Geological Sciences (PhD)

Rocks, geology, minerals, organic

Program Description
Degree Awarded: PHD  Geological Sciences

The PhD in geological sciences program is designed to develop creative scholarship and to prepare students for professional careers in geological science fields such as geochemistry, geology, geophysics, planetary geology and related areas.

Degree Requirements

84 credit hours, a written comprehensive exam, an oral comprehensive exam, a prospectus and a dissertation

Students may be admitted into the program with a bachelor's or master's in a related field. Up to 30 credit hours of master's-level work in a related field can be accepted toward the fulfillment of the doctoral requirements.

The plan of study for the doctorate is selected with the recommendation of the student's supervisory committee. Each plan of study must include 12 credit hours of dissertation and 25 hours of course work. All students in the School of Earth and Space Exploration are also required to take two seminars:

GLG 500 SESE Colloquium (1)
GLG 591 Faculty Research Seminar (1)

ASU Graduate Education policies and procedures must also be met for admission into the program and for fulfilling the degree requirements.

Comprehensive Examination: Doctoral candidacy is earned on the basis of a written component and an oral component. The written examination is in the form of two written research projects. The oral exam consists of an oral defense of the two projects.

Dissertation Requirements: A dissertation is required that is based on original work demonstrating creativity in research and scholarly proficiency in the subject area.

Final Examination: A final oral examination in defense of the dissertation is required.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must submit:

  1. online Graduate Education application
  2. scores on the GRE
  3. statement of purpose
  4. three letters of recommendation

Please see the program website for application deadlines.

Applicants whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

Applicants must fulfill both the requirements of Graduate Education and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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