Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Concentration: Geography and GIS

The PhD in Geography Concentration provides advanced knowledge about the latest theories in the field of GIS such as GIS modeling, internet/mobile GIS, and GIS & accuracy assessment. The concentration offers a chance for graduates to be equipped with knowledge and skills that are necessary in the vibrant GIS field. Upon completion of the concentration students will be able to debate complex geographical issues utilizing GIS tools, assess web-based GIS maps, and adopt Quality Assurance/ Quality Control (QA/QC) in GIS projects.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Will demonstrate the breadth of knowledge in the discipline and advance, in-depth knowledge in the sub-discipline or area of specialization.
  • Will have performed and defended an original work of research in their fields of specialization which contributed new human knowledge.
  • Will be able to identify, analyze critically and explain open problems in their disciplines and apply relevant research methodology for finding a possible solution.
  • Will be able to communicate the major tenets of their field of specialization and their work orally and in writing to the faculty, their peers, and the lay public.
  • Will be able to identify areas where ethical issues may arise in their field, and articulate strategies to mitigate situations related to ethical issues in their profession.
  • Will demonstrate an insight into the transferable nature of research skills to other work environments and the range of career opportunities available to them inside and outside academia.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 60 hours

Program Requirements:

Part 1: General Requirements (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CHSS700Research Methods and Ethics3.000
CHSS702Critical Reading and Writing3.000

Part 2: Concentration Requirements (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEOG703Geographic Information Systems3.000
GEOG708GIS Modeling3.000
GEOG709Internet and Mobile GIS3.000
GEOG710GIS & Accuracy Assessment3.000

Part 3: Elective Requirements (Any 12 credits of the following courses:) (12.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEOG601Topics in Urban Geography3.000
GEOG602Special Topics in Physical Geography3.000
GEOG603Advanced Topics in Remote Sensing3.000
GEOG604Advances in Environmental Change Studies3.000
GEOG605Topics in Economic Geography3.000
GEOG606Topics in Climatology3.000

Part 4: Qualification Requirements (0.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEOG800Comprehensive Examination0.000
GEOG810Research Proposal0.000

Part 5: Research Requirements (30.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEOG900Dissertation Research  10.000
GEOG910Dissertation Defense0.000
1 : Min CH:0 and Max CH:9