36 months
21524 USD/year
21524 USD/year
11856 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Geography Ph.D. at Kansas State University is designed to develop and enhance a student’s knowledge and ability to conduct original independent research that makes a scholarly contribution to the student’s areas of specialization. 


The Geography Ph.D. at Kansas State University fosters:

  • an understanding of scientific inquiry
  • knowledge of the structure of the geographic discipline, its history, issues, methods, and trends;
  • proficiency in appropriate analytical and technical skills; and
  • competency in communicating the results of research

800-level course requirement

No more than 6 credit hours of 500-level courses are permitted in a Ph.D. program, but no 500-level geography course may appear in the program of study.

Not more than 6 hours of independent study or other individualized courses should ordinarily appear on the program of study for the doctoral program.  For exceptions to this, the chair of a student’s supervisory committee should write a memo to the Graduate School that accompanies the program of study and explains the reasoning for the exception request.

Non-Geography course requirement

At least three hours must be taken in a department other than geography. Preferably, a course will be taken from a faculty member who will serve as the outside member of the supervisory committee.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Graduate Seminar in Geography 
  • Geographic Thought 
  • Seminar in Rural Geography 
  • Methods, Theory, and Models in Geography
  • Preliminary Exam
  • Defend Dissertation  

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


90 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • All international students admitted to the Graduate School must demonstrate the same level of achievement as U.S. students. That is, they must hold a degree from an established institution comparable to a college or university in the United States, have an outstanding undergraduate record, have the demonstrated ability to do graduate work, and provide evidence of language proficiency sufficient for the pursuit of a graduate degree. Admission may be denied to students from technical schools, which may provide excellent training in special areas, but do not offer degrees equivalent to those of colleges and universities. As a rule, students from abroad are not admitted to nondegree status (that is, as special students). Questions about the qualifications of international students should be directed to the Graduate School.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21524 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21524 USD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    21524 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21524 USD per year during 36 months.
  • In-State

    11856 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11856 USD per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Manhattan

900 - 1400 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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