PhD Program in Land-Use Planning, Management, and Design (LPMD)
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The interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree program in Land-Use Planning, Management, and Design accepts students from diverse educational backgrounds. Students with interests in architecture, community planning and design, historic preservation, environmental/natural-resource planning and management, public-policy administration, and many other aspects of land use may find the program suitable to their needs.
The interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Land-Use Planning, Management, and Design (LPMD) focuses on various aspects of land and land use. It aims to train students to be leaders in their community and their organizations with enhanced understanding of multidisciplinary endeavors, improved communication skills between compartmentalized systems of knowledge and the ability of bringing knowledge from one discipline to focus on problems and ongoing projects in another. LPMD training prepares students to be leaders in administrative, legislative, research or design organizations that deal with land use.
This program is administered by the College of Architecture with an interdisciplinary steering committee. Faculty and courses drawn from units across the university. Academic It is designed to provide education in several facets of physical design, with special emphasis on non-urban lands and those in arid and semi-arid environments. Included in the program are studies of the complex factors influencing human use of resources, training in the research and evaluative methods that can be applied to interdisciplinary studies, and education in the institutional structures that shape policy and action.
There are four tracks in this program:
Students with an interest and background in these fields as well as in architecture and many other aspects of land and land use may find the LPMD program suitable to their needs.
Perry Carter, Associate Professor, Economics and Geography, College of Arts and Sciences
Paul Goebel, Professor, College of Business Administration
Alon Kvashny, Professor, Landscape Architecture
Mark A. Sheridan, Dean, Graduate School
Saif Haq, Associate Dean for Academics, College of Architecture
Ken Rainwater, Professor, Civil Engineering, College of Engineering
Vickie Sutton, Professor, School of Law
Recent Dissertation Titles
Students into the LPMD program are expected to bring a set of knowledge and skills from their background departments. They will be exposed to various courses in contributing disciplines, and with the assistance of their advisor and/or committee will be expected to demark an intersection which will be focus of the dissertation.
All students are required to complete a minimum of 66 hours beyond the bachelor's degree plus a minimum of 12 (8000 level) hours of dissertation. This includes 24 hours of multidisciplinary core courses, 21 hours of track courses, 15 hours of supporting courses and 6 hours of tool courses. Students will need to specify one track in which 21 hours of courses are selected, of which only 4 courses in one discipline can be taken. Track courses, research projects, and ultimately the student's dissertation will focus on the track selected and will be chosen by the student and approved by the advisor. Students are also required to present evidence of competency in an appropriate tool subject (e.g., computer science, statistics). Each student will also be required to enroll for Arch 5315: Systems of Architectural Inquiry, in the first semester of their studies.
Because students come from a variety of backgrounds with different interests and career goals, one standard course of study is not required. Initial advisement and program development is conducted by the program coordinator. The Chair of a dissertation committee and two other dissertation committee members drawn from three or more departments and two or more colleges must be selected before the end of the first year of study. In consultation with this committee a student will finalize a course of study and a dissertation topic in the track of specialization. Each student will therefore follow a "custom-designed" program of study. The dissertation committee will be responsible for administering comprehensive exams and for directing both the dissertation and the student's program.
List of Core Courses
Choose any 8 courses from the following with no more than one course from one department.
2. LARC 5302. Advanced Environmental Planning for Sustainable Development (3:3:0). An introduction to environmental planning issues with emphasis on integrating related disciplines to attain environmentally and socially sustainable development.
4. LAW 6025 Land-Use Planning (V2 - 3 hrs.) A study of both private and public means of controlling the use of land. Emphasis will be placed on the areas of planning and zoning, including the emerging problem of exclusionary land-use controls. Further topics that will be discussed include subdivision controls, restrictive deed covenants, eminent domain proceedings, and urban renewal.
Sociology 5394: Seminar in Sociological Research Methods
Sociology 5334: Qunatitative Methods in Sociology
Geography 5300 GIS
Geography 5303 Advanced GIS
Transfer of Course work
(quoted from p. 76, Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogue, 2007-2008, Texas Tech University)
"There is no automatic transfer of credit toward the doctorate degree. On the recommendation of the department or program, the graduate school may review transfer courses for acceptance. Transfer credit will not alter the grade point average at Texas Tech University. No more than 30 semester credit hour of an earned master's degree from another institution may be transferred. Grades from transfer courses will not appear on Texas Tech University's transcripts. Doctorate students may take approved courses at another approved institution and transfer up to 12 semester credit hours into their degree program."
All students are evaluated holistically and no one factor is considered in decision making. The following are required:
There are two stages of application. The first is to the Graduate School of Texas Tech University. Instructions and application details are available at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/admissions/
The second application is to the College of Architecture. Instructions and forms are available at http://arch.ttu.edu/wiki/Graduate_Admissions
Please send the completed form with Letter of Intent/Individual profile, Letters of Recommendations, Portfolio/writing samples and Transcripts to the College of Architecture.
As of Fall 2010, applications will be evaluated twice a year.
The dates are:
Financial opportunities exclusively to LPMD students have been made possible by the generosity Prof. Elo J. Urbanovsky.
There are two forms of opportunities available.
The Elo and Olga Urbanovsky fellowship is given to one person for three years. Currently, the amount is set at $30,000 per year.
Additionally there are two Elo and Olga Urbanovsky assistantships which are also given for three years and is equivalent to the departmental rates of the student's major professor.
Students may also find other funding sources at Texas Tech University. They may be in the form of scholarships or various assistantships. Some of the available ones are listed in http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/scholarships/. There may be other opportunities available in various department and centers.
Some Relevant Web sites
Saif Haq, PhD