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PhD Program Handbook School of City and Regional Planning College of Architecture Georgia Institute of Technology 2015-16 Academic Year TABLE OF CONTENTS 1.   Purpose of This Handbook 2   2.   Introduction 2   3.   Admissions and Matriculation 3   3.1.   Prerequisites .................................................................... 3   3.1.   TOEFL Score ..................................................................... 3   3.2.   Application Checklist ........................................................... 4   4.   Program Requirements 5   4.1.   Overview ......................................................................... 5   4.2.   Residency and Deadline Requirements ...................................... 6   4.3.   Active Status .................................................................... 8   4.4.   Advising .......................................................................... 9   4.5.   Curriculum ....................................................................... 9   4.6.   Typical Course of Study ....................................................... 11   4.7.   Major and Minor Fields of Study ............................................. 11   4.8.   Independent Studies........................................................... 13   4.9.   Program of Study .............................................................. 14   4.10.   Annual Reports ................................................................. 14   4.11.   Comprehensive Examinations ................................................ 14   4.12.   Dissertation Proposal .......................................................... 17   4.13.   The Dissertation................................................................ 20   4.14.   Seven Year Completion Requirement ....................................... 24   5.   Financial Aid and Resources 24   5.1.   Financial Aid .................................................................... 24   5.2.   Faculty Resources.............................................................. 26   5.3.   Georgia Tech Resources ...................................................... 27   6.   Correspondence and Information 30   7.   Appendix A: Minor Field Description (For Minor Advisor) 31   8.   Appendix B: Georgia Tech Policies 34   8.1.   Policy & Procedure No. 7: Policy on the Advisement of Graduate Student Research and the Appointment of Thesis Advisory Committees: Doctoral Theses ............................................... 34   8.2.   Policy on Publication of Theses.............................................. 35   8.3.   Guidelines for Ph.D. Dissertation Research ................................ 35   9.   Appendix C: Governance of PhD Studies 37   1 PhD Handbook School of City and Regional Planning 1. PURPOSE OF THIS HANDBOOK This Handbook presents the requirements and policies of the PhD Program of the School of City and Regional Planning (SCaRP). General Georgia Tech policies and procedures for graduate education are established by the Georgia Tech Faculty Senate. These policies can be found at: http://www.grad.gatech.edu/admin/index.html This Handbook provides additional information within the appendices. Of particular note, a Checklist of Advisor and Student Responsibilities is included. 2. INTRODUCTION The PhD Program in City and Regional Planning seeks to advance knowledge in the field and to enable students of exceptional ability to undertake study and original research, leading to academic and advanced professional careers. Doctoral education in City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech was initiated in 1985. Until 2009, doctoral education in the planning field was managed within the College of Architecture PhD Program, a college-wide doctoral program. Administration of the PhD in City and Regional Planning was assumed by the School of City and Regional Planning In 2009. At Georgia Tech, our PhD program offers candidates the opportunity to pursue advanced academic research on issues most critical to city and regional planning today. We encourage doctoral candidates to study in areas of interdisciplinary interest by working closely with faculty mentors and advisors who share those interests. Our faculty’s expertise spans the range of city

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