How to Apply

To apply, submit Temple’s online graduate application along with an application fee of $60. 

A baccalaureate degree is required for this program of study. Relevant disciplines include the following.

  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies

Though a master's degree is not required, it is highly recommended.

Candidates will be asked to submit the following along with their application. 

Supporting Materials

Official electronic transcripts must be sent to Original transcripts can be mailed to:

Temple University College of Liberal Arts
Graduate Admissions Committee
Dept. of Geography and Urban Studies
308 Gladfelter Hall
1115 W. Polett Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6089

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

Applicants who earned their baccalaureate degree from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English, with the exception of those who subsequently earned a master’s degree at a U.S. institution, must report scores for a standardized test of English that meet these minimums.

  • TOEFL iBT: 88
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5
  • PTE Academic: 60


If you have questions about the Geography PhD, contact
Jessica Brennan, administrator in the Department of Geography and Urban Studies.
Phone: 215-204-7577

Admission Deadline

  • Fall: Jan. 15