second-order’ field for the study of socioeconomic problems with a regional or spatial dimension by means of diverse combinations of analytical and empirical research methods.  Among the subjects investigated by regional scientists are regional and urban development, interregional systems networks, economic geography, regional interactions and institutional systems, regional trade and inter-industry analysis, the environment and natural resource use, land-use patterns, industrial location, transportation and migration, spatial agglomeration and fragmentation of activities, and the analysis of spatial data.
  •  Graduates of Cornell master’s degree and doctoral programs in Regional Science are positioned for careers as researchers and policy analysts at the highest levels in national and regional governments, academic institutions, corporations, and international organizations. The program provides thorough instruction in spatial, interregional, and location theory within the context of economic, social, and political systems, and training in the use of analytical techniques as they relate to policy and public and private decision-making.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Course offerings focus on the socioeconomic aspects of the physical environment and on the spatial and conflict aspects of socioeconomic systems. Students may ask any member of the Graduate Faculty to serve on their Special Committee. The chairperson must be a member of the Field of Regional Science. 

Concentrations By Subject
  • Environmental Studies
  • International Spatial Problems
  • Location Theory
  • Multiregional Economic Analysis
  • Peace Science
  • Planning Methods
  • Urban And Regional Economics

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

Grades, class standing, GRE general test scores (required of all applicants), and letters of recommendation must collectively indicate superior ability for creative research. Because work for the Ph.D. degree is considered preparatory to making creative contributions to the discipline, competence in basic analytical and research methods is required. Applicants are expected to have substantial preparation prior to entrance, which may be supplemented by work at Cornell.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    29500 USD/year
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  • National

    29500 USD/year
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Living costs for Ithaca

  • 1128 - 2460 USD/month
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