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Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is a four- to five-year program in which the student concentrates on graduate-level course work during the first two years, passes a comprehensive examination during the second year, and then concentrates on dissertation research for the remainder of the program. The degree is awarded primarily on the basis of a dissertation describing original research in some area of the geological sciences. The majority of students in the PhD program have completed a masters degree, but in some cases students with a bachelors degree may apply directly to the PhD program.
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Last Updated: 6/14/11