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Geographic Information Science, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
    Duration
University rank #1001 (WUR) , TX,
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 Doctoral program, a student must have completed a Master’s Degree in Geography or in a related discipline.

About

Each doctoral student will have her/his program tailored to meet the academic goals agreed upon in consultation with the Ph.D. research 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.

Educational Goal

The educational goal of the program is 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Advanced Geographic Research Design
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods in Geography
  • Nature and Philosophy of Geography
  • Technical Foundations and Methods in Geographic Information Science

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    78

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General Requirements

  • completed online application
  • $55 nonrefundable application fee or $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials
  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • master's degree in geography or a related field from a regionally accredited university
  • official transcripts from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.5 GPA in all completed graduate course work
  • completion of a master's thesis or demonstrated evidence of scholarly research and writing
  • official GRE (general test only) with competitive scores in the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections
  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose 
  • three letters of recommendatio

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15440 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15440 USD per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    15440 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15440 USD per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • In-State

    7880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7880 USD per year and a duration of 18 months.
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Living costs for San Marcos

  • 921 - 1710 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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