PhD in Geography

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PhD in Geography is an internationally-respected program designed to provide students with the methodological skills and theoretical perspectives necessary for undertaking independent, analytical research. Faculty and students collaborate to investigate critical issues dealing with society, geospatial inquiry, and the physical environment.

Requirements for Admissions:
Students with degrees from ALL subjects are considered; no prior Geography or GIS classes or experience is required. Applications from students from the State of Florida, from the rest of the USA, and from the rest of the world are considered EQUALLY.

Program Requirements:
Please click here for program requirements. 

Connecting with Faculty:
Students 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.

Full financial support is available for qualified students. Funding is approximately $18,000 per year (fall and spring) plus a 9 hours tuition waiver (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. Funding is conditional on good scholastic standing and available Departmental resources.

Qualifications for funding are:

  1. Undergraduate degree and GPA over 3.0
  2. GRE Scores of at least 144 (Quant) and 153 (Verbal). Students with lower GPA and GRE scores may also be accepted to the program.

One OFFICIAL copy of your transcripts from each undergraduate and/or graduate school you have attended. Transcripts must not be “Issued To Student.”

  • Mail transcripts to:
    • The Florida State University
      Office of Admissions
      282 Champions Way
      P.O. Box 3062400
      Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400
  • Electronic transcripts to:

GRE Scores:
The GRE is NOT waived for this program at this time. 
It is recommended to have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher and GRE scores of at least 144 (Quant) and 153 (Verbal).  However, Applications from students with lower GPA and GRE scores may also be accepted to the program.

Writing Sample:
Please upload one sample of academic writing. Appropriate writing samples include: a chapter from a master’s thesis or undergraduate honor’s thesis; a first-author journal article (published, in review, or submitted); or a course paper, ideally from a relevant subject area.

Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages, single spaced):

Please describe the following:

1.) What research topic(s) would you be interested in exploring through graduate studies? What motivates your interest in exploring this topic and doing a graduate degree in Geography at FSU? Why is this topic important and deserving of scholarly attention? How does this program of study advance your career interests?

2.) What previous experiences have prepared you to succeed as a graduate student and conduct research in this area? You may reference relevant academic, professional, and personal experiences. If relevant, feel free to discuss obstacles or hardships that you had to overcome in order to succeed, and how you surmounted these obstacles.

3) How would the Geography graduate program at FSU support you to conduct this research? Which faculty members could supervise your research? What other faculty in the department have complementary expertise that could support the development of your thinking?

Letters of Recommendation:
Three letters of recommendation. The letters should be from faculty and/or employers familiar with your academic, research, or professional experience.  This may include but is not limited to education, work, volunteer, and/or internship experiences.

English Language Proficiency:
Official English Language Proficiency results are required of all international applicants whose native language is not English OR who have not completed a Master’s Degree in an English speaking Country. Minimum scores required for admission can be found here.
*Applications are unable to be reviewed and will be cancelled if the minimum requirements are not met.

  • SPEAK Test: Accepted international students seeking teaching assistantships who have not completed a Master’s in an English speaking country are required to pass the SPEAK test, regardless of their TOEFL score.

Admissions Deadlines
Fall 2020: Admission is now closed. 
Spring 2021: Admission will open August 1st. Deadline to apply is October 1st

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