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Geography PhD, MA, MS

Life Sciences

Math & Data Sciences

Physical Sciences

Social & Behavioral Sciences


The department offers programs leading to the Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Geography.  Each graduate degree is highly individualized.  A student works closely with their advisory committee to design and complete the graduate degree in physical geography, human geography, or coupled human-environment systems.

In physical geography, the Department has a long tradition focusing on climatology, especially physical, synoptic, dynamic climatology, and all phases of water budget cycling. In addition, emphasis is placed on land surface processes, especially glacial and alpine environments, sea-ice dynamics, hydrology and ecosystem linkages.   Human Geography covers a broad range of environmental themes approached from cultural-historical, socio-economic and political perspectives.  Coupled human-environment systems examines linkages and processes between the biophysical environment and human societies with emphasis in environmental governance, conflicts over increasingly scarce resources, and human dimensions of climate change. Interdisciplinary work is encouraged from across the university and in collaborations with local, national, and international partners.

UD Tuition:

The 2020-2021 UD published graduate student tuition rate per credit hour:

Geography–MA: $1,898.00

Geography–MS: $1,898.00

Geography–PHD: $1,898.00


Application Deadline:

January-05 Priority consideration for admission and funding
July-01: Final deadline to apply

For the MA and MS only, Spring Applications are accepted with the final deadline of December 1.

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College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

Estella Atekwana, Dean

Tracy DeLiberty,
Department Chair

Tracy DeLiberty,
Graduate Director

Kelli Kerbawy,
Assistant Dean of Graduate Services



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