Doctor of Philosophy in Geography

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is founded primarily upon specialized advance training and research. Students normally specialize in a single sub-disciplinary area and are expected to engage in research leading to a dissertation that makes an original and significant contribution to geographic knowledge and ideas.

Formal requirements include: completion of departmental course requirements, a skills package, and a minor. Students must also pass two qualifying exams (one general and one specific), defend a dissertation proposal, and write and defend a dissertation. The dissertation should make a significant and original contribution to geographic research.

Incoming Ph.D. students should already have earned a Master's degree and must provide evidence of the successful completion of the Master's degree to the Graduate Director by the end of the first semester in residence.

Degree requirements:


Maintain GPA = 3.0

Breadth Requirements – one course in each of:

Course Requirements:

Skills (4 options)

Skills coursework should be approved in advance by the Ph.D. thesis advisor.

Preliminary or Qualifying Exams (completion advances student to "Dissertator" status)

Advisor and Committee