TBE Specialization

The PhD program is an 84-credit hour degree program. Since all students who enter the program will hold a Master’s degree, they may be credited (transfer) up to 32 credits hours toward the total credit hours required for the PhD. Hence the minimum credit hours of PhD study while at IIT is 52 credit hours, usually completed in three-and-a-half to four years beyond the Master’s degree. The majority of the coursework will be selected from the curriculum within the College of Architecture, though students are encouraged to find connections to other doctoral programs at the university.

Below are the required courses for the Technologies of the Built Environment (TBE) specialization which will include 9 credit hours of core courses; 19 credit hours of electives, depending on the student’s dissertation research interests; and 24 credit hours of doctoral research courses (ARCH 691). 

1st Year Fall

ARCH 500 (3 credits)
Global Modernism
ARCH 595 (0 credits)
Research in Progress Forum
ARCH 601 (3 credits)
Doctoral Methodology Pre-Seminar
TBE elective
Technology of the Built Environment Elective

1st Year Spring

ARCH 501 (3 credits)
Contemporary Architecture
ARCH 595 (0 credits)
Research in Progress Forum
ARCH 597
Special Problems
TBE elective
Technology of the Built Environment Elective

2nd Year Fall

ARCH 502 (3 credits)
Advanced Topics in History & Theory I
ARCH 595 (0 credits)
Research in Progress Forum
ARCH 602 (3 credits)
Crafting a Dissertation
TBE elective
Technology of the Built Environment Elective

2nd Year Spring

ARCH 503 (3 credits)
Advanced Topics in History & Theory II
ARCH 595 (0 credits)
Research in Progress Forum
ARCH 597
Special Problems
ARCH 602 (3 credits)
Crafting a Dissertation
TBE elective
Technology of the Built Environment Elective

3rd Year Fall

ARCH 691
Doctoral Research

3rd Year Spring

ARCH 691
Doctoral Research

4th Year Fall

ARCH 691
Doctoral Research

4th Year Spring

ARCH 691
Doctoral Research