PhD in Urban and Regional Planning

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The University at Buffalo invites applications from outstanding candidates interested in pursuing a career in research and teaching through its PhD program in urban and regional planning.

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Now accepting applications for Fall 2022 admissions cycle. Deadline is January 15, 2022

The program, designed to nurture distinguished scholars and researchers, offers research and learning opportunities encompassing the field of urban and regional planning. Examples of some research areas where the program offers special capability, international distinction, and emphasis include:

  • Declining cities and distressed urban communities
  • Health, food systems, human abilities, and environment
  • Built environments and environmental change
  • Disasters and extreme events
  • Advanced technology, information systems, and methods in planning

Students have opportunities to study under the supervision of faculty from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, and under the supervision of interdisciplinary co-chairs from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Department of Architecture. 

Our graduate students have the opportunity to participate in research at centers and labs in the School of Architecture and Planning, including the Regional Institute, Urban Design Project, Center for Urban Studies, the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab, and the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDEA), as well as more broadly within the University at Buffalo. Centers and labs within the School connect students with faculty with research interests similar to their own and provide an opportunity for the students to engage in advanced research.

Many faculty members are engaged in community-based research in the historic city of Buffalo, NY, and the surrounding region while others conduct research in national and international arenas. Research sponsors include local and national sponsors including the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the United States Department of Education.

Financial Support

Research positions, teaching assistantships, tuition scholarships and other financial support are available through the School, Department, research centers and faculty research projects. These sources of support vary from year-to-year. Applicants to the PhD program should check the department’s website periodically for announcements about new opportunities for financial support. Applicants should express their interest in being considered for financial support during the application process. Decisions about financial support are made after admission is offered to the PhD program.

Interested in a PhD in Urban Planning?

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