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Doctoral Degrees

Doctoral students at the Toulan School join a select group of leaders passionate about solving the major issues of today’s communities.

Learn more about both degrees...


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The Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning offers two doctoral degree programs: the Ph.D. in Urban Studies and the Ph.D. in Urban Studies: Regional Science.

Both interdisciplinary programs contain the same core requirements centered around understanding the evolution of metropolitan communities and urban lifestyles, along with grounding students in research and analysis.

Ph.D. in Urban Studies

The Ph.D. in Urban Studies program focuses on exploring, analyzing and overcoming the three major threats to dynamic metropolitan communities: 

  • social and economic inequalities
  • environmental problems
  • ineffective regional governance

The Ph.D. Urban Studies program explores these issues from multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary points of view. Through participation in classes and seminars, and supervised research and teaching activities, Ph.D. students are prepared for careers in institutions of higher education and in research organizations.

Ph.D. in Urban Studies: Regional Science

Students in the Ph.D. Urban Studies: Regional Science program apply a variety of social science perspectives to the analysis of the growth and development of metropolitan areas, states, and regions. To augment the core Ph.D. course requirements, these doctoral students pursue two of the following specializations:

  • Planning
  • Community Development
  • Economic Development
  • Environment
  • Gerontology
  • Social Demography
  • Transportation


Dr. Karen Gibson
Ph.D. Program Director
(503) 725-8265


Dr. Connie Ozawa 
Pd.D., Director, Urban Studies and Planning
(503) 725-5126

Office of Graduate Studies