University of Wisconsin–Madison

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 for the PhD-Geography are detailed here. Please note that significant requirement changes went into effect for students beginning the program in Fall 2014. This document includes details for students who began BEFORE Fall 2014 and AFTER Fall 2014. Be sure to pay attention to which requirements apply.