What will I learn?

The Ph.D. program in Planning, Governance and Globalization (PGG) is one of two Ph.D. programs available in the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), the other being the Ph.D. in Public Administration. The Ph.D. in PGG attracts students with widely differing backgrounds and interests. In order to accommodate this diversity, curriculum requirements are defined in two tracks with several thematic areas.

The Planning, Governance and Globalization Student Association (PGGSA) represents PhD students in the PGG program in SPIA and acts as a coordination vehicle for academic and extra curricular activities of PGG students.

Each doctoral student must complete a minimum of 90 semester hours of graduate study and a dissertation. All students are required to fulfill the requirements for their track or specialization and those of the Graduate School. The curriculum of this doctoral program will follow a flexible research-based program by requiring a small core of courses and by offering two major tracks, as well as thematic areas under each track.

Majors

  • Governance & Globalization
  • Urban & Environmental Design & Planning

Which department am I in?

College of Architecture and Urban Studies

Study options

Full Time (90 hours)

Tuition fees
US$14,207.50 per year
USD $14,207.50 for 9 or more credit hours (Fall and Spring Semesters).

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 January 2022, 1 May 2022

Start date

18 January 2022, 23 May 2022, 6 July 2022

Venue

Virginia Tech

925 Prices Fork Road,

BLACKSBURG,

Virginia,

24061, United States

Full Time (90 hours)

Tuition fees
US$15,208.00 per year
USD $15,208 for 9 or more credit hours (Fall and Spring Semesters).

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 January 2022, 1 May 2022

Start date

18 January 2022, 23 May 2022, 6 July 2022

Venue

National Capital Region - Leesburg Campus

17690 Old Waterford Road,

ARLINGTON,

Virginia,

22203, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have at least a 3.3 GPA on applicant's most recent two years of university coursework.

For international students

Admission to the Graduate School is contingent upon receipt of a four year (or 3 year degree recognized by the Bologna process) bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and the presentation of evidence of potential to pursue graduate work.

Minimum GPA: 3.1
Testing Requirements:

TOEFL iBT 100.0

Paper 600.0

Computer 250.0

A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required for admission.

Application Deadlines: Fall: Aug 01; Spring: Jan 01; Summer I: May 01; Summer II: Jun 01.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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