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Geophysics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #353 (QS) , UT,
The Ph.D. program in Geophysics prepares students for a professional career in basic research or higher education with an emphasis on the use of geophysical methods to answer earth science questions. The Ph.D. degree is the standard level of preparation for academic careers in geophysics and for geophysical careers in the private sector and public service that emphasize original research.  

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Learning Outcomes

  • Mastery of geophysical knowledge and skills that permits success as a professional geophysicist in academia, industry or public service.
  • Completion of a major body of original geophysical research, the results of which are published in peer-reviewed professional venues.
  • Proficiency in accessing and utilizing the professional scientific literature.
  • 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.

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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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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
      Living Costs

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