PhD in Geography

A faculty of international reputation offers students opportunities to pursue doctoral research. A minimum of 48 graduate credit hours (5000 level or higher) is required, that include  coursework, the comprehensive examination (written and oral components), dissertation proposal, dissertation hours, and dissertation defense. The deadline for Fall 2018 admission is now CLOSED. Window will reopen for Spring 2019 admission on August 1, 2018 and close October 31, 2018 (click here to apply). Please note, FSU Admission is sufficient, there are no supplementary Departmental forms – make sure the following are submitted: personal statement, CV, university transcripts, writing sample, GRE scores and TOEFL scores (if international), and three letters of recommendation (note, recommenders are requested from student after application started). If accepted to program the minimum qualifications to be considered for admission and automatic funding support are: (i) bachelors degree and GPA over 3.0 and (ii) GRE of at least 144 (Quant) and 153 (Verbal). Applications from students with lower GPA and GRE scores may also be accepted, but funding may not be available. Students with degrees from ALL subjects are considered equally. Applications from students from the State of Florida, from the rest of the USA, and from the rest of the world are considered EQUALLY. Current funding for qualified students is $17,687 per year plus all tuition credits (students are liable for FSU fees).

Students must attain at least a B in required classes, and B- in electives. List of required classes:

GEO5058 Survey of Geographic Thought (3 credits) Fall Semester Year 1

GEO5118C Geographic Research (3 credits) Fall Semester Year 2

GEO5165C Quantitative Geography (3 credits) OR GEO5934 Qualitative Geography (3 credits) Fall/Spring Semester Year 1

GEO6093 Professional Development Geography (3 credits) Spring Semester Year 2 or 3

For more information contact Graduate Program Director: Victor Mesev ( 850-645-2498

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