Geographical Sciences, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

For those entering with a Master's degree in Geography, the PhD should be completed withing 4 years; For those entering with Bachelor's or without a Geography background, the PhD should be completed within 5 years. Part-time study takes longer, but at least 1 year full-time attendance is required. Students entering with a B.A. or without a Geography background will take one course each in the following areas: Human, Physical, and Methods. See the PhD Handbook for further details.

Doctoral students are required to complete a set of coursework and dissertation research. In addition, students must pass a portfolio assessment. Students without a Geography background should complete an additional 9 credits in the following areas:

  • Environmental and Biological Aspects of Earth Systems Science,
  • Human Dimensions of Global Change, and
  • Geospatial Information Sciences.
Course Title Credits
Required courses:
GEOG601The Nature and Practice of Science3
GEOG606Quantitative Spatial Analysis3
or GEOG636 Qualitative Methods in Geography
GEOG608Comprehensive Portfolio Assessment Summary1-3
GEOG788Selected Topics in Geography (GEOG788D - Selected Topics in Geography)3
GEOG798Selected Topics in Geography: Seminar Series2
Pass a portfolio assessment
Dissertation Research Requirements
GEOG899Doctoral Dissertation Research12
Total Credits24-26