Ph.D. On Campus


The University of Iowa

24 months
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The Doctor of Philosophy in Geoscience at The University of Iowa is designed primarily to train students to be independent researchers and/or teachers, and to bring students to the forefront of a specialized area of geoscience.


Ph.D. students usually enter the Geoscience program from The University of Iowa with established fields of interest and a research advisor already selected. Under exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted to the Ph.D. program without an established field of interest.

Key Features 

  • The Ph.D. program requires an overall minimum 72 s.h. of graduate credit. Within broad limits, courses selected should reflect the individual needs, interests and talents of the student, and their advisor and advisory committee must approve them. All doctoral candidates must satisfy the degree requirements of the Graduate College.
  • After earning their first 24 s.h. of graduate credit, Ph.D. students must be either (1) enrolled at least two consecutive semesters in full-time study (9 s.h. per semester minimum) at The University of Iowa, or (2) enrolled for a minimum of 6 semester hours in three consecutive semesters during which the student holds at least a one-quarter-time assistantship certified by the department as contributing to the student’s doctoral program.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Evolution and the History of Life 
  • Age of Dinosaurs 
  • The History and Science of Oil
  • Geology of the U.S. National Parks
  • Energy and the Environment 
  • Natural Disasters 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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 completed application form and fee
  • A written statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Supplemental Information Form

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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