PhD in Regional Planning
Your Synthesis Papers
All doctoral students need to successfully complete two synthesis papers in preparation of their qualifying examination. Through two literature review papers, you demonstrate mastery of the existing schools of thought within two distinct areas of planning research. Your papers focus on critiquing and synthesizing prior research and identifying gaps and research opportunities. These papers might form the basis of one or more dissertation chapters or lead to original research papers. Several departmental courses require a course paper that could be written in a way that meets this requirement, and independent study courses provide another way to complete this requirement in parallel with your coursework. There is no required length or format for these papers, but they should be similar in size to journal articles, which are typically about 6,000 to 7,000 words. The Qualifying Committee will guide and assess the student on their synthesis papers.