The Ph.D. in Geography is an innovative program centered on the research-oriented application of geographical concepts and theories to the solving of real-world problems. The program requires 45-54 credit hours.
For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.
In addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School, applicants must submit a 250-500 word personal statement.
Degree Program Requirements
Required: 45-54 credit hours
At least 27 of the 33 credits in required core and cluster courses (excluding dissertation) must be at the 600 level or higher. Up to 9 credits of course work may be transferred from another institution on approval of the department.
|Required Core Courses (9 credits)|
|GES 701||History of Geographic Thought||3|
|GES 702||Research Design||3|
|GES 720||Advanced Spatial Analysis||3|
|Courses Required from Geography Clusters (24 credits)|
|Select 24 credits from courses in the three geography clusters in the program *||24|
|Dissertation (12-21 credits)|
|GES 799||Doctoral Dissertation Research||12-21|
|Total Credit Hours||45-54|
These three clusters are:
Students are required to complete two courses in each of the three clusters and an additional two courses related to the dissertation research cluster.
- Diagnostic Exam
- Residency (Immersion)
- Plan of Study
- Research Competency
- Comprehensive Exam (Written & Oral)
- Dissertation Proposal
- Admission to Candidacy
- Dissertation Defense
- Filing the Final Approved Dissertation
General information about milestones for doctoral programs is available in Section III of the Graduate Policies page in the University Catalog. For information about how milestones are accomplished for a specific program, please refer to the doctoral program's handbook.