Admission to the PhD program is quite competitive. In order to maximize your chances of being accepted, please read the following helpful hints before preparing your application:
Applicants admitted to the PhD Program must already hold a Master’s degree and will normally have completed the requirements for the Master of Architecture, Master of Planning, Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Geography, or a related program. Students from allied fields are also encouraged to apply, and field specialization and background are open.
Consistent with University requirements, applications are evaluated based on Grade Point Averages (GPA), Graduate Record of Examination (GRE) scores (if submitted), and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores (when applicable). All exams must have been taken within a year of applying to the program.
The following documents must be submitted before an application will be considered:
Application Opens: September 1, 2020
Application Deadline: December 15, 2020
If you’re interested in coming to CU as a new student or to continue your education, we are here for you. Please contact Jodi Stock.
Questions on how to submit your application should be addressed to:
Graduate School Admissions
The PhD in Geography, Planning, and Design is a member of the WICHE-WRGP program, which provides in-state tuition for residents of the 16 western states and territories listed here. If you are a resident of any of the states or territories (except Colorado), please fill out the WICHE-WRGP section of the online application to be considered for WICHE-WRGP status.
Accepted students may receive financial packages that cover some or all tuition and fees and a living stipend. PhD students may also have opportunities to teach their own courses or work as research or teaching assistants alongside faculty from the college and across the university. For more information on financial support, please visit CAP’s Scholarships and Funding page.
Current students are funded by grants and contracts from agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the U.S. Forest Service, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, the Babbitt Center, Denver Housing Authority (DHA), the Water Research Foundation, and the Gates Family Foundation.
The doctoral program also provides two additional internal funding opportunities: