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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geography (PhD)

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Requirements for the PhD Degree

The Geography Ph.D. degree is a research degree and focuses on specialization and independent scholarship built upon a foundation of geographic knowledge and training. Ph.D. students are expected to obtain an in-depth knowledge of two areas consistent with their emphasis in physical geography, human geography, or human-environmental systems. One of these must be a recognized topical sub-field in the discipline; the other area is methodological, such as statistical methods, mathematical modeling, geographic information science, archival research, or qualitative analysis.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is awarded chiefly in recognition of high attainment and ability in a specific subfield of geography. This attainment and ability are demonstrated by passing the required examinations covering both a candidate’s general and special subfields, and by preparing and successfully defending a dissertation based on original research that makes a significant contribution to knowledge in the student’s field.

More description of the Ph.D. program can be obtained online at Geography’s website or by contacting the Geography Department.

Last Revised 2014-2015 Academic Year

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