The PhD in geography enables students to advance both the breadth and depth of their knowledge of geographic concepts and methodologies. PhD students choose one of three sub-fields in which to specialize: Urban Planning, Transportation and Regional Economic Development; Earth Science and Natural Resource Management; or Geographic Information Science.
The degree culminates in one of two projects: the traditional dissertation or three papers of publishable quality.
- PhD students are closely mentored by award-winning faculty who are world-renowned researchers in their fields.
- Students have access to modern geographic technology, including an oversized cartographic plotter, GPS equipment, and computers with industry-standard software programs like Arc/Info, ArcView, ERDAS Imagine, ArcGIS, Surfer, AtlasGIS, MapInfo, and ER Mapper.
- State-of-the-art laboratories – like the Geomorphology and Weather and Climate Lab and the Regolith Analysis Laboratory – offer in-depth geographic analysis using the latest precision instruments.
- UNC Greensboro is ranked as one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to the Princeton Review (2020).
THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE
- Students work directly with a faculty advisor to undertake their research project(s) and plan major due dates.
- Competitive funding packages are available including teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and graduate school fellowships.
- The degree culminates in one of two projects: the traditional dissertation or three papers of publishable quality.
- Graduate students attend professional conferences and colloquiums and are encouraged to present and/or publish their theses and dissertations.
- Recent graduates of the Geography PhD program boast a high placement rate in tenure-stream faculty positions across the country.
APPLY TO Geography, Ph.D.
Minimum requirements to be considered for admission include:
- 36 hours of undergraduate work in geography or an allied discipline.
- Acceptable scores on the GRE exam.
- Three strong letters of recommendation.
- A personal statement that summarizes your background and interests in pursuing an advanced degree in geography.
Applicants are also encouraged to submit a writing sample (i.e., publication, research paper written for class, report relevant to your professional activities) that demonstrates their writing ability.
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