Scott D. Campbell (home page)
Associate Professor & Director of Doctoral Studies
Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning
University of Michigan
2000 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor MI 48109-2069
2225C A&AB • (734) 763-2077 ~ 763-2322 (fax)
modified: Monday, July 3, 2017

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An Informal Letter to Potential Applicants to the Ph.D. in Urban & Regional Planning at the University of Michigan

  Thank you for your interest in the doctoral planning program at the University of Michigan!  For 50 years, students have come to Ann Arbor to engage in the intellectually demanding and richly interdisciplinary environment of doctoral planning studies.  (Over 200 students have received their PhD in planning from our program.) We have a large and diverse planning faculty who welcome the opportunity to collaborate with doctoral students. Students take courses both in planning and in a wide range of disciplines across campus. Graduates work in universities, government, non-profits and the private sector, both in the U.S. and around the world. The curriculum integrates analytical methods, research design, a rigorous understanding of urbanization dynamics, and an examination of broader social processes and policies. Students address complex systems that typically encompass an array of spatial, environmental, social, political, technical, and economic factors. The emphasis is on theory, analysis and action.   Here are links to the research interests of our current doctoral students and recent graduates.

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We look forward to reading your application.