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Teaching (TA) and Research (RA) Assistantships are available but not distributed by the PhD program. Research assistantships depend on the availability of funding(s) provided by the advisor and/or the committee members of the candidate. Teaching assistantships depend on the needs of the departments and qualifications of the candidate. TA positions can only be assigned by the department chairs. The PhD program is not a conduit for such arrangements. 


If you are looking to live nearby, student housing is an option that is convenient, affordable and near campus. 


The Auraria Library is a tri-institutional academic library serving CU Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver and the Community College of Denver, with nearly 1 million print books, 130,000 e-books, 44,000 e-journals and 300 databases. 

Use your CU Denver Student ID to check out books from the Auraria Library, which has access to additional materials in Colorado and across the country through interlibrary loans. Patrons can also use Prospector, a global catalog of 16 academic and public libraries with over 13 million listings. With a single search you can identify materials and have them delivered free to your local library within a few days.


PhD Program and CAP

The PhD program offers a variety of financial aid opportunities to graduate students. Most types of financial assistance at the graduate level are merit-based rather than need-based. Because of the ongoing academic and research activities, Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) positions may be available. 

GRA positions are offered based on externally funded faculty research. The decision to offer a GRA position is made by the Principal Investigator (PI) directing a research project, for any duration that the PI sees as appropriate, whether renewable or not.

In addition, a number of Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) positions are funded by the undergraduate and graduate departments in the College of Architecture and Planning. These are determined based on the needs of those departments and the qualifications of the candidates. GTA positions are offered at the discretion of the Department Chair via coordination with the PhD Program Director on a per-semester basis.

The Graduate School, CU Denver

The Graduate School provides up to $500/year to help defray the expenses incurred by a PhD student who attends a national meeting and presents his/her work. The $500 can be used to help defray the costs of registration, travel, lodging, food, etc. Funds are distributed once travel is complete and receipts have been submitted for reimbursement.


Your student fees include a Smartcard for CU Denver students. This card provides unlimited rides all day, every day across the entire service area via a reusable, plastic card that contains a chip that validates your ride on RTD buses and light rail. The card also includes a discount on SkyRide service to the Denver International Airport.Visit the Auraria Transportation website or contact Cathy Decker with Auraria Parking & Transportation at 303.556.2005 or via email  


When registering for your courses as a PhD student you may take courses in both Denver and Boulder.  In order to take a course in Boulder, you must be registered for at LEAST one credit hour in Denver.

Registration for Denver classes is completed online, with the exception of Independent Studies and Doctoral Thesis credits, which require a special processing form. Visit the Registration website for forms and answers to your registation questions.


The University will only use your CU Denver assigned e-mail account for email communications. Faculty and administration will use your official CU Denver assigned address when corresponding with you via email.  Examples of important communications that you may receive through your official email address include:

•           Invitations to register

•           Responses to your inquiries about registration, admissions, records, and financial aid

•           Information and authorization/verification requests for COF, legal presence issues

•           Messages from faculty regarding coursework

•           Notices of scholarship, educational, and financial aid opportunities and deadlines

It is expected that official email will be read by students in a timely fashion. 

For more information about student email, visit the Denver Campus Student Email Accounts website.


Find answers to most questions in the PhD Program Handbook​  or on the Graduate School website.


Dr. Jody Beck
Director of PhD Program and Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture​

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