Geoscience PhD

Doctoral students in the Geoscience PhD program in Temple’s College of Science and Technology pursue advanced coursework and original research exploring the geological processes and cycles that affect human well-being. Courses and research explore how the increasing human population and rapidly expanding technology alter those processes and their effects. Research funding for doctoral students is available in subfields of environmental geology, geochemistry, sedimentary geology and paleontology, and structural geology.

The PhD program will build on research topics and focus on new and emerging areas of geoscience. This field is increasingly interdisciplinary in nature, and the Geoscience PhD program welcomes students from a variety of science majors who are qualified to take graduate coursework in geosciences.

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Temple student and professor in a river bed taking water samples.

Classes & Curriculum

The Geoscience PhD includes graduate courses in the geosciences, weekly seminars, qualifying exams and research leading to a doctoral dissertation. Other culminating events include passing a written and oral qualifying examination, submitting an original thesis and completing a final oral presentation of that thesis.

Courses you may take during your studies include

  • Analytical Methods in Mineralogy,
  • Ecohydrology,
  • Glaciology and
  • Sedimentary Petrology.

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Doctor of Philosophy offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $1,301.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,696.00 per credit

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