University of Colorado Denver

Design and Planning

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The Ph.D. in Design and Planning from University of Colorado Denver trains scholars for careers in higher education, research, and high-level policy positions. It is a research-oriented doctoral degree with a flexible, interdisciplinary focus. Students actively draw from the rich intellectual resources of the University of Colorado campuses in both Denver and Boulder for classes, personalized instruction, teaching opportunities, and research appointments. Graduates of the program work in universities, government, non-profits and the private sector, both in the U.S. and around the world.

Planning and design form a well-established and expanding field of knowledge and practice regarding the relationships of natural, behavioral, technological, political, economic, and cultural factors to the organization of physical space, and their combined influence on the quality of life in general. Housed within the College, the Departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Planning and Design share the idea that the complex problems of the built environment are best addressed through collaboration among the various design and planning disciplines. As a result of this collaboration, the departments jointly offer the advanced research degree, a Ph.D. in Design and Planning.

Deadline for application materials: Feb. 1

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

Larry Gulledge
Admissions Counselor 
College of Architecture and Planning
University of Colorado Denver
Campus Box 126, PO Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

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