- Major: Geography
- Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
- School/College: Arts and Sciences
See the program curriculum and learn about admission.
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Fall Application Deadline: January 15
Spring Applications: Only considered under exceptional circumstances. Contact the Graduate Director at 803-777-9845 by October 15 for admission the following spring.
- Curriculum Vitae or Resume
- Official GRE Score (not required for admissions through Fall 2023)
- Official Transcripts
- Personal Statement
- 2 Letters of Recommendation
Applications Accepted for These Semesters...
- Fall Semester
- Spring Semester
- Summer Semester
A Note from the Program
The Department of Geography offers training in fundamental geographic skills and the opportunity for advanced study and research in a variety of fields within the discipline. Areas of emphasis reflect faculty interest and competence and include the following: cartography and visualization, GIScience, and remote sensing; cultural, economic, political, and urban geography; environmental science and climatology; and environment-society relationships. Programs of study lead to the M.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. The department has a strong record of success in graduate placement in private- and public-sector careers as well as in the academic sphere. To assist in its educational role, the department administers the GISciences Research Laboratory, the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute, the Climate Research Laboratory, the Biogeomorphic Research Laboratory, the Center for Excellence in Geographic Education and the South Carolina Geographic Alliance.