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Geographic Education

Ph.D. Program Director
Dr. F. Benjamin Zhan
fz01@txstate.edu
512.245.8846
Evans, Room 319

Geography faculty have been recognized nationally and internationally for both stellar teaching and outstanding research. The department plays key roles in a number of university-wide centers including the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, the Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education and the Texas Center for Geographic Information Science.

Degree Course Work Dissertation Total Hours
Ph.D. 31 hours 15 hours 46 hours

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority January 15 January 15
Fall - Standard May 1 April 15
Spring No Admission No Admission
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

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Application Fee(s)

  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international credential fee (if applicable)

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Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • master's degree in geography or a related field from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.5 GPA in all completed graduate course work
  • completion of a master's thesis or demonstrated evidence of scholarly research and writing

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GRE Scores

  • official GRE (general test only) scores required with a preferred minimum of 303 (verbal and quantitative sections combined)

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Documents

  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose explaining your reasons for pursuing doctoral study and your academic professional interests and goals
  • three letters of recommendation demonstrating adequate subject preparation in content and quality as reflected in your transcripts

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TOEFL or IELTS Scores

Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

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