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PHD Geosciences UMKC

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program

Geosciences is a discipline in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program administered by the School 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 Requirements.

 

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 application.
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 English Department.

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.

Interdisciplinary Work


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.

 

Contact

Principal Graduate Advisor and I. Ph.D. Coordinator: Dr. Jejung Lee

Graduate Geography Advisor: Dr. Wei Ji

Contact Us

Department of Geosciences
University of Missouri-Kansas City

Administrative Assistant
Megan Medley
Tel: 816.235.6081

Chair
Dr. Wei Ji
jiwei@umkc.edu

5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, Missouri  64110

Tel:   816.235.1334
Fax:  816.235.5535

Email:  geosciences@umkc.edu

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