1. Who should consider the thesis option?
The thesis option is intended for those who plan to pursue a research career, producing scholarship, as distinct from becoming a planning practitioner. Few students are admitted to this option, which requires prior evidence of strong research promise, including excellence in completing PPD297 Research Design. Each student must secure the participation of an individualized three-faculty member supervising committee.
2. What’s the comprehensive exam option?
The exam option requires that students craft a program of study that will help them prepare for a professional exam, i.e. LEED or AICP. Elements of the application, which must be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator by May 24 of the first year, plus other details, are set forth here: