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Bell, Matthew J., Full Member

Ding, Chengri, Full Member

Hurtt, Steven W., Full Member

Knaap, Gerrit, Full Member

Vann, Robert L., Full Member

Associate Professor

Bovill, Carl H., Full Member

Chen, Alexander, Full Member

Dawkins, Casey, Full Member

Eisenbach, Ronit, Full Member

Gournay, Isabelle J., Full Member

Assistant Professor

Iseki, Hiroyuki, Full Member


Cohen, James R., Adjunct Member

University Affiliate

Chanse, Victoria, Full Member

Lung-Amam, Willow, Full Member

Professor Emerita

Howland, Marie, Full Member

Professor Emeritus

Baum, Howell S., Full Member

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Urban and Regional Planning and Design (URPD)   

Program Title and Classification

Urban and Regional Planning and Design

Graduate Degree Program

College: Architecture


The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation offers a Doctoral Program, the Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning and Design. Participating programs include Urban Studies and Planning, Architecture, Historic Preservation, Landscape Architecture, and The National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education. The program prepares students to teach at the university level in departments of Urban Planning, Architecture, Historic Preservation, Real Estate Development, or Landscape Architecture, as well as qualifies graduates to conduct research and participate in high-level decision-making in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • CV/Resume
  • Master’s degree in a related field

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website: 

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
17 Jan
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
17 Jan

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements

Doctoral students are required to complete 39 credits, including 12 credits of URSP 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research.

Required courses:

URSP 804: Advanced Planning Theory (3 credits)

URSP 810: Contemporary Metropolitan Issues (3 credits)

URSP 805: Seminar in Research Design (3 credits)

Advanced Analytical Methods course (3 credits)

Three major field courses (9 credits)

Two minor field courses (6 credits)


The Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning and Design is a 39-credit program. The program is highly selective and individualized. Approximately five students will be admitted each year. Adequately prepared students will generally need four semesters of formal course work leading to comprehensive exams and all students are required to spend a minimum of two years in residence. The program is designed as a full-time program to be completed in four years.

Students admitted to the doctoral program will be expected to have completed a master's degree in a related field including, but not exclusively, urban planning, architecture, historic preservation, real estate development, or landscape architecture. Students are expected to enter the Ph.D. program with two semesters of graduate level quantitative research methods. These courses can be taken after entrance to the program and prior to their advanced methods course.


Financial Assistance

The School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, and The National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education together anticipate three research assistantships available to Doctoral students. Compensation for assistantships includes tuition remission for up to 10 credit hours per semester, plus a stipend. For more information contact the Doctoral Program.



Casey Dawkins, Ph.D., Director

School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation,
College Park

MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-6791

Fax: (301) 314-9583


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City and Regional Planning, Urban Design, Historic Preservation, Architecture, Urban Planning


Historic Preservation (HISP)