Geography, Ph.D.

Form the big picture.

As the importance of geographic information science and spatial analysis continues to grow, so does the need for professionals with advanced research skills and knowledge of the analytical techniques and technologies used in the field.

As a graduate student in this program, you will learn how to use GIS and other geospatial information technologies and analytical tools to solve complex global problems. You will also study areas like remote sensing, statistical and mathematical modeling, geographic-computational models, network and spatial analysis, and quantifying and modeling.

Students in this program work alongside faculty on leading research to explore geography as it relates to climate change and the global environmental system, social and political systems, physical and social changes in our planet, and much more.

This degree could be a good fit if you:

  • Have experience using geospatial information technologies
  • Want to pursue a management-level policy, planning or research-oriented position in geographic information science
  • Want to lead research in the field
  • Are interested in geography and related disciplines like natural resource management, geology, engineering, planning and business marketing

With this degree, you could become a/an:

  • Geographic information consultant
  • Urban planner
  • Community planner
  • Transportation planner
  • Hazard mitigation analyst
  • Climate change adaptation specialist
  • Land and water management
  • Government agency administrator
  • Professor/teacher

Available On-Campus