Geography coursework must be graded and may include graded independent study. Maximum 3 credit hours of GEOG 80998 may count towards the major requirements. New students are strongly encouraged to take GEOG 69701 and GEOG 70800 courses within the first year of their enrollment, if they have not already taken similar courses at the masters level.
The cognate field must be in a department other than geography. Generally, cognate study is taken with the cognate member of the student's advisory committee.
Candidacy examinations are taken after the dissertation proposal is approved by the committee. This should be completed by the end of the second year of doctoral study. Each doctoral candidate, upon admission to candidacy, must register for GEOG 80199 for a total of 30 credit hours. It is expected that a doctoral candidate will continuously register for Dissertation I, and thereafter GEOG 80299, each semester, until all requirements for the degree have been met.
Of the 30 credit hours of coursework required for the degree, students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours that are letter graded at the doctoral degree–level.
* Source of occupation titles and labor data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.
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