Ph.D. On Campus


The University of Iowa

48 months
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The Doctor of Philosophy program in Geography at The University of Iowa focuses on investigating the environmental consequences of human decisions, the social implications of environmental change, and the geographic information science that enables these studies. 


Central to the department's studies are the theories, methods, and models of environmental, social, and geographic information science. Within this broad domain, the department has strengths in environmental justice, environmental modeling, GIScience and GIS, land use and its environmental consequences, urban ecology, sustainability, climatology, and health geography.

The department provides opportunities for graduate students to gain practical experience through service as departmental teaching or research assistants. 

Career Advancement

  • The Doctor of Philosophy program prepares students to carry on creative and productive research in selected areas of geography. University of Iowa graduates hold positions on college and university faculties, in private research organizations, and in business and government.
  • Geography majors at The University of Iowa are encouraged to participate in an internship. The department maintains close ties with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and other local agencies that offer internships.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Fundamentals of Geography
  • Research and Writing in Geography
  • Geography Colloquium 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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72 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor's degree with a major in geography is not required, but applicants must have an undergraduate background relevant to the field. Strength in social science, environmental science, or geographic information science and interest in exploring the spatial perspectives that characterize modern geography are important in admission decisions. 
  • Depending on their prior training, graduate students may be required to take courses that are prerequisites for coursework in their chosen area of graduate study; credit earned in prerequisites does not count toward the graduate degree.
  • Application materials should include an undergraduate transcript with grade-point average, scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test, three letters of recommendation, and an essay in which applicants state their reasons for wanting to study geography at the University of Iowa.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Iowa City

1187 - 1841 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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