Starting in Fall 2015 students wishing to apply to the PhD program can choose between three PhD programs: Geographic Education, Geographic Information Science, and Geography. The PhD program in Geography replaces the current PhD program in Environmental Geography. The name change was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board effective January 8, 2015.
The course curriculum for the doctoral degree is designed to provide depth and breadth of knowledge in geographic theory and research methods. To be admitted to the geography program, a student must have completed a master's degree in geography or a related discipline.
Each doctoral student will have her/his program tailored to meet the academic goals agreed upon in consultation with the PhD advisor, with the approval of the graduate program coordinator, the department chair, and the dean of the Graduate College. All programs will include the necessary core, skills, specialization, and internal and external elective courses.
PhD students must complete a minimum of 31 hours of graduate course work and a minimum of 15 hours of dissertation research and writing credit.
PhD Educational Goals:
To provide a Ph.D. in geography through which students will be educated in the process of geographic research, the development of new knowledge, and the application of this research and knowledge to solve problems with spatial dimensions.
PhD Program Objectives:
1. to graduate PhD's in geography who will conduct vital research and serve the needs and interests of Texas and
2. to offer a clear alternative to the nature and scope of geography PhD programs in Texas by building on the
inherent strengths of the department's existing faculty and programs in environmental geography and geographic education
3. to employ the latest analytical technologies in scholarly research and in the solution of geographic problems
The PhD offers three academic programs:
1. Geography - Environmental Geography
2. Geography - Geographic Education
3. Geography - GIScience
Each program will be tailored for individual student academic goals within a framework of general curriculum requirements and will be well supported by faculty pedagogy and scholarship.
Please address questions regarding these degree programs to:
Graduate Program Coordinator