The mission of the PhD in geospatial information sciences degree program is to cultivate innovative researchers capable of advancing the frontiers of knowledge in the geospatial information sciences through improved theories, new technologies, innovative methodologies, sophisticated quantitative analyses and integrative applications.
Jointly offered by the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, this unique program reflects geospatial information science’s origins at the confluence of work in multiple disciplines including geography, computer science, engineering, geology and various social, policy and applied sciences.
School: School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
Program: Geospatial Information Sciences
Catalog page: PhD
Degree requirements: Bachelor's, master of arts, master of science or professional master's level degree in any field relevant to geospatial information science including, but not limited to, computer science, economics, engineering, geography, geology, management information systems, marketing, natural resource management, public affairs and public administration, statistics, and urban and regional planning
GPA: 3.25 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate and graduate course work.
Test score required: Yes
A combined verbal and quantitative score of 300 and an analytical writing score of at least 4.5 on the GRE are preferred.
Letters of recommendation: 3
Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the completed Request for Recommendation form. Letters of recommendation may be sent directly to the program.
Admissions essay required: Yes
Deadlines: Feb. 15 for financial support
Rita F. Medford
800 W. Campbell Road GR31
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Daniel A. Griffith
Ashbel Smith Professor
Geospatial scientist/researcher, professor, environmental scientists; and government and private sector, etc.
See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.