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.
Doctoral study in city and regional planning offers the rewards of conducting research and building theory in an applied professional field. By linking theory to practice, students and faculty explore the most important issues facing cities and regions today. Our focus is on building sustainable and vibrant urban environments and communities through interdisciplinary study and research. Our doctoral students have consistently graduated to top academic and other professional careers. We welcome your interest and inquiries.