Wednesday, November 16, 2011

PhD in Urban and Public Affairs, University of Louisville

The Department of Urban and Public Affairs offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Urban and Public Affairs. The Ph.D. in Urban and Public Affairs is an interdisciplinary degree that prepares graduates for careers in teaching and research, policy analysis, public management, land use and environmental planning, and economic development. A number of fellowships and assistantships for outstanding students are available. Students have the opportunity to conduct research with principal investigators through the Department's Urban Studies Institute.
The Program consists of a core curriculum and areas of specialization. The core provides a broad orientation and the specializations enable students to develop expertise in a particular fields. The curriculum includes 48 credits: 18 credits of core courses, 18 credits of specialization courses, and 12 credits of dissertation research. Students qualify for official candidacy to the Ph.D. by satisfactorily completing all course work and qualifying examinations in (1) the core curriculum and (2) a specialization.
The field areas are: Urban Planning and Development and Urban Policy Administration.
Although full-time study is encouraged, a limited number of highly qualified part-time students are admitted each year. However, a minimum of one year of full-time study is required of all students in the Ph.D. Program.


Entry to the program requires a master's degree or equivalent. Students without a master's degree may enroll for the Master of Public Administration (MPA) or Master of Urban Planning (MUP) degree and then reapply for admission to the Ph.D. program in the semester prior to completion of the master's degree. The University also offers relevant master's degree programs in Political Science, Sociology, and other fields. A completed application form, transcripts of previous undergraduate and graduate study, Graduate Record Examination scores (verbal, quantitative, and analytical), at least two letters of recommendation, and a supplemental application are required. Minimum GRE scores of 500 verbal, 500 quantitative, and 4.5 analytical are required. Those applicants whose native language is not English and who do not hold a degree from a university where the language of instruction is English must also submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language, with a minimum score of 78 on the internet-based test.

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