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College of Architecture, Planning and Design



College of Architecture, Planning & Design
Kansas State University
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Manhattan KS 66506-2902

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Ph.D. Program


The Ph.D. requires at least three years of full-time study beyond the bachelor’s degree, equivalent to at least 90 semester hours, or a minimum of 60 credit hours beyond the master’s degree.

Students will complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework and 30 credit hours of dissertation research. Ph.D. candidates must write an acceptable research proposal, pass a preliminary written examination, submit an approved dissertation, and complete an oral dissertation defense. Students will be expected to complete at least one full academic year in residence.

The 30 hours of course work will include ENVD 900, Conceptual Approaches to Environmental Design & Planning research, ENVD 901 Research Methods in Design & Planning, (2) Research Tools Courses, and (2) Cross Disciplinary Seminars. Course selections will be reviewed and approved by the Coordinator of the Ph.D. program and/or the students' major professor.

To view a sample curriculum guide and partial listing of potential electives within each area of emphasis click HERE.

For information about completing your Ph.D. examination and dissertation click HERE.