The USC Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Architecture addresses the rapidly growing global demand for leaders in environmental design research. Our highly qualified faculty guide students through a rigorous and highly demanding program of advanced study and original research. The program maintains a commitment to the highest standards of academic achievement. Admitted students are exceptionally well prepared to structure and communicate ideas and to make scholarly contributions to the built environment disciplines. The Ph.D. program seeks to address serious challenges and global implications.
The program is structured around intensive seminars and an individualized program of study. Students will gain a fundamental knowledge base in building science and architectural technology including advanced analytical and research methods. Students are expected to master a defined field of scholarship that constitutes a foundation for critical inquiry required by research. Graduate Certificate programs offer students the opportunity to establish additional areas of expertise. After completion of a core set of required and elective coursework, the program of study culminates in the development of a dissertation of original scholarly research guided by a faculty team. The Doctor of Philosophy is awarded to students who complete a substantial dissertation of original research that adds new knowledge to the field.
The Ph.D. program encourages an attitude towards study that USC President Steven B, Sample describes to as "breadth with depth." Students are expected to have a broad education, skills, and experience. A community of scholars from diverse locations and cultures provide a rich setting for learning. We actively seek candidates from around the world, and we encourage participation in our graduate overseas programs. Ph.D. candidates are colleagues of the faculty and are expected to contribute to and foster the intellectual community of the USC School of Architecture. Candidates will be prepared to function in research, academic and professional environments as university faculty, consultants, professionals, and scientific researchers. Faculty and students are held to the highest standards of academic excellence and environmental ethics that help create the quality of experience expected at one of the worlds' finest universities.