The Doctoral Degree in Geography

Admissions Requirements

Minimum requirements to be considered for admission to the Ph.D. in geography include 36 hours of graduate work in geography or an allied discipline, acceptable scores on the GRE Exam, three strong letters of recommendation, and a personal statement that summarizes your background and interests in pursuing an advanced degree in geography.

Promising students who do not meet the formal requirements for full admission may, upon departmental recommendation, be granted provisional admission. Full graduate standing will be granted when the student satisfactorily completes prescribed courses or otherwise removes deficiencies as outlined by the Director of Graduate Studies or the Graduate School. All special conditions must be satisfied no later than upon the completion of 15 semester hours of graduate credit. A graduate student admitted provisionally is not eligible for appointment to an assistantship or fellowship until full graduate standing is achieved.

Application deadlines for submission of ALL requirements using “Apply Yourself”; are:

  • FALL: January 20 if you wish to apply for an assistantship, May 1st if you are notapplying for an assistantship;
  • SPRING: September 15 if you wish to apply for an assistantship and November 1 if you are not applying for an assistantship.

International Applications

All applicants should use the online “ApplyYourself” program located on The Graduate School website, with two additional requirements set by UNCG for international applications:

  1. Provide an acceptable score on the TOEFL or IELTS for English proficiency; if the score is low or not provided, applicants will be accepted only provisionally, tested through the INTERLINK program, and may be required to complete some modules before taking classes.
  2. Transcripts of academic records from every college and university previously attended must be translated in English and can be uploaded through or can be mailed to the Graduate School. For more information please click the link:

Deadline for international applicants to the Fall term is April 15, and for the Spring term is September 15. Following admission, students will be processed through the UNCG International Programs Center for a visa.