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Geology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #353 (QS) , UT,
The Ph.D. program in geology prepares students for careers in basic research and higher education. The Ph.D. is the standard level of preparation for academic careers in geology, and for careers in the private sector and public service that emphasize original research.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Mastery of geology sufficient to succeed for a professional career in basic research, in either academia, industry or public service.
  • Completion of a major body of original geologic research, the results of which are published in peer-reviewed professional venues.
  • Proficiency in accessing and utilizing the professional scientific literature.
  • Proficiency in oral and written communication of scientific results.
  • Thorough understanding of the origin and composition of the geologic materials that make up the Earth.
  • Thorough understanding of the dynamic geologic processes that operate within the Earth’s interior and on its surface.
  • Thorough understanding of geologic time, in both relative and absolute terms, and how geologic time is measured.
  • Thorough understanding of the evolution of the Earth and of the evolution of life on Earth.
  • Ability to use principles of mathematics, chemistry, biology and physics to solve geologic problems.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Graduation Requirements
  • Successfully complete three years (six semesters) or more of approved graduate-level course work and dissertation research
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Pass the Doctoral Qualifying Examination before the end of the second year of the program
  • Complete a dissertation that demonstrates independent research and contributes significantly toward a better understanding of geology, geophysics, or geological engineering
  • Successfully defend the dissertation at a final oral examination

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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General Requirements

    An applicant for admission to The Graduate School must meet the following minimum requirements:An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, based on all undergraduate work. If the undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, a GPA will be calculated on the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of the undergraduate work for admission consideration;
      Meeting the academic department’s admission standards, and receiving a recommendation for admission to their graduate program.

      Tuition Fee

      • International

        30371 USD/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 30371 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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      Living costs for Salt Lake City

      • 1000 - 1730 USD/month
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