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Ph.D. Program Overview

Through our Ph.D. Program, we emphasize the need to develop knowledge that reaches beyond the scope of most professional practices of the built environment.

During the first three semesters of the Ph.D. program, an interdisciplinary core of courses is taught by DCP faculty members seeking to identify commonalities, diversity and trends in the theory, methods, history, and scientific traditions of research and teaching among the five areas of specialization. It is taught in recognition of the complexity of the built environment and the need for collaboration among the design, construction and planning disciplines.

The program requires students to accomplish the following:

  • Propose and conduct research that adds knowledge needed to support the design and management of the built environment through the critical examination and consolidation of previous research findings;
  • Explore research methods, theories, philosophies, as related to the built environment in order to identify and pursue major and minor areas of concentration related to a dissertation focus;
  • Explore the physical, social and natural sciences related to the built environment in order to identify and pursue major and minor areas of concentration related to their dissertation;
  • Develop an original dissertation topic and conduct research;
  • Disseminate knowledge through teaching, publications and selective collaborations with various professionals in related industries and government agencies

Students study to understand and solve both regional and world problems through exploration, research and practice. Students come to DCP from across the globe – Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the United States. This diverse student population challenges us to expand the scope of academic study and research from Florida to beyond.