Sustainable Urbanism (DrSU)

Washington University in St. Louis

Date Posted: Dec. 13, 2018
Submitted by: Claire Pope
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Doctoral Degree


The Doctor of Sustainable Urbanism (DrSU) is a post-professional applied research degree intended to prepare professionals and advanced urban design students for careers in multidisciplinary, evidence-based sustainable urban design and planning practice and teaching. The program is based on a close working relationship between doctoral students and their faculty advisors, who work together to develop a detailed course of study that takes full advantage of the resources available at Washington University and through collaborative partners from around the country and world.

This individualized program allows each doctoral student to pursue his or her particular research interest while ensuring the development of the necessary research competencies and broadening of the student's knowledge in sustainable urbanism. Much of the program's course work and independent reading and study is focused on preparing students for their two-part general examination. The nature of this preparation varies widely depending upon the candidate's background and research interests. Overall, the exam is a platform for the student to demonstrate a broad knowledge of evidenced-based research methods and the multidisciplinary frameworks of sustainable urbanism, as well as the best practices for sustainable urbanism and the technical knowledge base and skills necessary for implementing sustainability at a multi-scalar level in the city.

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