PhD in Geology
Southern Methodist University - Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies
4 - 5 years
Earliest start date
* our Ph.D. programs are fully-funded, which includes tuition coverage and health insurance
The Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences in Dedman College at SMU has an internationally distinguished faculty active in both field and laboratory-based studies. They are joined by a dynamic group of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who benefit both from the Department's excellent laboratory and computational facilities as well as from the individual attention possible in a private university with a low student-to-faculty ratio.
Our location in Dallas offers all of the cultural benefits of a major metropolis at a much lower cost of living and with less congestion than in most cities of comparable size. The city’s mild climate allows for outdoor activities year-round.
Earth Sciences was one of the University’s first Ph.D. granting departments. SMU grants graduate degrees in geology, geophysics, and applied geophysics.
Ph.D. program in Geology or Geophysics
The Ph.D. degree required a minimum of two academic years of residency as a graduate student on campus or at a research facility approved by the Department faculty; satisfactory defense of two original research propositions; and the preparation and public defense of a dissertation that is a significant original contribution to the advancement of science. Proficiency in a foreign language may be required by the advisory committee.
To obtain the Ph.D. degree in geology, the student must:
- Successfully pass a general qualifying examination.
- Complete a minimum of three years of graduate academic work (48 credit hours minimum), with at least two years of full-time residence on the SMU campus or at a research facility approved by the departmental faculty and the dean of graduate studies.
- Write and make a successful public defense of a dissertation.
- Satisfy all curricular requirements as specified by the departmental faculty, including:
Graduate Core Courses
- GEOL 6107 - Departmental Seminar (repeated each semester until candidacy is achieved)
- GEOL 6320 - Dynamic Earth I
- GEOL 6321 - Dynamic Earth II
Courses at the 6000-level and above, chosen in consultation with the graduate adviser.
The following courses are available to students throughout the dissertation process, with no more than 12 credit hours counting toward the degree:
- GEOL 8398 - Dissertation Research
- GEOL 8399 - Dissertation Research
- GEOL 8698 - Dissertation Research
- GEOL 8699 - Dissertation Research
- GEOL 8998 - Dissertation Research
- GEOL 8999 - Dissertation Research