765 USD/credit 35190 USD/full
765 USD/credit 35190 USD/full
357 USD/credit 16422 USD/full
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Faculty has been recognized nationally and internationally for its research, mentoring, and teaching accomplishments. Working closely with dedicated faculty, students of the Geography program from Texas State University embark on their own academic journey through research projects, academic publications, and department-sponsored conference participations.


The department hosts or plays key roles in several international, national, and university-wide centers.

The curriculum provides depth and breadth of knowledge in the theories and research methods of geography.

Program Mission

The mission of the Geography program from Texas State University is to offer students educational experiences of the highest quality and to conduct meaningful and vital research. The department is committed to outstanding teaching and scholarly activities within the framework of academic freedom and the diversity of ideas and is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and to public service. The department stresses the theoretical and applied realms of geography in all of its curriculum, leads the discipline with innovative applied work, and actively seeks to recruit top students nationally and internationally.

Career Options

Geography doctoral students are successful scholars who actively participate in professional conferences, meetings, and workshops, and publish in top-tier journals in the field. Alumni of Texas State geography Ph.D. programs are in tenured and tenure-track academic positions, pursue careers in the private or public sectors, or work in research centers in the United States and internationally.

Programme Structure

  • The Ph.D. program in geography is designed to provide depth and breadth of knowledge in the field’s theoretical foundations and research methods. 
  • Students complete 31 credit hours of graduate course work, including core, skills, and elective courses, and 15 credit hours of dissertation research and writing. 
  • Graduate courses are available at the intermediate and advanced levels in a broad range of human and physical geography topics and in environmental geography. Faculty advisors work individually with each student to develop a tailored course plan that meets the student’s educational and career goals.

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General requirements

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • master's degree in geography or a related field from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript 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) required with competitive scores in the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections
  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose explaining your reasons for pursuing doctoral study and your academic professional interests and goals
  • three letters of recommendation demonstrating adequate subject preparation in content and quality as reflected in your transcripts

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35190 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 765 USD per credit
  • National

    35190 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 765 USD per credit
  • In-State

    16422 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 357 USD per credit

Living costs for San Marcos

921 - 1707 USD /month
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