Curriculum

The PhD in Architecture and Design Research is a 48-credit program with 36 credits of required core and elective coursework and 12 credits of research and writing. The full-time program can be completed in four years (eight semesters), and residency is required for the first two years. The maximum time for completion of the degree program is seven years. Students who have not earned the degree in that time may be asked to meet additional requirements in order to graduate.

Students with a research-focused master’s degree may be eligible for advanced standing in the program, for a maximum of nine credits and may satisfy the qualifying exam requirement. To be considered for advanced standing, the Doctoral Affairs Committee will assess the student’s post-professional master’s thesis, selected graduate papers, completed graduate courses and transcripts. They will also review the student’s preliminary research proposal including the broad area of doctoral inquiry, initial research topic or question and a selected bibliography.

Students without a research-focused master’s degree or whose previous coursework is deemed insufficient for advanced standing must take a qualifying exam by the end of the first semester. If necessary, the student can retake the qualifying exam in the second semester. The exam comprises written and oral components and tests general knowledge of the primary area of inquiry. After passing this exam, the student will form a Preliminary Exam Committee to assist in preparing for the preliminary exam which tests the mastery of the core literature relative to the student’s research question. After successful completion of the Preliminary Exam, the student advances to Doctoral Candidacy status and forms the Dissertation Committee.

Total Required Credit Hours: 48 credits

Year One

Fall (9)

  • Research Theories & Methods 1 (3)
  • Graduate Electives (6)
    • Two elective courses selected in consultation with advisor
  • Qualifying Exam (semester 1 or 2)

Spring (9)

  • Research Theories & Methods 2 (3)
  • Graduate Electives (6)
    • Two elective courses selected in consultation with advisor
  • Qualifying Exam (semester 1 or 2)

Year Two

Fall (9)

  • Directed Research Seminar (3)
  • Graduate Electives (3)
    • Two elective courses selected in consultation with advisor
  • Preliminary Exam/Advance to Candidacy

Spring (9)

  • Dissertation Proposal (9)
  • Proposal Defense

Year 3

Fall (3)

  • Dissertation Research/Writing
  • Meeting with Dissertation Committee

Spring (3)

  • Dissertation Research/Writing
  • Meeting with Dissertation Committee

Year 4

Fall (3)

  • Dissertation Research/Writing
  • Meeting with Dissertation Committee

Spring (3)

  • Dissertation Research/Writing
  • Dissertation Defense