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Curriculum

The curriculum of a DDes student is highly customized, there are no two students with the same course choices or research approach. Therefore, the curriculum and its selection of courses are rarely based on precedents, as students strategically and efficiently select courses that will suit and complement their research focus and their academic needs. The multiplicity of disciplines engaged through the GSD and Harvard course offerings reflects the diversity of interests embraced by the program. Selection of courses is usually approved by the advisor before registration.

 

Options for Courses

Students may take classes from the GSD course offerings, at any Harvard graduate school and also at MIT through cross-registration. 

Required Courses

There are several required courses during the program that create the core content for the student's completion of credit requirements:

First Year

A proposal for the doctoral thesis is required after the first year of studies, and a general examination (based primarily on that proposal) must be passed before the third semester of studies. The thesis commitee is also selected.

DDes proseminar: GSD 9691: Doctoral Program Proseminar
Peter Rowe

Department of Architecture
Department of Landscape Architecture

Thesis Proposal: GSD 9503: Preparation of Doctoral Thesis Proposal
Department of Architecture
Independent Study

Under faculty guidance, the student conducts a reading program and formulates a thesis proposal. The course is intended for doctoral students.

Second Year
The candidate prepares his/her doctoral dissertation under the direction of the thesis committee and holds regular meetings with the committee.

Thesis Preparation - course: GSD 9504: Thesis in Satisfaction of the Degree Doctor of Design
Department of Architecture
Independent Study

Under guidance of a faculty committee, the student conducts investigations and prepares a doctoral thesis.

The completed dissertation must be defended and accepted unanimously by the thesis committee.

Thesis Preparation - course: GSD 9506: Thesis in Satisfaction of the Degree Doctor of Design
Department of Architecture
Independent Study

Under guidance of a faculty committee, the student conducts investigations and prepares a doctoral thesis.

MIT's Course Catalog

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