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Urban Planning, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #8 (ARWU) , NY,
The Ph.D. program in urban planning has as its goal the education and training of scholars and researchers in the general field of urban and regional planning.


Substantive areas of study include such policy areas as affordable housing, regional transportation planning, urban economic development, and international development. These substantive concerns are approached both theoretically and methodologically. In the former instance, students draw, for example, from organization theory, neo-classical economics, participatory democracy, and law. In the latter instance, they utilize key informant interviews, statistical analysis of secondary data, mixed methods, and case study design among other research designs. Emphasis within the program is given to the role of space and of collective action on the part of governments and civic organizations. Of particular concern are issues of social justice and democracy.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Each student is expected to acquire advanced knowledge in the following areas:
  • History and Theory of Planning
  • Sector Specialization
  • Research Methods
  • Related Discipline or Field

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

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    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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Academic Requirements

  • COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM: 100% of the application process can be completed online.
  • APPLICATION FEE: US $95, nonrefundable*
  • THREE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: Choose recommenders who, individually or in aggregate, will give the best sense of your qualifications for study at SIPA.
  • ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPTS: A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution is required to enroll at Columbia SIPA. Please submit transcripts from all colleges, universities, and professional schools attended (including Columbia).
  • TEST SCORES: All applicants are required to submit valid, GRE/GMAT scores. If you are taking the TOEFL/IELTS, you must upload your unofficial score report as part of your application. Official, unexpired scores must be on file no later than one month prior to orientation.
  • OPTIONAL FELLOWSHIP ESSAYS: Fellowship deadline to submit essays for consideration for the International Fellows Program and Jorge Paulo Lemann Fellows Program is January 5.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    42280 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21140 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • National Applies to you

    42280 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21140 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Manhattan

  • 2638 - 5760 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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