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The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Geoscience at University of Nevada, Las Vegas is designed to prepare students for demanding research-oriented careers in academia, government service, private consulting, and industry.

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Working closely with their advisor, students focus on original research in one of three emphasis areas: geology, hydrology, or soil science. Research expectations are high; students are expected to develop original lines of research that will lead to three or more original manuscripts that are suitable for submission to a refereed scientific journal. 

Students in the Geoscience program at University of Nevada, Las Vegas  are expected to have strong content knowledge in their area of emphasis and three additional sub-disciplines of the geological sciences. Fundamental knowledge levels are tested first in a diagnostic exam that is used to guide coursework taken by the student, and then later in a comprehensive exam.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to define a research problem by identifying questions and formulating tests of hypotheses.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of scientific ethics.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of scientific literature for work relevant to research projects.
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct field and laboratory research related to dissertation projects.
  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge on the subjects closely related to the field of specialization.
  • Demonstrate the ability to do original and creative research.

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Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor's or Master's degree in Geoscience or an appropriate related field.
  • A successful applicant should have overall grade point average (GPA) higher than 3.0, unless other evidence indicates that the applicant will be successful in the graduate program.
  • For international applicants whose native language is not English, a proof of English proficiency is required.
  • In order to be admitted without conditions the applicant should have completed an introductory geology class and six of the following eight classes (or their equivalents): mineralogy, geochemistry, geomorphology, structural geology, igneous and metamorphic petrology, paleontology, field geology, and sedimentology/stratigraphy.

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Living costs for Las Vegas

880 - 1430 USD /month
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