The mission of the Ph.D. program in Urban and Regional Sciences is to develop scholars of distinguishing excellence in landscape, urban and environmental planning.
The goals of the program include creating a flagship doctoral program, based on a solid core curriculum and providing expertise in area of specialization that applies to planning, design, and/or land development problems of community, regional, national or international habitat systems. In educating professionals for research, education, and scholarship in the fields of planning, landscape architecture, and land development the program provides expertise in the research process and its application to planning, design, and/or land development issues.
The program accepts students interested in studying in one of its five concentration areas: transportation, sustainability, hazards management, health systems planning and policy, and community development and housing.
Urban and Regional Sciences students are participating in four research centers in the college, including the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, the Center for Housing and Urban Development, the Center for Health Systems and Design, and the Historic Resources Imaging Laboratory. These centers continue to unite the students and faculty in active research communities. The next generation of researchers, in their respective fields, is being introduced to researchers throughout the world in related areas.
American Planning Association (APA)
American Planning Association Texas Chapter
Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP)
Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA)
Transportation Research Board (TRB)
Urban Affairs Association (UAA)