Admissions for Prospective Ph.D. Students

The criteria for admission to the PhD Program in Urban Systems include academic achievement, scholarship, professional character, scientific inquisitiveness, accountability, dependability, and interpersonal skills. A completed master's degree is required of all applicants, with the sole exception of students applying directly from a Bachelor's degree program who have a cumulative undergraduate gpa of 3.75 or higher.

Application Submission

  • Completed Application to the PhD Program in Urban Systems. 
  • Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). 
  • International students, and all students whose first language is not English, must provide competitive scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). 
  • Official transcripts of all prior academic work. 
  • Three letters of recommendation (faculty preferred). 
  • Written Statement of Purpose, including statement of proposed research concentration.
  • Interview (Optional, at the discretion of the relevant Track Director). 

Applications for admission to the program may be obtained from the Office of University Admissions, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University Heights, Newark, New Jersey 07102, from the NJIT Office of Graduate Admissions  web pages, or by calling 973-596-3300. 

For General Information or Admissions-related Questions, Click here or contact:

Fred Little
Lead Advisor, College of Architecture and Design
Phone: (973) 642-7576 

For Questions regarding specific Program Tracks, contact:

Urban Environment
Karen Franck, PhD, Program Director
Phone: (973) 596-3092

Global Urban Studies
Mara Sidney, PhD
Phone: (973) 353-5787

Jamie Lew, PhD
Phone: (973) 353-5331

Degree Requirements

The curriculum consists of an 9-credit core curriculum, a 9-credit research core, a 18-credit specialization component, and a 12-credit dissertation sequence. Following completion of the Core Curriculum and Research Core, students must take and pass Qualifying Examinations in both areas in order to advance to Doctoral Candidacy and Dissertation. Admission to the Urban Systems PhD Program is not a guarantee of success on the Qualifying Examinations, or a guarantee of advancement to Doctoral Candidacy.