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.
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