Ph.D. Urban Systems
Co-sponsored by NJIT and Rutgers University-Newark, the Joint Ph.D. Program in Urban Systems prepares you to conduct rigorous research about the challenges cities face, and to participate in the development of programs and policies to address those challenges.
- Acquaint students with the various difficult conditions urban residents face nationally and internationally, including in housing, public space, transportation, education, health and health care, safety and discriminatory policies; the history of these circumstances; and the interconnections between them.
- Introduce students to programs and policies, at different scales, that have attempted to improve urban conditions and teach them to determine the advantages and drawbacks of those programs.
- Teach students to scrutinize, in an analytic manner, ongoing and worldwide processes of urbanization, suburbanization, industrialization, deindustrialization, migration and globalization, and to recognize the impact of those processes.
- Supply students with the necessary experience and skills to understand and evaluate research conducted by others.
- Support and guide students in choosing and developing their own research projects.
- Give students the necessary theoretical and methodological skills to conduct rigorous social science or historical research.
- Encourage students to devise innovative techniques of collecting, analyzing and then presenting empirical data.
- Encourage students to develop the design, policy and program implications of their research.
- Critical understanding of difficulties cities face, both nationally and internationally, in a variety of areas and the interconnections between those difficulties.
- An extended knowledge and nuanced understanding of urban problems in particular areas of the student’s choice, how those problems have been studied in the past and how they have been addressed in governmental policies and programs.
- Ability to synthesize, in a thorough and analytic manner, research conducted by others and to detect both strengths and weaknesses in the framing of that research, the methods used for collecting and analyzing the data and its interpretation.
- Skill in devising one’s own empirical research questions to frame a short term or a long-term research project and to select the appropriate sources of information and data collection instruments to answer those questions.
- Critical mastery, conceptualization and critique of an expansive body of literature relevant to the student’s dissertation project.
- Ability to collect and to analyze empirical data from various sources and instruments and to present the findings from that analysis in graphic and narrative form to answer the research questions posed.
- Ability to present ideas and other information skillfully in written and graphic forms and in oral presentations.
- Ability to develop and refine research projects through one’s initiative and to develop the contacts and establish the necessary relationships to conduct that research.
View the CurriculumCourse listing and prerequisites
Franck, Karen A.
Director, MIP Program, Associate Professor
Schuman, Anthony W.
Sollohub, Darius T.
Director, Science, Technology, & Society Program
Maher, Neil M.
Pemberton, Stephen G.
Associate Professor of History