Planning, Design, and Construction, Ph.D.

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Minimum Total Hours: 90

Program Code: D785

Program Requirements

General Education
Master's level equivalent coursework in architecture, construction, interior design, landscape architecture, and planning or related disciplines30-44
Core PDC Courses
PDC 6003History and Philosophy of Planning, Design and Construction3
PDC 6023Advanced Research Methods3
Core Courses (40-54 hours)
Choose a minimum of 9 hours of guided research methods or research analysis courses (beyond PDC 6023)9
Concentration Courses 1
Choose a minimum of 9 hours from one or more of the following concentrations. Courses are selected based on the requirements of a specific area of concentration and student's interests and goals, as approved by the doctoral committee chair.9
Construction Science
Interior Design
Landscape Architecture
Regional and City Planning
Dissertation Research
PDC 6980Research for Doctoral Dissertation (6+ hours)6
Total Credit Hours90

Any core concentration courses taken during the first two semesters may be approved by the graduate liaison. During the remaining semesters, core concentration courses should be approved by the student's doctoral committee chair.

General Requirements for Doctoral Degrees

A student should expect to spend at least the equivalent of three full academic years beyond the bachelor’s degree to obtain the doctoral degree. During this period the student will take appropriate graduate coursework, successfully complete the general examination, and successfully defend and submit the final dissertation.

All coursework applied to the doctoral degree must carry graduate credit.

The doctoral degree requires at least 90 post-baccalaureate hours, including both formal coursework and hours of research.

The minimum hour requirement for a specific doctoral degree program cannot be waived.

No more than one-half of the credit hours, both OU and overall, excluding Research for Doctoral Dissertation (6980), may be S/U-graded coursework.

The student must be in residence at OU for at least two consecutive 16-week semesters during the pursuit of the doctoral degree while enrolled and engaged in coursework or research activities as prescribed by the major academic unit.

For more detailed regulations and requirements for Doctoral degrees, please consult the Graduate College Bulletin: