Ph.D in Planning, Governance, & Globalization (PGG-UEDP) 2018-02-09T21:21:59+00:00

      PGG-UEDP

         PhD IN PLANNING, GOVERNANCE, & GLOBALIZATION (UAP TRACK)

      PGG-UEDP

        PhD IN PLANNING, GOVERNANCE, & GLOBALIZATION (UAP TRACK)

PhD in PLANNING, GOVERNANCE, & GLOBALIZATION (UAP TRACK)
The doctoral program in Planning, Governance & Globalization is a spin-off from the Environmental Design and Planning (EDP) Ph.D. Program in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Initiated in 1975, the EDP program has grown not only in enrollment but also in specializations or streams as the College has become more diverse through restructuring. Effective spring 2007, EDP spun off two separate Ph.D. degrees, Planning, Governance & Globalization (PGG) in the School of Public & International Affairs and Architecture Design Research (ADR) in the School of Architecture + Design.

PGG HAS TWO TRACKS WITHIN THE DEGREE

The GG track is supported by faculty in Government and International Affairs.

Thematic Areas in the Governance & Globalization track:

  • Governance, Institutions & Civil Society
  • Globalization, Identities, Security, & Economies

The UEDP track is supported by faculty in Urban Affairs and Planning.

Thematic Areas in the Urban & Environmental Design & Planning track:

  • Metropolitan Development
  • Community & Economic Development Planning
  • International Development Planning
  • Environmental Planning & Sustainability
  • Landscape Planning & Analysis
  • Transportation Planning
  • Physical Planning & Urban Design
APPLICATIONS, DEADLINES, & TUITION
PGG has established a highly selective Ph.D. program drawing students in the 60th percentile or higher of peer institutions based on GRE scores, GPA, and other measures. Applicants should have master’s degrees in closely allied fields, such as Planning, Landscape Architecture, Political Science, Sociology, International Relations, Geography, and Economics, among others.

The graduate admissions committee will carefully screen all applications, and all admissions decisions will be made by consensus of the faculty. At least one faculty member from this program must agree to supervise any applicant whose record meets admissions requirements before they will receive a formal offer of admission. All incoming students will be assigned a “provisional” advisor who will work with the student until the student establishes a formal advisory committee of four members.

Information about the tracks and their thematic areas, process for transfer courses, and more, can be found in the current PGG Handbook.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Students apply online through the Graduate School website. If applying online is not an option for you, you may request paper application materials through their site as well.

SUBMIT THE APPLICATION AND FOLLOWING MATERIALS ONLINE:
    1. Report of the TOEFL test (if applicable); Virginia Tech’s code is #005859. The Graduate School requires official test scores sent directly from ETS.
    2. Transcripts: see more important information about providing transcripts on the Graduate School’s application site.While completing your online application and prior to submitting it, you will be required to upload one copy of your scanned official transcript from each institution from which you have earned or will earn an undergraduate or graduate degree. Do not send transcripts for community college attendance or from any institution where you enrolled in classes but did not earn a degree.Please do not mail your official transcripts to us until you have received an offer of admission from Virginia Tech. Please note that non-legible scans will not be accepted. Make sure your scanned documents are legible before uploading, as non-legible documents will result in processing delays.You may scan a copy of your official paper or electronic transcript provided to you from your institution’s Registrar. Do NOT upload your institution’s web-based academic record or a document stating it is not an official transcript. Make sure that all critical and identifying marks have been scanned and are legible.
    3. Three letters of recommendation (these may also be submitted online).
    4. Resume and Personal Statement (see below for items to include in the statement).

Whether you’re applying to the Blacksburg or NCR campus, please direct any questions you have to:

Krystal Wright
Graduate Staff Coordinator
Planning, Governance, and Globalization Ph.D. Program
School of Public and International Affairs (0113)
140 Otey Street SW / Room 112
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
telephone: 540-231-2291
email: spia@vt.edu

You may also direct questions to the Graduate School:

Graduate School
Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown (0325)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Graduate School – Graduate School admissions, application, and other information.

Applicants may use the space provided in the online application for their resume and personal statement. The online application form will ask you to state your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree; this section may be used as the personal statement.

PERSONAL STATEMENT

Items to include in your statement:

  1. Indicate which track (UEDP or GG) and the theme within the track you are interested in pursuing. Information about the tracks and themes can be found in the PGG Handbook.
  2. Include a brief research proposal.
  3. Identify faculty you would like to serve as your major professor and why.

ACADEMIC STANDARDS

Students applying to the PGG program should meet the following academic standards:

  1. A “B” overall grade point average (3.1 on a 4 point scale)
  2. TOEFL minimums: internet-based: 80; computer-based: 213; paper-based: 550- or -IELTS: minimum 6.5(TOEFL nor IELTS not required of US permanent residents or US naturalized citizens; can be waived by the Graduate School if student attended a university where English is the language of instruction)

DEADLINES

The PGG Admissions Committee begins reviewing applications in early February, so students who wish to be considered for graduate assistantships should have a complete application submitted by February 1 for the upcoming fall term. Graduate Assistantship decisions are made by the end of March.

The following application and decision deadlines have been established for the upcoming entry terms:

Deadlines Fall* Spring Summer I Summer II
Domestic Applicants apply by August 1 December 1 May 1 June 1
Department decision by August 15 January 15 May 15 June 15
International Applicants apply by April 1 September 1 January 1 February 1
Department decision by May 10 October 10 February 15 March 15

* Students seeking departmental funding should submit all required admissions materials by February 1st for full consideration.

* Please also see the Graduate School’s site for other available funding.

Please note that International students must have a decision on their applications no later than the deadlines indicated for the terms shown above. Any decisions made after these timeframes need to be approved in advance and on a case-by-case basis, by the Graduate School’s International Graduate Student Services staff. The contact email is igss@vt.edu.

For those in the National Capital Region, please contact intlncr@vt.edu.

PGG MILESTONE TIMELINE
Download the PGG Milestone Timeline.

PGG Milestone Timeline
PGG FORMS

All information can be found in the current student handbook. All forms must be submitted to Krystal Wright for processing.

See also the Scholar site for PGG current students

* Current students, not on stipend, who are seeking financial assistance should see the Graduate School’s site for other available funding.


SUGGESTED MILESTONE TIMELINE
PGG Milestone Timeline

Here is a suggested timeline of the major milestones that can also be found on page 9 of the handbook. Milestones are touched on briefly on pages 7-8 and in-depth descriptions begin on page 26 of the handbook.


SAMPLE PLAN OF STUDY
PGG Sample Plan of Study

Submit your plan of study with signature page (see next item immediately following) to Krystal Wright once complete.
Information about the plan can be found in the handbook on page 22 and the sample plan is on pages 34 and 35.
Students create their plans based on the sample.
Courses listed on the plan should match those on your transcript*:
* be sure you list the correct term on the plan as well as the correct department and course number (be careful of cross-listed courses).
Note: if you don’t have items for a particular section you don’t need to include that section on your plan.


PLAN OF STUDY SIGNATURE PAGE

PGG Plan of Study Signature Page

Signature page must be submitted with your plan. You can create your signature page when creating your Plan of Study or print this form.


QUALIFYING EXAM

PGG Qualifying Exam Form

Take the Qualifying Exam form with you for signature when you meet your committee.
Most students do the plan of study and the qualifying exam at the same time though it’s not mandatory.


PROPOSAL DEFENSE

PGG Proposal Defense Form

Take the Proposal Defense form with you for signature when you meet your committee.

USEFUL LINKS

Listing of current students and alumni.

For more information on the Ph.D. in PGG, please see the PGG Handbook.

Graduate School admissions, application, and other information.

Immigration Services – valuable information for international applicants.

Cranwell International Center at Virginia Tech – valuable information for international students after arrival.

Contact:
Krystal Wright
PGG Graduate Staff Coordinator
Email: krystal@vt.edu
Phone: (540) 231-2291

CURRENT PGG-UEDP STUDENTS

Ernesto L. Acosta ela2ness@vt.edu
Transportation and Environment
Primary Advisors:  Dr. Ralph Buehler and Prof. Tom Sanchez

Jessica Agnew jlagnew@vt.edu
Market-based Approaches to Address Poverty and Malnutrition
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ralph Hall

SeungBee Choi sbchoi@vt.edu
Community Development, Social Mix, Housing Policy, Urban Policy
Primary Advisor: Dr. Thomas Skuzinski

Alan Cunningham alanfc71@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ralph Buehler

Karen Drake kdrake@vt.edu
Not Stated
Primary Advisors: Dr. Maggie Cowell and Dr. John Provo

Will Drake wdrake@vt.edu
Climate Change and Natural Hazards Planning
Primary Advisor: Dr. Yang Zhang

Selma Elouardighi selmae@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ralph Hall and Professor Edward Weisband

Marc Fialkoff marcf@vt.edu
Critical Infrastructure Resilience and Security, Freight Transportation Planning and Policy
Primary Advisors: Dr. Ralph Hall and Dr. Ralph Buehler

Raj G. C. rajgc@vt.edu
A Comparative Analysis of the Sustainability of Multiple-Use Water Service Systems; (MUS) and Single-Use Domestic Water Systems (SUS): Examples from the Hills of Nepal
Primary Advisory: Dr. Ralph Hall

Fleur Gooden fleur@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Khushboo Gupta khushboo@vt.edu
Smart Cities and Livability in Developing Countries, Economic Impact Analysis
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ralph Hall

Andrea Hamre ahamre@vt.edu
Commuter Benefits, Transport Justice, Travel Behavior
Primary Advisor: Dr. Kris Wernstedt

Priscila Izar izarpris@vt.edu
Globalization, Real Estate Development, and Social Justice
Primary Advisor: Dr. David Bieri

Hwa young Kim eagloo@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Yang Zhang

Stephen Kleiber kleiber@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Diane Zahm

Huyen Le huyenle@vt.edu
Travel Behavior, Activity-Travel, Choice Modeling
Primary Advisor: Dr. Steve Hankey and Dr. Ralph Buehler

Tianjun Lu tianjun@vt.edu
Research Interest: Environmental Planning and Transportation Planning
Primary Advisor: Dr. Steve Hankey

Omchand Mahdu omchand4@vt.edu
The Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture and Rural Development
Primary Advisor: Professor John Browder

Neda Moayerian mneda14@vt.edu
Cultural Tourism, Civic Engagement and Community Development
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Cheryl L. Montgomery clmontgo@vt.edu
Critical Race Theory, Counterpublics, Community Identity, Digital Storytelling
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Seth Peery sspeery@vt.edu
GIS, Impact of Telecommunications on Rural Economic Development
Primary Advisor: Professor Tom Sanchez

Hye jeong Seo seohj@vt.edu
Not Stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Todd Schenk

Vera Smirnova veras@vt.edu
Research on Land Appropriation, Enclosure, and Territorialization in Times of Economic Crises
Primary Advisor: Professor Paul Knox

Frances Stanley fstanley@vt.edu
Community Development Non Profits
Primary Advisor: Professor Ted Koebel

Caitlin Walter csugrue@vt.edu
Economic Development & Housing Policy 
Primary Advisor: Dr. Maggie Cowell

Qiong Wang wqiong7@vt.edu
Environment and Behavior
Primary Advisor: Dr. Yang Zhang

Yang Wang yang6@vt.edu
Land Use Science Planning
Primary Advisor:  Dr. Todd Schenk

Emma Rongrong Wei rrw1988@vt.edu
Fiscal Behavior, Fiscal Rules & Institutions, Public Choice
Primary Advisor: Dr. Tom Skuzinski

Daniel White dannyw@vt.edu
Sport and International Development, Social Capital, International Development
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Jane Anne Williams janeann@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke

Joshua Wimpey jorshw@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Drs. Ralph Hall and Kris Wernstedt

Ruixiang Xie xrx1993@vt.edu
Environmental Policy, Climate Change, Global and Local Governance
Primary Advisors:  Dr. Kris Wernstedt and Dr. Yang Zhang

Arica Young arica2@vt.edu
Suburban Spaces, Cohousing and Ecovillages, Social and Environmental Sustainability
Primary Advisor: Drs. Sonia Hirt and Derek Hyra

PGG-UEDP ALUMNI

Wafa Al-Daily waldaily@vt.edu
Dissertation: An Exploration of State and Non-State Actor Engagement in Informal Settlement Governance in the Mahwa Aser Neighborhood and Sana’a City, Yemen
Primary Advisors: Professors Max Stephenson and Kathleen Parrott

Yehyun (Hannah) An yehyun@vt.edu
Dissertation: The Operationalization of Capacity Development: The Case of Urban Infrastructure Projects in India
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ralph Hall

Veronica Arroyave varroya@vt.edu
Dissertation: Networks in the Disaster Response and Global Health Domain: A case study of The Partnership for Quality Medical Donation’s response to the 2010 Haitian Earthquake
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

David Bieri bieri@vt.edu
Dissertation: Location Choice, Linkages and the Spatial Economy: Essays on Theory, Evidence and Heterodox Assessment
Primary Advisor: Professor Paul Knox

Brendan Brink-Halloran bbrink42@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Timothy G. Brown tgbrown@vt.edu
Environmental Conflicts, The U.S. News Media, Public Agenda Setting
Primary Advisor: Professor John Randolph

Fanny Carlet fanny09@vt.edu
Sustainable Development and Green Infrastructure
Primary Advisor: Dr. Kris Wernstedt

Kate Fisher fisherm@cna.org
Dissertation: Aging America: Essays on Population Aging and the Physical and Economic Landscapes in the United States
Primary Advisor: Dr. Casey Dawkins

Trevor Flanery tflanery@vt.edu
Economic and Community Development, Complex Adaptive Systems, Networks, Models & Simulation Science
Primary Advisor: Professor John Randolph

Curt Gervich cgervich@plattsburgh.edu
Decision Making for Sustainability – EDP (Planning)
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Anja Hälg Bieri ahb@vt.edu
Urban Geography, Architecture, Documentary Art, Critical Theory, Walkable Urbanism, Creative Cities
Primary Advisor: Dr. Paul Knox

Allison Heck ajaheck@vt.edu
Cultural Development, Community and Economic Development, Participatory Planning, Gentrification, and Resilience
Primary Advisor: Dr. Derek Hyra

Jennifer LeFurgy jlefurgy@vt.edu
“Staying Power: Aging in Community and the Village Model”
Primary Advisor: Professor Jim Bohland

Monica Licher mlicher@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Assoc. Prof. Jesse Richardson

Cindy Lintz mila@vt.edu
Perceptions of Other Along the Bulgarian-Macedonian Border
Primary Advisors: Drs. Sonia Hirt and Derek Hyra

Morgan Mbeky
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Tom Sanchez

Dale Medearis dmedearis@novaregion.org
European (specifically German) urban planning practices, and regional climate mitigation and adaptation policies
Primary Advisor: Professor Chris Nelson

Joao Mil-Homens joaomh@ualg.pt
Dissertation: Labeling Schemes or Labeling Scams? Auditors’ Perspectives on ISO 14001 Certification
Primary Advisors: Professor John Randolph and Dr. Joe Rees

Asli Ceylan Oner aoner@fau.edu
Globalization, Global Cities, Metropolitan Decentralization, and Comparative Urbanization
Primary Advisor: Professor Paul Knox

Damian Pitt dpitt@vcu.edu
Dissertation: The Diffusion of Climate Protection Planning among U.S. Municipalities
Primary Advisor: Professor John Randolph

Andrew Sanderford sanderford@email.arizona.edu
Dissertation: Bridging the Diffusion of Innovation Chasm for Green Housing
Primary Advisor: Professor Ted Koebel

UAP PGG CONTACT INFORMATION

Krystal Wright
Graduate Coordinator
Planning, Governance, and Globalization Ph.D. Program
School of Public and International Affairs (0113)
140 Otey Street SW / Room 112
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
Phone: (540) 231-2291
Email: krystal@vt.edu

You may also direct questions to the Graduate School:

Graduate School
Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown (0325)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Graduate School – Graduate School admissions, application, and other information.

UAP ACADEMICS

Undergraduate Degrees

The Bachelor of Arts in Public and Urban Affairs degree provides the planning and policy skills and insights in order to understand and affect the economic, environmental, social, and governmental consequences of urban growth and change. Graduates work in government agencies, nonprofits, and the private sector addressing complex problems in realms such as urban planning, environmental justice, economic development, food systems, and international development.
The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Planning degree provides students the opportunity to study environmental problems and their solutions from an interdisciplinary perspective involving humanities, natural and social sciences, planning, and public policy. Graduates work in government agencies, nonprofits and the private sector, focusing on planning issues and challenges that affect local, regional, national and international communities. Graduates of the Environmental Planning and Policy degree program work in government agencies, nonprofits and the private sector, focusing on planning issues and challenges that affect local, regional, national and international communities.

Undergraduate Minors

The Environmental Policy and Planning Minor provides a critical interdisciplinary insight into modern environmental concerns.
A minor in Public and Urban Affairs requires completion of 18 credit hours:
UAP 1024: Public Issues in Urban Society
UAP 3014: Urban Policy and Planning
12 hours from approved list of UAP courses
The Real Estate Minor is a vital aspect of educating students for careers in real estate and in the real estate aspects of many facets of modern life. The instructional material is relevant to professionals in a wide range of real estate organizations and program graduates work in public sector agencies and in the private sector in such areas as economic development, urban planning and commercial/residential development.
The Watershed Management Minor provides an interdisciplinary and substantive understanding of watershed science, policy and decision-making. Alumni are prepared for careers in government, nonprofits and private sector organizations that focus on water resources.

Master’s Degrees

The Masters in Urban and Regional Planning degree has a dual objective of training graduates for their first planning job, and more importantly instilling conceptual and critical thinking necessary for lifelong learning and career development. Graduates are able to assume professional responsibilities in a wide variety of positions in public service or in the private sector.
MURP’s Dual Masters degrees, also known as simultaneous degrees, exist between the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) and Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), and Master of Natural Resources degrees (MNR). Dual degrees provide students with the opportunity to master core material in more than one field, allowing them to acquire the flexibility to engage in a wide range of activities within multiple fields and become bridge-builders between them; in fact, many rise to leadership positions because of their multi-disciplinary perspective. If you are interested in this program in Blacksburg, please contact uapvt@vt.edu. If you are interested in this program in Alexandria, please contact UAPAlexandria@vt.edu.

Doctoral Degree

The PhD in Planning, Governance, and Globalization (PGG) draws insights from the social sciences and humanities into the multidimensional study of governance processes in all levels of society and international affairs. The faculty and students work jointly to cultivate their experience, knowledge, and skill with regard to the governance practices, political institutions, social dynamics, cultural values, workplace conditions, spatial formations, historical trends, and ethical conflicts that intersect in the workings of government, business, and not-for-profit organizations. Program graduates work in a range of nonprofit/NGO, public and private organizations at national and international levels.

Certificates

Urban and regional planners need to know how they can develop their economies. The challenge for policymakers, economic developers and urban planners nowadays is to design appropriate local and regional economic development policies and programs to respond to challenges resulting from globalization, technological development, demographic changes, urban decline, sprawl, and social inequities. Virginia Tech’s Graduate Certificate in Economic Development is designed for those who are interested in acquiring a basic understanding of urban and regional economic development dynamics and the role of policy in influencing them.
Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) includes collection and analysis of remotely sensed data, digital spatial and attribute data used by geographic information systems (GIS), and the application of related technologies such as the Global Positioning System (GPS). Geographic Information Science is one of the leading careers in the United States today. As depth of knowledge is important to careers in the industry, this certificate requires 12 hours of geospatial coursework. Coursework is taken from three categories, beginning with introductory topics, and continuing through more advanced and specialized topics as best fits the student’s background and future goals.
The Graduate Certificate in Global Planning and International Development Studies builds on Virginia Tech’s internationally recognized, 30-year specialization in international development planning and an innovative partnership between faculty in programs such as Urban Affairs and Planning, Public Health, Geography, and Building Construction. The certificate seeks to prepare graduate students in multiple disciplines to engage in meaningful global professional leadership and academic positions to systematically tackle and resolve these global planning and development issues.
The Graduate Certificate in Metropolitan Studies is designed for those who are interested in acquiring a basic understanding of metropolitan development dynamics and the role of policy in influencing them. The certificate is part of the Urban Affairs and Planning program’s overall mission to teach students how to understand, analyze, and influence the forces that shape the metropolitan built environment.
Virginia Tech’s School certificate in Nonprofit and NGO Management focuses on the most vital and urgent management challenges for nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations. The certificate is ideal for rising professionals across the globe navigating the complex fiscal, managerial and networked environments of nonprofits and NGOs during a time of significant change. Courses in the certificate also include a focus on leadership, complex management, program evaluation with an emphasis on accountability. All courses seamlessly integrate the domestic and international context.
The management of water resources is a critical issue facing governmental agencies, as well as the private/industrial sector and citizens. The Watershed Management Certificate provides an excellent opportunity for future water and land managers to develop the interdisciplinary skills necessary for meeting these challenges in the field of water resources. This certificate integrates existing programs and courses from five colleges and ten departments at Virginia Tech to provide an interdisciplinary and substantive understanding of watershed science, policy, and decision-making.

Special Programs

The Combined B.A. Architecture/Masters in Urban and Regional Planning degree provides students with the option of earning a professionally-accredited Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree along with the professionally accredited Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) degree. Graduates of the combined degree program are at the nexus of planning and architectural design, crafting solutions to community issues that respond to social, political, economic and spatial challenges.
Located in Old Town Alexandria, the Washington Semester is an eleven-week summer program that provides students the opportunity to acquire professional experience in a governmental agency or other relevant enterprise in the private or nonprofit sector.

UAP FACULTY & STAFF

PhD in PLANNING, GOVERNANCE, & GLOBALIZATION (UAP TRACK)
The doctoral program in Planning, Governance & Globalization is a spin-off from the Environmental Design and Planning (EDP) Ph.D. Program in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Initiated in 1975, the EDP program has grown not only in enrollment but also in specializations or streams as the College has become more diverse through restructuring. Effective spring 2007, EDP spun off two separate Ph.D. degrees, Planning, Governance & Globalization (PGG) in the School of Public & International Affairs and Architecture Design Research (ADR) in the School of Architecture + Design.

PGG HAS TWO TRACKS WITHIN THE DEGREE

The GG track is supported by faculty in Government and International Affairs.

Thematic Areas in the Governance & Globalization track:

  • Governance, Institutions & Civil Society
  • Globalization, Identities, Security, & Economies

The UEDP track is supported by faculty in Urban Affairs and Planning.

Thematic Areas in the Urban & Environmental Design & Planning track:

  • Metropolitan Development
  • Community & Economic Development Planning
  • International Development Planning
  • Environmental Planning & Sustainability
  • Landscape Planning & Analysis
  • Transportation Planning
  • Physical Planning & Urban Design
APPLICATIONS, DEADLINES, & TUITION
PGG has established a highly selective Ph.D. program drawing students in the 60th percentile or higher of peer institutions based on GRE scores, GPA, and other measures. Applicants should have master’s degrees in closely allied fields, such as Planning, Landscape Architecture, Political Science, Sociology, International Relations, Geography, and Economics, among others.

The graduate admissions committee will carefully screen all applications, and all admissions decisions will be made by consensus of the faculty. At least one faculty member from this program must agree to supervise any applicant whose record meets admissions requirements before they will receive a formal offer of admission. All incoming students will be assigned a “provisional” advisor who will work with the student until the student establishes a formal advisory committee of four members.

Information about the tracks and their thematic areas, process for transfer courses, and more, can be found in the current PGG Handbook.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Students apply online through the Graduate School website. If applying online is not an option for you, you may request paper application materials through their site as well.

SUBMIT THE APPLICATION AND FOLLOWING MATERIALS ONLINE:
    1. Report of the TOEFL test (if applicable); Virginia Tech’s code is #005859. The Graduate School requires official test scores sent directly from ETS.
    2. Transcripts: see more important information about providing transcripts on the Graduate School’s application site.While completing your online application and prior to submitting it, you will be required to upload one copy of your scanned official transcript from each institution from which you have earned or will earn an undergraduate or graduate degree. Do not send transcripts for community college attendance or from any institution where you enrolled in classes but did not earn a degree.Please do not mail your official transcripts to us until you have received an offer of admission from Virginia Tech. Please note that non-legible scans will not be accepted. Make sure your scanned documents are legible before uploading, as non-legible documents will result in processing delays.You may scan a copy of your official paper or electronic transcript provided to you from your institution’s Registrar. Do NOT upload your institution’s web-based academic record or a document stating it is not an official transcript. Make sure that all critical and identifying marks have been scanned and are legible.
    3. Three letters of recommendation (these may also be submitted online).
    4. Resume and Personal Statement (see below for items to include in the statement).

Whether you’re applying to the Blacksburg or NCR campus, please direct any questions you have to:

Krystal Wright
Graduate Staff Coordinator
Planning, Governance, and Globalization Ph.D. Program
School of Public and International Affairs (0113)
140 Otey Street SW / Room 112
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
telephone: 540-231-2291
email: spia@vt.edu

You may also direct questions to the Graduate School:

Graduate School
Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown (0325)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Graduate School – Graduate School admissions, application, and other information.

Applicants may use the space provided in the online application for their resume and personal statement. The online application form will ask you to state your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree; this section may be used as the personal statement.

PERSONAL STATEMENT

Items to include in your statement:

  1. Indicate which track (UEDP or GG) and the theme within the track you are interested in pursuing. Information about the tracks and themes can be found in the PGG Handbook.
  2. Include a brief research proposal.
  3. Identify faculty you would like to serve as your major professor and why.

ACADEMIC STANDARDS

Students applying to the PGG program should meet the following academic standards:

  1. A “B” overall grade point average (3.1 on a 4 point scale)
  2. TOEFL minimums: internet-based: 80; computer-based: 213; paper-based: 550- or -IELTS: minimum 6.5(TOEFL nor IELTS not required of US permanent residents or US naturalized citizens; can be waived by the Graduate School if student attended a university where English is the language of instruction)

DEADLINES

The PGG Admissions Committee begins reviewing applications in early February, so students who wish to be considered for graduate assistantships should have a complete application submitted by February 1 for the upcoming fall term. Graduate Assistantship decisions are made by the end of March.

The following application and decision deadlines have been established for the upcoming entry terms:

Deadlines Fall* Spring Summer I Summer II
Domestic Applicants apply by August 1 December 1 May 1 June 1
Department decision by August 15 January 15 May 15 June 15
International Applicants apply by April 1 September 1 January 1 February 1
Department decision by May 10 October 10 February 15 March 15

* Students seeking departmental funding should submit all required admissions materials by February 1st for full consideration.

* Please also see the Graduate School’s site for other available funding.

Please note that International students must have a decision on their applications no later than the deadlines indicated for the terms shown above. Any decisions made after these timeframes need to be approved in advance and on a case-by-case basis, by the Graduate School’s International Graduate Student Services staff. The contact email is igss@vt.edu.

For those in the National Capital Region, please contact intlncr@vt.edu.

PGG MILESTONE TIMELINE
Download the PGG Milestone Timeline.

PGG Milestone Timeline
PGG FORMS

All information can be found in the current student handbook. All forms must be submitted to Krystal Wright for processing.

See also the Scholar site for PGG current students

* Current students, not on stipend, who are seeking financial assistance should see the Graduate School’s site for other available funding.


SUGGESTED MILESTONE TIMELINE
PGG Milestone Timeline

Here is a suggested timeline of the major milestones that can also be found on page 9 of the handbook. Milestones are touched on briefly on pages 7-8 and in-depth descriptions begin on page 26 of the handbook.


SAMPLE PLAN OF STUDY
PGG Sample Plan of Study

Submit your plan of study with signature page (see next item immediately following) to Krystal Wright once complete.
Information about the plan can be found in the handbook on page 22 and the sample plan is on pages 34 and 35.
Students create their plans based on the sample.
Courses listed on the plan should match those on your transcript*:
* be sure you list the correct term on the plan as well as the correct department and course number (be careful of cross-listed courses).
Note: if you don’t have items for a particular section you don’t need to include that section on your plan.


PLAN OF STUDY SIGNATURE PAGE

PGG Plan of Study Signature Page

Signature page must be submitted with your plan. You can create your signature page when creating your Plan of Study or print this form.


QUALIFYING EXAM

PGG Qualifying Exam Form

Take the Qualifying Exam form with you for signature when you meet your committee.
Most students do the plan of study and the qualifying exam at the same time though it’s not mandatory.


PROPOSAL DEFENSE

PGG Proposal Defense Form

Take the Proposal Defense form with you for signature when you meet your committee.

USEFUL LINKS

Listing of current students and alumni.

For more information on the Ph.D. in PGG, please see the PGG Handbook.

Graduate School admissions, application, and other information.

Immigration Services – valuable information for international applicants.

Cranwell International Center at Virginia Tech – valuable information for international students after arrival.

Contact:
Krystal Wright
PGG Graduate Staff Coordinator
Email: krystal@vt.edu
Phone: (540) 231-2291

CURRENT PGG-UEDP STUDENTS

Ernesto L. Acosta ela2ness@vt.edu
Transportation and Environment
Primary Advisors:  Dr. Ralph Buehler and Prof. Tom Sanchez

Jessica Agnew jlagnew@vt.edu
Market-based Approaches to Address Poverty and Malnutrition
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ralph Hall

SeungBee Choi sbchoi@vt.edu
Community Development, Social Mix, Housing Policy, Urban Policy
Primary Advisor: Dr. Thomas Skuzinski

Alan Cunningham alanfc71@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ralph Buehler

Karen Drake kdrake@vt.edu
Not Stated
Primary Advisors: Dr. Maggie Cowell and Dr. John Provo

Will Drake wdrake@vt.edu
Climate Change and Natural Hazards Planning
Primary Advisor: Dr. Yang Zhang

Selma Elouardighi selmae@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ralph Hall and Professor Edward Weisband

Marc Fialkoff marcf@vt.edu
Critical Infrastructure Resilience and Security, Freight Transportation Planning and Policy
Primary Advisors: Dr. Ralph Hall and Dr. Ralph Buehler

Raj G. C. rajgc@vt.edu
A Comparative Analysis of the Sustainability of Multiple-Use Water Service Systems; (MUS) and Single-Use Domestic Water Systems (SUS): Examples from the Hills of Nepal
Primary Advisory: Dr. Ralph Hall

Fleur Gooden fleur@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Khushboo Gupta khushboo@vt.edu
Smart Cities and Livability in Developing Countries, Economic Impact Analysis
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ralph Hall

Andrea Hamre ahamre@vt.edu
Commuter Benefits, Transport Justice, Travel Behavior
Primary Advisor: Dr. Kris Wernstedt

Priscila Izar izarpris@vt.edu
Globalization, Real Estate Development, and Social Justice
Primary Advisor: Dr. David Bieri

Hwa young Kim eagloo@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Yang Zhang

Stephen Kleiber kleiber@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Diane Zahm

Huyen Le huyenle@vt.edu
Travel Behavior, Activity-Travel, Choice Modeling
Primary Advisor: Dr. Steve Hankey and Dr. Ralph Buehler

Tianjun Lu tianjun@vt.edu
Research Interest: Environmental Planning and Transportation Planning
Primary Advisor: Dr. Steve Hankey

Omchand Mahdu omchand4@vt.edu
The Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture and Rural Development
Primary Advisor: Professor John Browder

Neda Moayerian mneda14@vt.edu
Cultural Tourism, Civic Engagement and Community Development
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Cheryl L. Montgomery clmontgo@vt.edu
Critical Race Theory, Counterpublics, Community Identity, Digital Storytelling
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Seth Peery sspeery@vt.edu
GIS, Impact of Telecommunications on Rural Economic Development
Primary Advisor: Professor Tom Sanchez

Hye jeong Seo seohj@vt.edu
Not Stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Todd Schenk

Vera Smirnova veras@vt.edu
Research on Land Appropriation, Enclosure, and Territorialization in Times of Economic Crises
Primary Advisor: Professor Paul Knox

Frances Stanley fstanley@vt.edu
Community Development Non Profits
Primary Advisor: Professor Ted Koebel

Caitlin Walter csugrue@vt.edu
Economic Development & Housing Policy 
Primary Advisor: Dr. Maggie Cowell

Qiong Wang wqiong7@vt.edu
Environment and Behavior
Primary Advisor: Dr. Yang Zhang

Yang Wang yang6@vt.edu
Land Use Science Planning
Primary Advisor:  Dr. Todd Schenk

Emma Rongrong Wei rrw1988@vt.edu
Fiscal Behavior, Fiscal Rules & Institutions, Public Choice
Primary Advisor: Dr. Tom Skuzinski

Daniel White dannyw@vt.edu
Sport and International Development, Social Capital, International Development
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Jane Anne Williams janeann@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke

Joshua Wimpey jorshw@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Drs. Ralph Hall and Kris Wernstedt

Ruixiang Xie xrx1993@vt.edu
Environmental Policy, Climate Change, Global and Local Governance
Primary Advisors:  Dr. Kris Wernstedt and Dr. Yang Zhang

Arica Young arica2@vt.edu
Suburban Spaces, Cohousing and Ecovillages, Social and Environmental Sustainability
Primary Advisor: Drs. Sonia Hirt and Derek Hyra

PGG-UEDP ALUMNI

Wafa Al-Daily waldaily@vt.edu
Dissertation: An Exploration of State and Non-State Actor Engagement in Informal Settlement Governance in the Mahwa Aser Neighborhood and Sana’a City, Yemen
Primary Advisors: Professors Max Stephenson and Kathleen Parrott

Yehyun (Hannah) An yehyun@vt.edu
Dissertation: The Operationalization of Capacity Development: The Case of Urban Infrastructure Projects in India
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ralph Hall

Veronica Arroyave varroya@vt.edu
Dissertation: Networks in the Disaster Response and Global Health Domain: A case study of The Partnership for Quality Medical Donation’s response to the 2010 Haitian Earthquake
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

David Bieri bieri@vt.edu
Dissertation: Location Choice, Linkages and the Spatial Economy: Essays on Theory, Evidence and Heterodox Assessment
Primary Advisor: Professor Paul Knox

Brendan Brink-Halloran bbrink42@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Timothy G. Brown tgbrown@vt.edu
Environmental Conflicts, The U.S. News Media, Public Agenda Setting
Primary Advisor: Professor John Randolph

Fanny Carlet fanny09@vt.edu
Sustainable Development and Green Infrastructure
Primary Advisor: Dr. Kris Wernstedt

Kate Fisher fisherm@cna.org
Dissertation: Aging America: Essays on Population Aging and the Physical and Economic Landscapes in the United States
Primary Advisor: Dr. Casey Dawkins

Trevor Flanery tflanery@vt.edu
Economic and Community Development, Complex Adaptive Systems, Networks, Models & Simulation Science
Primary Advisor: Professor John Randolph

Curt Gervich cgervich@plattsburgh.edu
Decision Making for Sustainability – EDP (Planning)
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Anja Hälg Bieri ahb@vt.edu
Urban Geography, Architecture, Documentary Art, Critical Theory, Walkable Urbanism, Creative Cities
Primary Advisor: Dr. Paul Knox

Allison Heck ajaheck@vt.edu
Cultural Development, Community and Economic Development, Participatory Planning, Gentrification, and Resilience
Primary Advisor: Dr. Derek Hyra

Jennifer LeFurgy jlefurgy@vt.edu
“Staying Power: Aging in Community and the Village Model”
Primary Advisor: Professor Jim Bohland

Monica Licher mlicher@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Assoc. Prof. Jesse Richardson

Cindy Lintz mila@vt.edu
Perceptions of Other Along the Bulgarian-Macedonian Border
Primary Advisors: Drs. Sonia Hirt and Derek Hyra

Morgan Mbeky
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Tom Sanchez

Dale Medearis dmedearis@novaregion.org
European (specifically German) urban planning practices, and regional climate mitigation and adaptation policies
Primary Advisor: Professor Chris Nelson

Joao Mil-Homens joaomh@ualg.pt
Dissertation: Labeling Schemes or Labeling Scams? Auditors’ Perspectives on ISO 14001 Certification
Primary Advisors: Professor John Randolph and Dr. Joe Rees

Asli Ceylan Oner aoner@fau.edu
Globalization, Global Cities, Metropolitan Decentralization, and Comparative Urbanization
Primary Advisor: Professor Paul Knox

Damian Pitt dpitt@vcu.edu
Dissertation: The Diffusion of Climate Protection Planning among U.S. Municipalities
Primary Advisor: Professor John Randolph

Andrew Sanderford sanderford@email.arizona.edu
Dissertation: Bridging the Diffusion of Innovation Chasm for Green Housing
Primary Advisor: Professor Ted Koebel

UAP PGG CONTACT INFORMATION

Krystal Wright
Graduate Coordinator
Planning, Governance, and Globalization Ph.D. Program
School of Public and International Affairs (0113)
140 Otey Street SW / Room 112
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
Phone: (540) 231-2291
Email: krystal@vt.edu

You may also direct questions to the Graduate School:

Graduate School
Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown (0325)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Graduate School – Graduate School admissions, application, and other information.

UAP ACADEMICS

Undergraduate Degrees

The Bachelor of Arts in Public and Urban Affairs degree provides the planning and policy skills and insights in order to understand and affect the economic, environmental, social, and governmental consequences of urban growth and change. Graduates work in government agencies, nonprofits, and the private sector addressing complex problems in realms such as urban planning, environmental justice, economic development, food systems, and international development.
The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Planning degree provides students the opportunity to study environmental problems and their solutions from an interdisciplinary perspective involving humanities, natural and social sciences, planning, and public policy. Graduates work in government agencies, nonprofits and the private sector, focusing on planning issues and challenges that affect local, regional, national and international communities. Graduates of the Environmental Planning and Policy degree program work in government agencies, nonprofits and the private sector, focusing on planning issues and challenges that affect local, regional, national and international communities.

Undergraduate Minors

The Environmental Policy and Planning Minor provides a critical interdisciplinary insight into modern environmental concerns.
A minor in Public and Urban Affairs requires completion of 18 credit hours:
UAP 1024: Public Issues in Urban Society
UAP 3014: Urban Policy and Planning
12 hours from approved list of UAP courses
The Real Estate Minor is a vital aspect of educating students for careers in real estate and in the real estate aspects of many facets of modern life. The instructional material is relevant to professionals in a wide range of real estate organizations and program graduates work in public sector agencies and in the private sector in such areas as economic development, urban planning and commercial/residential development.
The Watershed Management Minor provides an interdisciplinary and substantive understanding of watershed science, policy and decision-making. Alumni are prepared for careers in government, nonprofits and private sector organizations that focus on water resources.

Master’s Degrees

The Masters in Urban and Regional Planning degree has a dual objective of training graduates for their first planning job, and more importantly instilling conceptual and critical thinking necessary for lifelong learning and career development. Graduates are able to assume professional responsibilities in a wide variety of positions in public service or in the private sector.
MURP’s Dual Masters degrees, also known as simultaneous degrees, exist between the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) and Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), and Master of Natural Resources degrees (MNR). Dual degrees provide students with the opportunity to master core material in more than one field, allowing them to acquire the flexibility to engage in a wide range of activities within multiple fields and become bridge-builders between them; in fact, many rise to leadership positions because of their multi-disciplinary perspective. If you are interested in this program in Blacksburg, please contact uapvt@vt.edu. If you are interested in this program in Alexandria, please contact UAPAlexandria@vt.edu.

Doctoral Degree

The PhD in Planning, Governance, and Globalization (PGG) draws insights from the social sciences and humanities into the multidimensional study of governance processes in all levels of society and international affairs. The faculty and students work jointly to cultivate their experience, knowledge, and skill with regard to the governance practices, political institutions, social dynamics, cultural values, workplace conditions, spatial formations, historical trends, and ethical conflicts that intersect in the workings of government, business, and not-for-profit organizations. Program graduates work in a range of nonprofit/NGO, public and private organizations at national and international levels.

Certificates

Urban and regional planners need to know how they can develop their economies. The challenge for policymakers, economic developers and urban planners nowadays is to design appropriate local and regional economic development policies and programs to respond to challenges resulting from globalization, technological development, demographic changes, urban decline, sprawl, and social inequities. Virginia Tech’s Graduate Certificate in Economic Development is designed for those who are interested in acquiring a basic understanding of urban and regional economic development dynamics and the role of policy in influencing them.
Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) includes collection and analysis of remotely sensed data, digital spatial and attribute data used by geographic information systems (GIS), and the application of related technologies such as the Global Positioning System (GPS). Geographic Information Science is one of the leading careers in the United States today. As depth of knowledge is important to careers in the industry, this certificate requires 12 hours of geospatial coursework. Coursework is taken from three categories, beginning with introductory topics, and continuing through more advanced and specialized topics as best fits the student’s background and future goals.
The Graduate Certificate in Global Planning and International Development Studies builds on Virginia Tech’s internationally recognized, 30-year specialization in international development planning and an innovative partnership between faculty in programs such as Urban Affairs and Planning, Public Health, Geography, and Building Construction. The certificate seeks to prepare graduate students in multiple disciplines to engage in meaningful global professional leadership and academic positions to systematically tackle and resolve these global planning and development issues.
The Graduate Certificate in Metropolitan Studies is designed for those who are interested in acquiring a basic understanding of metropolitan development dynamics and the role of policy in influencing them. The certificate is part of the Urban Affairs and Planning program’s overall mission to teach students how to understand, analyze, and influence the forces that shape the metropolitan built environment.
Virginia Tech’s School certificate in Nonprofit and NGO Management focuses on the most vital and urgent management challenges for nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations. The certificate is ideal for rising professionals across the globe navigating the complex fiscal, managerial and networked environments of nonprofits and NGOs during a time of significant change. Courses in the certificate also include a focus on leadership, complex management, program evaluation with an emphasis on accountability. All courses seamlessly integrate the domestic and international context.
The management of water resources is a critical issue facing governmental agencies, as well as the private/industrial sector and citizens. The Watershed Management Certificate provides an excellent opportunity for future water and land managers to develop the interdisciplinary skills necessary for meeting these challenges in the field of water resources. This certificate integrates existing programs and courses from five colleges and ten departments at Virginia Tech to provide an interdisciplinary and substantive understanding of watershed science, policy, and decision-making.

Special Programs

The Combined B.A. Architecture/Masters in Urban and Regional Planning degree provides students with the option of earning a professionally-accredited Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree along with the professionally accredited Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) degree. Graduates of the combined degree program are at the nexus of planning and architectural design, crafting solutions to community issues that respond to social, political, economic and spatial challenges.
Located in Old Town Alexandria, the Washington Semester is an eleven-week summer program that provides students the opportunity to acquire professional experience in a governmental agency or other relevant enterprise in the private or nonprofit sector.

UAP FACULTY & STAFF

PhD in PLANNING, GOVERNANCE, & GLOBALIZATION (UAP TRACK)
The doctoral program in Planning, Governance & Globalization is a spin-off from the Environmental Design and Planning (EDP) Ph.D. Program in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Initiated in 1975, the EDP program has grown not only in enrollment but also in specializations or streams as the College has become more diverse through restructuring. Effective spring 2007, EDP spun off two separate Ph.D. degrees, Planning, Governance & Globalization (PGG) in the School of Public & International Affairs and Architecture Design Research (ADR) in the School of Architecture + Design.

PGG HAS TWO TRACKS WITHIN THE DEGREE

The GG track is supported by faculty in Government and International Affairs.

Thematic Areas in the Governance & Globalization track:

  • Governance, Institutions & Civil Society
  • Globalization, Identities, Security, & Economies

The UEDP track is supported by faculty in Urban Affairs and Planning.

Thematic Areas in the Urban & Environmental Design & Planning track:

  • Metropolitan Development
  • Community & Economic Development Planning
  • International Development Planning
  • Environmental Planning & Sustainability
  • Landscape Planning & Analysis
  • Transportation Planning
  • Physical Planning & Urban Design
APPLICATIONS, DEADLINES, & TUITION
PGG has established a highly selective Ph.D. program drawing students in the 60th percentile or higher of peer institutions based on GRE scores, GPA, and other measures. Applicants should have master’s degrees in closely allied fields, such as Planning, Landscape Architecture, Political Science, Sociology, International Relations, Geography, and Economics, among others.

The graduate admissions committee will carefully screen all applications, and all admissions decisions will be made by consensus of the faculty. At least one faculty member from this program must agree to supervise any applicant whose record meets admissions requirements before they will receive a formal offer of admission. All incoming students will be assigned a “provisional” advisor who will work with the student until the student establishes a formal advisory committee of four members.

Information about the tracks and their thematic areas, process for transfer courses, and more, can be found in the current PGG Handbook.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Students apply online through the Graduate School website. If applying online is not an option for you, you may request paper application materials through their site as well.

SUBMIT THE APPLICATION AND FOLLOWING MATERIALS ONLINE:
    1. Report of the TOEFL test (if applicable); Virginia Tech’s code is #005859. The Graduate School requires official test scores sent directly from ETS.
    2. Transcripts: see more important information about providing transcripts on the Graduate School’s application site.While completing your online application and prior to submitting it, you will be required to upload one copy of your scanned official transcript from each institution from which you have earned or will earn an undergraduate or graduate degree. Do not send transcripts for community college attendance or from any institution where you enrolled in classes but did not earn a degree.Please do not mail your official transcripts to us until you have received an offer of admission from Virginia Tech. Please note that non-legible scans will not be accepted. Make sure your scanned documents are legible before uploading, as non-legible documents will result in processing delays.You may scan a copy of your official paper or electronic transcript provided to you from your institution’s Registrar. Do NOT upload your institution’s web-based academic record or a document stating it is not an official transcript. Make sure that all critical and identifying marks have been scanned and are legible.
    3. Three letters of recommendation (these may also be submitted online).
    4. Resume and Personal Statement (see below for items to include in the statement).

Whether you’re applying to the Blacksburg or NCR campus, please direct any questions you have to:

Krystal Wright
Graduate Staff Coordinator
Planning, Governance, and Globalization Ph.D. Program
School of Public and International Affairs (0113)
140 Otey Street SW / Room 112
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
telephone: 540-231-2291
email: spia@vt.edu

You may also direct questions to the Graduate School:

Graduate School
Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown (0325)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Graduate School – Graduate School admissions, application, and other information.

Applicants may use the space provided in the online application for their resume and personal statement. The online application form will ask you to state your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree; this section may be used as the personal statement.

PERSONAL STATEMENT

Items to include in your statement:

  1. Indicate which track (UEDP or GG) and the theme within the track you are interested in pursuing. Information about the tracks and themes can be found in the PGG Handbook.
  2. Include a brief research proposal.
  3. Identify faculty you would like to serve as your major professor and why.

ACADEMIC STANDARDS

Students applying to the PGG program should meet the following academic standards:

  1. A “B” overall grade point average (3.1 on a 4 point scale)
  2. TOEFL minimums: internet-based: 80; computer-based: 213; paper-based: 550- or -IELTS: minimum 6.5(TOEFL nor IELTS not required of US permanent residents or US naturalized citizens; can be waived by the Graduate School if student attended a university where English is the language of instruction)

DEADLINES

The PGG Admissions Committee begins reviewing applications in early February, so students who wish to be considered for graduate assistantships should have a complete application submitted by February 1 for the upcoming fall term. Graduate Assistantship decisions are made by the end of March.

The following application and decision deadlines have been established for the upcoming entry terms:

Deadlines Fall* Spring Summer I Summer II
Domestic Applicants apply by August 1 December 1 May 1 June 1
Department decision by August 15 January 15 May 15 June 15
International Applicants apply by April 1 September 1 January 1 February 1
Department decision by May 10 October 10 February 15 March 15

* Students seeking departmental funding should submit all required admissions materials by February 1st for full consideration.

* Please also see the Graduate School’s site for other available funding.

Please note that International students must have a decision on their applications no later than the deadlines indicated for the terms shown above. Any decisions made after these timeframes need to be approved in advance and on a case-by-case basis, by the Graduate School’s International Graduate Student Services staff. The contact email is igss@vt.edu.

For those in the National Capital Region, please contact intlncr@vt.edu.

PGG MILESTONE TIMELINE
Download the PGG Milestone Timeline.

PGG Milestone Timeline
PGG FORMS

All information can be found in the current student handbook. All forms must be submitted to Krystal Wright for processing.

See also the Scholar site for PGG current students

* Current students, not on stipend, who are seeking financial assistance should see the Graduate School’s site for other available funding.


SUGGESTED MILESTONE TIMELINE
PGG Milestone Timeline

Here is a suggested timeline of the major milestones that can also be found on page 9 of the handbook. Milestones are touched on briefly on pages 7-8 and in-depth descriptions begin on page 26 of the handbook.


SAMPLE PLAN OF STUDY
PGG Sample Plan of Study

Submit your plan of study with signature page (see next item immediately following) to Krystal Wright once complete.
Information about the plan can be found in the handbook on page 22 and the sample plan is on pages 34 and 35.
Students create their plans based on the sample.
Courses listed on the plan should match those on your transcript*:
* be sure you list the correct term on the plan as well as the correct department and course number (be careful of cross-listed courses).
Note: if you don’t have items for a particular section you don’t need to include that section on your plan.


PLAN OF STUDY SIGNATURE PAGE

PGG Plan of Study Signature Page

Signature page must be submitted with your plan. You can create your signature page when creating your Plan of Study or print this form.


QUALIFYING EXAM

PGG Qualifying Exam Form

Take the Qualifying Exam form with you for signature when you meet your committee.
Most students do the plan of study and the qualifying exam at the same time though it’s not mandatory.


PROPOSAL DEFENSE

PGG Proposal Defense Form

Take the Proposal Defense form with you for signature when you meet your committee.

USEFUL LINKS

Listing of current students and alumni.

For more information on the Ph.D. in PGG, please see the PGG Handbook.

Graduate School admissions, application, and other information.

Immigration Services – valuable information for international applicants.

Cranwell International Center at Virginia Tech – valuable information for international students after arrival.

Contact:
Krystal Wright
PGG Graduate Staff Coordinator
Email: krystal@vt.edu
Phone: (540) 231-2291

CURRENT PGG-UEDP STUDENTS

Ernesto L. Acosta ela2ness@vt.edu
Transportation and Environment
Primary Advisors:  Dr. Ralph Buehler and Prof. Tom Sanchez

Jessica Agnew jlagnew@vt.edu
Market-based Approaches to Address Poverty and Malnutrition
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ralph Hall

SeungBee Choi sbchoi@vt.edu
Community Development, Social Mix, Housing Policy, Urban Policy
Primary Advisor: Dr. Thomas Skuzinski

Alan Cunningham alanfc71@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ralph Buehler

Karen Drake kdrake@vt.edu
Not Stated
Primary Advisors: Dr. Maggie Cowell and Dr. John Provo

Will Drake wdrake@vt.edu
Climate Change and Natural Hazards Planning
Primary Advisor: Dr. Yang Zhang

Selma Elouardighi selmae@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ralph Hall and Professor Edward Weisband

Marc Fialkoff marcf@vt.edu
Critical Infrastructure Resilience and Security, Freight Transportation Planning and Policy
Primary Advisors: Dr. Ralph Hall and Dr. Ralph Buehler

Raj G. C. rajgc@vt.edu
A Comparative Analysis of the Sustainability of Multiple-Use Water Service Systems; (MUS) and Single-Use Domestic Water Systems (SUS): Examples from the Hills of Nepal
Primary Advisory: Dr. Ralph Hall

Fleur Gooden fleur@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Khushboo Gupta khushboo@vt.edu
Smart Cities and Livability in Developing Countries, Economic Impact Analysis
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ralph Hall

Andrea Hamre ahamre@vt.edu
Commuter Benefits, Transport Justice, Travel Behavior
Primary Advisor: Dr. Kris Wernstedt

Priscila Izar izarpris@vt.edu
Globalization, Real Estate Development, and Social Justice
Primary Advisor: Dr. David Bieri

Hwa young Kim eagloo@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Yang Zhang

Stephen Kleiber kleiber@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Diane Zahm

Huyen Le huyenle@vt.edu
Travel Behavior, Activity-Travel, Choice Modeling
Primary Advisor: Dr. Steve Hankey and Dr. Ralph Buehler

Tianjun Lu tianjun@vt.edu
Research Interest: Environmental Planning and Transportation Planning
Primary Advisor: Dr. Steve Hankey

Omchand Mahdu omchand4@vt.edu
The Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture and Rural Development
Primary Advisor: Professor John Browder

Neda Moayerian mneda14@vt.edu
Cultural Tourism, Civic Engagement and Community Development
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Cheryl L. Montgomery clmontgo@vt.edu
Critical Race Theory, Counterpublics, Community Identity, Digital Storytelling
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Seth Peery sspeery@vt.edu
GIS, Impact of Telecommunications on Rural Economic Development
Primary Advisor: Professor Tom Sanchez

Hye jeong Seo seohj@vt.edu
Not Stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Todd Schenk

Vera Smirnova veras@vt.edu
Research on Land Appropriation, Enclosure, and Territorialization in Times of Economic Crises
Primary Advisor: Professor Paul Knox

Frances Stanley fstanley@vt.edu
Community Development Non Profits
Primary Advisor: Professor Ted Koebel

Caitlin Walter csugrue@vt.edu
Economic Development & Housing Policy 
Primary Advisor: Dr. Maggie Cowell

Qiong Wang wqiong7@vt.edu
Environment and Behavior
Primary Advisor: Dr. Yang Zhang

Yang Wang yang6@vt.edu
Land Use Science Planning
Primary Advisor:  Dr. Todd Schenk

Emma Rongrong Wei rrw1988@vt.edu
Fiscal Behavior, Fiscal Rules & Institutions, Public Choice
Primary Advisor: Dr. Tom Skuzinski

Daniel White dannyw@vt.edu
Sport and International Development, Social Capital, International Development
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Jane Anne Williams janeann@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke

Joshua Wimpey jorshw@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Drs. Ralph Hall and Kris Wernstedt

Ruixiang Xie xrx1993@vt.edu
Environmental Policy, Climate Change, Global and Local Governance
Primary Advisors:  Dr. Kris Wernstedt and Dr. Yang Zhang

Arica Young arica2@vt.edu
Suburban Spaces, Cohousing and Ecovillages, Social and Environmental Sustainability
Primary Advisor: Drs. Sonia Hirt and Derek Hyra

PGG-UEDP ALUMNI

Wafa Al-Daily waldaily@vt.edu
Dissertation: An Exploration of State and Non-State Actor Engagement in Informal Settlement Governance in the Mahwa Aser Neighborhood and Sana’a City, Yemen
Primary Advisors: Professors Max Stephenson and Kathleen Parrott

Yehyun (Hannah) An yehyun@vt.edu
Dissertation: The Operationalization of Capacity Development: The Case of Urban Infrastructure Projects in India
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ralph Hall

Veronica Arroyave varroya@vt.edu
Dissertation: Networks in the Disaster Response and Global Health Domain: A case study of The Partnership for Quality Medical Donation’s response to the 2010 Haitian Earthquake
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

David Bieri bieri@vt.edu
Dissertation: Location Choice, Linkages and the Spatial Economy: Essays on Theory, Evidence and Heterodox Assessment
Primary Advisor: Professor Paul Knox

Brendan Brink-Halloran bbrink42@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Timothy G. Brown tgbrown@vt.edu
Environmental Conflicts, The U.S. News Media, Public Agenda Setting
Primary Advisor: Professor John Randolph

Fanny Carlet fanny09@vt.edu
Sustainable Development and Green Infrastructure
Primary Advisor: Dr. Kris Wernstedt

Kate Fisher fisherm@cna.org
Dissertation: Aging America: Essays on Population Aging and the Physical and Economic Landscapes in the United States
Primary Advisor: Dr. Casey Dawkins

Trevor Flanery tflanery@vt.edu
Economic and Community Development, Complex Adaptive Systems, Networks, Models & Simulation Science
Primary Advisor: Professor John Randolph

Curt Gervich cgervich@plattsburgh.edu
Decision Making for Sustainability – EDP (Planning)
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Anja Hälg Bieri ahb@vt.edu
Urban Geography, Architecture, Documentary Art, Critical Theory, Walkable Urbanism, Creative Cities
Primary Advisor: Dr. Paul Knox

Allison Heck ajaheck@vt.edu
Cultural Development, Community and Economic Development, Participatory Planning, Gentrification, and Resilience
Primary Advisor: Dr. Derek Hyra

Jennifer LeFurgy jlefurgy@vt.edu
“Staying Power: Aging in Community and the Village Model”
Primary Advisor: Professor Jim Bohland

Monica Licher mlicher@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Assoc. Prof. Jesse Richardson

Cindy Lintz mila@vt.edu
Perceptions of Other Along the Bulgarian-Macedonian Border
Primary Advisors: Drs. Sonia Hirt and Derek Hyra

Morgan Mbeky
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Tom Sanchez

Dale Medearis dmedearis@novaregion.org
European (specifically German) urban planning practices, and regional climate mitigation and adaptation policies
Primary Advisor: Professor Chris Nelson

Joao Mil-Homens joaomh@ualg.pt
Dissertation: Labeling Schemes or Labeling Scams? Auditors’ Perspectives on ISO 14001 Certification
Primary Advisors: Professor John Randolph and Dr. Joe Rees

Asli Ceylan Oner aoner@fau.edu
Globalization, Global Cities, Metropolitan Decentralization, and Comparative Urbanization
Primary Advisor: Professor Paul Knox

Damian Pitt dpitt@vcu.edu
Dissertation: The Diffusion of Climate Protection Planning among U.S. Municipalities
Primary Advisor: Professor John Randolph

Andrew Sanderford sanderford@email.arizona.edu
Dissertation: Bridging the Diffusion of Innovation Chasm for Green Housing
Primary Advisor: Professor Ted Koebel

UAP PGG CONTACT INFORMATION

Krystal Wright
Graduate Coordinator
Planning, Governance, and Globalization Ph.D. Program
School of Public and International Affairs (0113)
140 Otey Street SW / Room 112
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
Phone: (540) 231-2291
Email: krystal@vt.edu

You may also direct questions to the Graduate School:

Graduate School
Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown (0325)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Graduate School – Graduate School admissions, application, and other information.

UAP ACADEMICS

Undergraduate Degrees

The Bachelor of Arts in Public and Urban Affairs degree provides the planning and policy skills and insights in order to understand and affect the economic, environmental, social, and governmental consequences of urban growth and change. Graduates work in government agencies, nonprofits, and the private sector addressing complex problems in realms such as urban planning, environmental justice, economic development, food systems, and international development.
The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Planning degree provides students the opportunity to study environmental problems and their solutions from an interdisciplinary perspective involving humanities, natural and social sciences, planning, and public policy. Graduates work in government agencies, nonprofits and the private sector, focusing on planning issues and challenges that affect local, regional, national and international communities. Graduates of the Environmental Planning and Policy degree program work in government agencies, nonprofits and the private sector, focusing on planning issues and challenges that affect local, regional, national and international communities.

Undergraduate Minors

The Environmental Policy and Planning Minor provides a critical interdisciplinary insight into modern environmental concerns.
A minor in Public and Urban Affairs requires completion of 18 credit hours:
UAP 1024: Public Issues in Urban Society
UAP 3014: Urban Policy and Planning
12 hours from approved list of UAP courses
The Real Estate Minor is a vital aspect of educating students for careers in real estate and in the real estate aspects of many facets of modern life. The instructional material is relevant to professionals in a wide range of real estate organizations and program graduates work in public sector agencies and in the private sector in such areas as economic development, urban planning and commercial/residential development.
The Watershed Management Minor provides an interdisciplinary and substantive understanding of watershed science, policy and decision-making. Alumni are prepared for careers in government, nonprofits and private sector organizations that focus on water resources.

Master’s Degrees

The Masters in Urban and Regional Planning degree has a dual objective of training graduates for their first planning job, and more importantly instilling conceptual and critical thinking necessary for lifelong learning and career development. Graduates are able to assume professional responsibilities in a wide variety of positions in public service or in the private sector.
MURP’s Dual Masters degrees, also known as simultaneous degrees, exist between the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) and Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), and Master of Natural Resources degrees (MNR). Dual degrees provide students with the opportunity to master core material in more than one field, allowing them to acquire the flexibility to engage in a wide range of activities within multiple fields and become bridge-builders between them; in fact, many rise to leadership positions because of their multi-disciplinary perspective. If you are interested in this program in Blacksburg, please contact uapvt@vt.edu. If you are interested in this program in Alexandria, please contact UAPAlexandria@vt.edu.

Doctoral Degree

The PhD in Planning, Governance, and Globalization (PGG) draws insights from the social sciences and humanities into the multidimensional study of governance processes in all levels of society and international affairs. The faculty and students work jointly to cultivate their experience, knowledge, and skill with regard to the governance practices, political institutions, social dynamics, cultural values, workplace conditions, spatial formations, historical trends, and ethical conflicts that intersect in the workings of government, business, and not-for-profit organizations. Program graduates work in a range of nonprofit/NGO, public and private organizations at national and international levels.

Certificates

Urban and regional planners need to know how they can develop their economies. The challenge for policymakers, economic developers and urban planners nowadays is to design appropriate local and regional economic development policies and programs to respond to challenges resulting from globalization, technological development, demographic changes, urban decline, sprawl, and social inequities. Virginia Tech’s Graduate Certificate in Economic Development is designed for those who are interested in acquiring a basic understanding of urban and regional economic development dynamics and the role of policy in influencing them.
Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) includes collection and analysis of remotely sensed data, digital spatial and attribute data used by geographic information systems (GIS), and the application of related technologies such as the Global Positioning System (GPS). Geographic Information Science is one of the leading careers in the United States today. As depth of knowledge is important to careers in the industry, this certificate requires 12 hours of geospatial coursework. Coursework is taken from three categories, beginning with introductory topics, and continuing through more advanced and specialized topics as best fits the student’s background and future goals.
The Graduate Certificate in Global Planning and International Development Studies builds on Virginia Tech’s internationally recognized, 30-year specialization in international development planning and an innovative partnership between faculty in programs such as Urban Affairs and Planning, Public Health, Geography, and Building Construction. The certificate seeks to prepare graduate students in multiple disciplines to engage in meaningful global professional leadership and academic positions to systematically tackle and resolve these global planning and development issues.
The Graduate Certificate in Metropolitan Studies is designed for those who are interested in acquiring a basic understanding of metropolitan development dynamics and the role of policy in influencing them. The certificate is part of the Urban Affairs and Planning program’s overall mission to teach students how to understand, analyze, and influence the forces that shape the metropolitan built environment.
Virginia Tech’s School certificate in Nonprofit and NGO Management focuses on the most vital and urgent management challenges for nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations. The certificate is ideal for rising professionals across the globe navigating the complex fiscal, managerial and networked environments of nonprofits and NGOs during a time of significant change. Courses in the certificate also include a focus on leadership, complex management, program evaluation with an emphasis on accountability. All courses seamlessly integrate the domestic and international context.
The management of water resources is a critical issue facing governmental agencies, as well as the private/industrial sector and citizens. The Watershed Management Certificate provides an excellent opportunity for future water and land managers to develop the interdisciplinary skills necessary for meeting these challenges in the field of water resources. This certificate integrates existing programs and courses from five colleges and ten departments at Virginia Tech to provide an interdisciplinary and substantive understanding of watershed science, policy, and decision-making.

Special Programs

The Combined B.A. Architecture/Masters in Urban and Regional Planning degree provides students with the option of earning a professionally-accredited Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree along with the professionally accredited Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) degree. Graduates of the combined degree program are at the nexus of planning and architectural design, crafting solutions to community issues that respond to social, political, economic and spatial challenges.
Located in Old Town Alexandria, the Washington Semester is an eleven-week summer program that provides students the opportunity to acquire professional experience in a governmental agency or other relevant enterprise in the private or nonprofit sector.

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