Scott D. Campbell (home page)
Associate Professor of Urban Planning
[former Director of Doctoral Studies: 2004 - 2012; 2017 - 2019]
Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning
University of Michigan
2000 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor MI 48109-2069
2352 A&AB • (734) 763-2077
modified: Thursday, March 7, 2024

NOTE: as of 2021, Prof. Lesli Hoey is the new Director of Doctoral Studies. Please direct your queries to her. Thank you.

a wordcloud graphic of recent Michigan planning dissertations (click for larger image)

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 over 55 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. A list of recent graduates and their dissertation titles is at the bottom of this page.) 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. Graduates have gone on to teach and do research at such institutions as Wisconsin, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Brown, Rutgers, Oregon, Northeastern, University of Baltimore, Iowa, Iowa State, UC Berkeley, the University of Colorado, Cardiff, University of Illinois-Chicago, Wayne State, Washington University in St. Louis, Arizona State, Ohio State, Florida State, Waterloo, University at Buffalo, University at Albany, Virginia Tech, University of Maryland, University of Georgia, University of Texas, Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden), Trinity and Maymouth Universities (Ireland), University of Haifa (Israel), University of Bergen (Norway), Chulalongkorn University (Thailand) and other universities 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 is a link to the research interests of our current doctoral students.

Should I apply for the Ph.D. or the MURP?

Annual Deadline:

Advice for your application:

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We look forward to reading your application materials in January.


A list of recent graduates (since 2014) and their dissertation titles