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Doctor of Philosophy in Geosciences


The PhD in geosciences degree program provides a rigorous curriculum that is designed to be relevant to many of today’s career prospects, as well as the opportunity to interact in a research context with a diversity of faculty. Students can benefit from many strong research programs, some of which involve faculty researchers from other institutions, and a modern infrastructure.

The PhD in geosciences degree emphasizes research in one of the specialties in the geosciences and is designed to prepare students for advanced positions in the energy, environmental or mining professions in industry or government, or for positions in academia. The department expects that a PhD dissertation will consist of a number of independent research contributions, most of which will be published in peer-reviewed geoscience journals.

Program Information

School: School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Program: Geosciences

Catalog page: PhD

PhD in Geosciences Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Bachelor's in geosciences or equivalent, including courses in physics, mathematics and chemistry, is preferred.

Test score required: Yes

Combined minimum GRE score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the exam is advisable.

Letters of recommendation: Required

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.

Other application requirements:

Supplemental Geosciences Application Form which can be obtained from the Geosciences Department Office by mail (ROC 21, The University of Texas at Dallas, 800 W. Campbell Road, Richardson, TX, 75080, USA), telephone (972-883-2401), or email the Geosciences Department.


Gloria Eby
800 W. Campbell Road FO21
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Office: FA3.102

Possible Careers

Geoscientist, academic/industry researcher, professor

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.