Doctor of Philosophy in Landscape Architecture

Thank you for your interest in the PhD in Landscape Architecture at the University of Michigan! Faculty in the Landscape Architecture program are unable to accept any applications to the Landscape Architecture degree track for the 2016-17 academic year; it is, however, possible to apply for the PhD in Natural Resources and Environment degree, working with an LA faculty member as primary advisor. Please contact individual faculty in Landscape Architecture if you would like to discuss their availability for the 2015-16 academic year.

Course of study

The doctoral programs are tailored to the goals of each student; no two students in the program are likely to take an identical set of courses. At the same time, however, the programs are guided by a framework to assure that each student's academic efforts will lead to demonstrated research creativity and competence.

Because students in the programs come from diverse academic and professional backgrounds, it is important that this framework be interpreted to take advantage both of the individual's past accomplishments and the resources available at the university.

Admission to the doctoral program includes the assignment of an advisor and one or more faculty members who agree to serve on the student’s Interim Guidance Committee (IGC). During the first year of study, the student will prepare a detailed Course of Study, working in cooperation with the faculty advisor, IGC members, and other relevant faculty. The Course of Study is the plan that focuses a student's academic program, and is used to guide the student's efforts. The Course of Study is not intended to be an unalterable contract, and it is understood that it may be modified.

The PhD is granted by the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies (generally referred to as Rackham). Degree requirements for all doctoral programs can be found in the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies. Rackham stipulates that from the time of initial enrollment, candidacy should be achieved within three years, and the PhD should be completed within seven years. Our Doctoral handbook provides a timeline and additional details of our expectations and requirements.

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