PhD in Geography

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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 includes: coursework, the comprehensive examination (written and oral components), dissertation proposal, dissertation hours, and dissertation defense. Window for FALL 2019 admission is now CLOSED. It will reopen for Spring 2020 admission on August 1, 2019.

To apply click here. Please note, FSU Admission is sufficient, and 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, referees are requested from student after application started). Students considering applying to the Ph.D. [Masters] program in Geography are strongly encouraged to identify and make contact with 1-2 prospective faculty members that would serve as supervisors for the duration of their graduate program. A good research fit between advisor and advisee is the cornerstone of a successful graduate experience, so communications between prospective students and advisors should be initiated well before the application deadline. If accepted to program the minimum qualifications to be considered for admission and 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 $18,014 per year (fall and spring) plus all tuition credit hours (with a possibility of summer teaching for an additional $2,500). Students are liable for FSU fees. Funding for students with a master’s degree is for 4 years, and 5 years for students without a master’s degree. In both cases, funding is conditional on good scholastic standing and available Departmental resources.

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) Fall Semester Year 1 OR GEO6113 Qualitative Geography (3 credits) 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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