The Ph.D Program in Planning, Design and the Built Environment focuses on preparing the next generation of academics and professions for diverse and complex challenges of an interdisciplinary nature. The program’s core disciplines are the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, city and regional planning, construction science and real estate development. The program’s theoretical and methodological underpinnings explore emerging issues in the built environment, connecting students with real world case study applications. Graduates of this program are well prepared to address increasingly daunting issues relating to human settlement patterns and the built environment in industry, government and the private sector.; The program has strong links with the development and conservation communities within the state and region.
Areas of concentration in the doctorial program draw upon faculty expertise within the college and across the Clemson campus. These areas include:
Explore the Ph.D program website to find out more about these specializations and the overall degree program.
More information can be found in this graduate handbook.
The curriculum is divided into five content areas:
Students will select from the traditional fields of architecture, landscape architecture, planning, construction science or real estate development to build disciplinary as well as a transdisciplinary concentration. Concentrations are to be drawn from faculty emphasis areas consisting of the Built Environment and Health; Regional and Community Design and Development; Restoration, Sustainability and Land Ecology; and Technology, Materials and Construction Processes.
The core consists of 31 hours of coursework, including advanced theory/history, advanced research methods, courses generally taken outside the college, readings courses within a disciplinary field area, a contemporary issues seminar, courses in research design and teaching technique, and a research colloquium. The core provides a foundation with some flexibility to tailor curriculum to individual needs within disciplinary fields of study as well as a forum to address issues of the built environment in a transdisciplinary setting.
Concentration courses may be taken within or outside the college. These courses add both breadth and depth in the student’s area of concentration. Students develop an individualized course of study to reflect their individual focus and career objectives. Coursework must be approved by the student’s faculty advisor and committee members.
These courses add additional breadth and depth to the program. Students may add to their specialization coursework, select diverse offerings to complement that specialization or develop a minor with nine hours in a second specialization.
Regional and Community Development and Design
Built Environment and Health
Restoration, Sustainability and Land Ecology
Technology, Materials and Construction Processes
Lee III, completed in 2012
The PDBE Program is located in Lee Hall where studio space is available. The building contains classrooms, seminar rooms, and computer labs, as well as the Emery Gunnin Library. Student study space, computer workstations, two studios and a lounge space area are available for the use of planning students.
A Geographic Information System (GIS) is software for overlaying, integrating, and analyzing geographically referenced data, often assembled from different sources. While the concept is not new, its merger with today’s capabilities of digital computers has revolutionized approaches to land use planning, natural resource management, as well as housing and demographic analyses. In the last 40 years, GIS technology has expanded rapidly and found a home in a number of additional applications – cartography, environmental assessment, real estate management, ecological research, transportation analysis, business applications, market analysis, and more.
GIS technology provides powerful tools for understanding and analyzing important problems we face today such as rapid urbanization, neighborhood dynamics, sprawl, habitat changes, and the impacts of land use change on the global environment. Recognizing the centrality of GIS problem-solving capabilities, Clemson University has significant capacity for GIS research and training with a multimillion-dollar facilities expansion. Five student-computing labs with 72 dedicated GIS workstations are located in Lee, Barre, and Lehotsky Halls.
These GIS labs accommodate classwork and research projects in the design, development, and analysis of spatial databases, remote sensing images, as well as the latest in modeling techniques. They provide a "hands-on" learning environment. Students enjoy low faculty-to-student ratios and access to a GIS workstation without having to share with another student.
All the GIS computers on campus are connected. Clemson’s GIS facilities provide essential information tools so that faculty and students can:
Clemson is committed to offering our students the finest in higher educational GIS facilities. Labs at 2-212 Lee Hall and B108 Barre Hall are Planning’s primary GIS facilities. These labs have 24-hour access. They contain a "smart classroom" equipped with a video and data projector. The Lee lab has 15 Dell quad processing workstations with 23-inch monitors and 8 GB of memory. The Barre planning lab has 14 Dell workstations with the same features as the Lee lab. Each lab has a HP 4600 color laser printer and network access to Barre’s HP DesignJet 36" plotter. All labs can access multi-terabyte GIS databases for research on regional, state, national, and international issues.
The workstations run Windows 7 Professional and use the most current ESRI ArcGIS and ERDAS Imagine software. With this arrangement, students have access to the world’s most popular GIS and remote sensing software and latest computer hardware. While connected to the University network, the labs have their own sub network and server where students can access their data from anywhere on campus. In Fall 2012, the labs will be connected with VM software allowing student to have virtual computers. They can use any computer as well as their own PC and use Clemson’s GIS software and data.
Clemson has a premier site license for all Esri developed products. They are maintained by CCIT. Through this site license, faculty and students have free access to most Esri Virtual Campus online courses. In addition, student can have free copies of ArcGIS and its extension on their own personal computers.
Lee Hall, original wing, built in 1950’s
The Gunnin Library in Lee Hall has more than 40,000 books, 85,000 slides, professional journals and periodicals, and a planning document collection. The main University library holds more than a million books, periodicals and government publications. The library also provides excellent research sources through over 75 research databases. The Rudolph Lee Gallery adds to the creative atmosphere of the college including fine arts exhibits. Student, faculty, and well-known professionals representing all disciplines of the college have exhibitions throughout the year.
Recent dissertation research topics:
There are 17 currently enrolled students, eight of whom are women and 9 of which are international students.
In most cases students will enter the program with a master’s degree in one of the design disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, planning, construction science, geography, historic preservation or real estate development. Students with advanced preparation may take slightly less than three years. Students from other disciplines including engineering, business or the social sciences may be required to take prerequisite coursework as the core courses require some previous coursework experience.
The first, and most important, step in applying to the Ph.D. in Planning, Design and the Built Environment program is to identify and contact a faculty member with whom you have similar research interests and discuss potential opportunities in his or her research agenda. Students are not admitted to the program without a faculty member having indicated willingness to serve as Major Advisor. Information concerning opportunities in specific fields of study and faculty research interests, including email contact information, can be found herehttp://www.clemson.edu/caah/pdbe/people/index.html.
The PDBE Admissions Committee begins reviewing graduate student applications for admission to the program and for a graduate assistantship after January 1st of each year, but students are encouraged to apply in early November and December as graduate assistantships are competitive. Students who will be supported through graduate assistantships are, in general, admitted only in the fall semester of each academic year. Individual faculty members must indicate their intention of supporting prospective applicants on graduate assistantships to the PDBE Admissions Committee prior to a student’s acceptance into the graduate program.
Online applications for graduate degree programs are found on the Graduate School website. There is a $65 nonrefundable application fee for domestic applicants and a $75 nonrefundable fee for international applicants; the fee can be paid by credit card. The Program also requests each applicant include a written Statement of Purpose (no more than 2 typewritten pages), outlining your general interests in graduate research and your future career goals and a Portfolio (that could include but is not limited to a research statement, writing samples, and samples of completed projects).
The following materials are required before an application is considered complete and will be forwarded to the program (remember to receive consideration for a graduate assistantship all materials except the statement of purpose and portfolio should be sent directly to the Graduate School and should reach Graduate Admissions no later than January 1st of each year):
*TOEFL is required of all internationa students even if they have an English language degree.
The entire process takes from 4-6 weeks, thus applicants are usually notified of theiracceptance or decline by mid-March of each year. If you have not received a decision letter by April 1st, you may email the program Director (Dr. Mickey Lauria, firstname.lastname@example.org) to inquire about the status of your application. Your application status can be checked at www.clemson.edu/graduate/admissions/application-status.html.
The following guidelines are used by the PDBE Admissions Committee to determine each applicant’s acceptability for the program. These benchmarks are guidelines, thus applicants may be considered acceptable by the PDBE Admissions Committee even if one or more benchmarks are not absolutely met.
GRE score: A combined score of 1200 (308 on new test) on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the GRE and an Analytical Writing score of = 5.0.
GPA: A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 from undergraduate degree institution and 3.5 from Master’s degree institution.
TOEFL (international students): > 100 (internet score), 250 (computer score), 600 (paper score) or 7.0 on IELTS.
Strong letters from recommenders that speak to an applicant’s academic skills and research potential: 3 required of which two must be from academics.
A promising Portfolio of prior work relevant to the doctoral program
To be considered for financial assistance beginning in the fall semester, you should submit your application no later than February 1. However, applications received afterthose dates may still be considered for financial assistance depending on the availability of funds.
Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis to qualified students, both domestic and international. All qualified students are considered for assistantships when applications are processed. Award decisions are based on academic record, test scores, statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation.
Financial support is awarded based on availability of funds in the area of desired studyand academic merit. If you change your subject area after support has been extended, support eligibility is reviewed and funding may or may not be provided. Graduate students are eligible for financial support if they are (1) enrolled in full-time graduate studies, (2) in good academic standing (i.e., not on probation), and (3) making satisfactory progress toward their degree. Tuition and fees for students receiving support are a reduced flat fee. To receive the reduced tuition and fees for a particular semester, a qualified student must be on the program payroll by end of the second week of that semester.