Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program
Geosciences is a discipline in the Interdisciplinary
Ph.D. Program administered by
of Graduate Studies.
Note: The discipline-specific requirements listed here are in addition to
the requirements listed in the Interdisciplinary
Ph.D. Application Procedure and Minimum Criteria for Admission
and Minimum Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Academic Regulations and Degree
Discipline-Specific Admission Requirements
Specific admission requirements defined by the faculty of the Department of
Geosciences follow the guidelines established by the School of Graduate
Studies. Typically, a student would be expected to hold an undergraduate or
master's degree in geology, geography or a closely related field.
Opportunities within the department range from the physical sciences to the
humanities. Because of the wide range of faculty expertise, and in keeping
with the general spirit of the entire interdisciplinary program, the faculty
of the Department of Geosciences has deliberately chosen to establish broad
guidelines for admission of Interdisciplinary Ph.D. students. All
prospective graduate students must attain a GPA of 3.0 or above, on a 4.0
grading scale, in all university work prior to admission. Three letters of
recommendation from professors as well as a proposal from the prospective
student detailing goals and expectations are needed for an evaluation of the
Non-native English-speaking applicants seeking geosciences as a coordinating
discipline must demonstrate proficiency in English. This requirement can be
satisfied by obtaining English proficiency certification from the UMKC
Suggested Compatible Co-disciplines
Faculty members in the Department of Geosciences conduct research in applied
geophysics, atmospheric sciences, climate variability and climate change,
cultural and historical geography (Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and
West Africa), engineering and environmental geology, geochemistry, GIS,
historical cartography, geoarcheology, geomorphology, mineral deposits,
stratigraphy, and quaternary environments. Suitable co-disciplines for the
Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program are practically unlimited (see
www.iml.umkc.edu/geo for possibilities). Consultation with the principal
graduate advisers for geology and geography would be a good way for the
student to explore the possibilities. Previous students have designated
co-disciplines of chemistry, civil engineering, computer science, curriculum
and instruction, and physics. Other excellent possibilities would include
economics, history and sociology.
Core Program Requirements
Specific core program requirements follow the guidelines established by the
School of Graduate Studies and are otherwise defined by the student's
supervisory committee in consultation with each individual student.
Other Discipline-Specific Special Requirements
While there is no set minimum number of hours for all students, at least 50
percent of the course credit hours for students who select geosciences as
their coordinating unit must be taken in the Department of Geosciences.
Students who have selected geosciences as a coordinating unit or a
co-discipline are expected to take no less than three courses from the
Department of Geosciences as determined by their supervisory committee.
Other special requirements are defined by the student's supervisory
committee in individual consultation with each student. All geosciences
students (coordinating or co-discipline) are expected to successfully
complete a qualifying examination in their subject area, devised by
departmental faculty, by the end of their first two semesters of residency.
Comprehensive Examination Guidelines
Comprehensive examinations of all Ph.D. students, who select the Department
of Geosciences as the coordinating unit, will contain both written and oral
components and may include questions from each of the co-disciplines and
from related fields as determined by the student's examining committee. The
committee consists of the student's supervisory committee and others who may
be appointed by the dean of the School of Graduate Studies.
The faculty of the Department of Geosciences are committed to an
interdisciplinary approach and expect that all Ph.D. students, whether
enrolled in the coordinating or the co-disciplinary category, will
complete courses and conduct research with this principle in mind.
Principal Graduate Advisor and I. Ph.D. Coordinator: Dr.
Graduate Geography Advisor: Dr.