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Geosciences, Doctor of Philosophy


The Department of Geosciences offers studies leading to a Ph.D. in Geosciences to students who are seeking to develop the capability for research or professional careers. This degree requires completion of a prescribed course of study in geosciences, satisfactory performance on a comprehensive examination, and independent completion of original research that results in a publicly defended dissertation that contributes significantly to geoscientific knowledge.


Degree Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy in Geosciences, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Dr. James McNamara
(208) 426-1354
Environmental Research Building
1910 University Dr., Boise, ID  83725-1535

Admission Requirements

  1. Apply to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admissions requirements of the Graduate College. International applicants must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
  2. Hold a baccalaureate degree in geology or a related discipline from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or from a non-U.S. institution of higher education that is judged equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree by the International Admissions Office.
  3. Earned at least a 3.00 grade point average out of a 4.00 scale during the last two years of academic work.
  4. A letter of intent outlining your plans for the future, including what you would like to study and the faculty member or members you have contacted and would like to study under while in the program.
  5. A professional resume listing educational training, any awards, publications, poster presentations, and grant applications.
  6. A sample of your scientific writing (publication, technical document, scientific abstract, or from prior coursework).
  7. College Course Summary Form:
  8. Official GRE scores.
  9. Three letters of recommendation.


Graduate Assistantships are available on a limited basis.  The GA waives all tuition and fees and pays a stipend of approximately $9,000 for the academic year, and requires 20 hours of work per week throughout the semester. Contracts are not automatically renewed, but students may apply for a second year.

Application and Materials Deadlines

Fall Semester: February 1
Spring Semester: October 15