PhD Program Overview

We welcome your interest in Ph.D. studies in City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech’s doctoral education in City and Regional Planning began in 1985, under an umbrella College of Architecture PhD Program.  Eighty-seven percent of the CRP graduates from the college-wide program placed in higher education positions and 100 percent of those sitting for tenure decisions were awarded tenure. 

In 2010, the City and Regional Planning Program became the School of City and Regional Planning with an independent Ph.D. Program enrolling approximately 25 students.

Each year, the Ph.D. program seeks exceptional applicants with research interests that correspond closely to those of our faculty.  Our faculty engage in research and teaching across the diverse spectrum of planning, including economic and community development, housing, land use, environment, transportation, planning theory, collaborative governance and urban design. Some of the cutting edge issues they focus on include: climate change, land conservation, sustainable development, megaregions, disaster planning, and healthy cities. The 3-5 new Ph.D. students that we admit annually work closely with their faculty advisors to develop a course of study that will extend the horizons of knowledge available in our profession.

Besides their major area of focus in planning, students identify a minor area outside of planning to augment their intellectual foundation.  Students are able to take courses in other degree programs at Georgia Tech, as well as at other research universities in Atlanta, including Emory University and Georgia State University.

If you apply to our program, we will want to know what motivates you to make the significant commitment to pursue a Ph.D. in the field of planning, as well as why you see Georgia Tech as an appropriate home to fulfill that commitment.  We encourage potential PhD Program applicants to contact PhD Program Director Brian Stone.