Doctor of Philosophy in Geography

Work leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Geography is designed to give candidates a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of their professional field (physical, human, human-environment) and training in methods of research that will provide the student the necessary intellectual and technical foundation to solve geographical problems across multiple spatial scales. Skills obtained by graduates from this degree program will allow the graduate to obtain geographic data from multiple sources, use geospatial methods and technologies to analyze the data, synthesize information from multiple sources in geographic domain, communicate information effectively, apply critical thinking and demonstrate proficiency in using appropriate geographic geospatial methods and technologies, use appropriate technologies to communicate, collaborate, and conduct research and solve problems, and choose ethical courses of action in research and practice.

The final basis for granting the degree shall be the candidate’s grasp of the subject matter of a broad field of study and a demonstrated ability to do independent research. In addition, the candidate must have acquired the ability to express thoughts clearly and forcefully in both oral and written languages. The degree is not granted solely for the completion of coursework, residence and technical requirements, although these must be met.

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