To earn the Doctor of Sustainable Urbanism degree from the Sam Fox School, students must complete 72 credit units of graduate work over at least three years. Students will typically complete the program in four years, but they may complete the program in as few as three years or as many as five years.
Of the total 72 units, 48 units represent course work to be completed in residence at Washington University, including required seminars and courses and approved elective seminars and courses. Thereafter, 24 units of thesis research and writing may be completed at Washington University or off-site if approved by the chair of urban design.
In order to graduate, students must:
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress and standing
- Pass Part One and Part Two of the General Examination
- Fulfill residence and enrollment requirements
- Demonstrate competency in teaching at the basic level and at the advanced level
- Write, submit, and defend an acceptable dissertation in sustainable urbanism before a designated dissertation committee
Teaching is another important component of each doctoral student’s course of study. Students often are given substantial teaching responsibilities, particularly in the introductory courses offered by the urban design faculty. Recently students have served as teaching assistants and/or instructors in theory courses such as Metropolitan Development, Metropolitan Sustainability, Metropolitan Urbanism, Public Space and City Life, and Informal Cities, as well as a number of urban design studios, including the Global Urbanism Studio that has engaged cities such as Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore, Mexico City, Johannesburg, and Dubai.
Students also have the opportunity to work as research associates with faculty to enrich their academic experience and develop research project experience.