Texas Tech University

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The interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Land-Use Planning, Management, and Design (LPMD) focuses on various aspects of land and land use. It trains students to be leaders in their community, firms, and organizations with enhanced understanding of multidisciplinary endeavors, improved communication skills between compartmentalized systems of knowledge, and the ability to bring knowledge from one discipline to focus on problems and ongoing projects in another. LPMD training prepares students to be leaders in administrative, legislative, academic, research, design firms, or organizations that deal with land use.

Students with an interest in issues of resiliency including environmental/natural resource management and planning, community planning and design, public policy administration, and historic preservation are encouraged to work together to take on global challenges involving land use.

Program Information

All students are required to complete a minimum of:

  • 66 hours coursework
    • 24 hours of multidisciplinary core courses
    • 21 hours of track courses (only 4 courses in one discipline can be taken)
    • 15 hours of supporting courses
    • 6 hours of tool courses
  • 12 hours of dissertation

Because students come from a variety of backgrounds with different interests and career goals, one standard course of study is not required. Students craft a degree plan with their advisory committee drawn from three or more departments and two or more colleges.

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Application Requirements

  • $75 application fee
  • Unofficial transcripts from degree-awarding colleges/universities
  • Program application requirements:
    • Statement of research interests and goals
    • Writing samples/portfolio
    • Letters of recommendation
    • GRE scores
  • International applicants: English proficiency scores

Program Coordinator:

Dr. Eric Bernard
Professor and Chairperson, Landscape Architecture