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Ph.D. in Geophysics

General Information

Boise State University offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Geophysics through the Department of Geosciences. The degree requires completion of a prescribed course of study in geophysics and an area of emphasis outside of geophysics, satisfactory performance on a comprehensive examination, and independent completion of original research that results in a publicly defended dissertation that contributes significantly to geophysical knowledge.

For more detailed information please visit the Program Learning Outcomes page, the Degree Requirements page, or refer to the University Graduate Catalog.

Application and Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a physical science, engineering, computer science, or mathematics from an accredited college or university. Admission is competitive and based on transcripts, professional references, and evaluation of a technical manuscript provided by the applicant as evidence of technical writing skills. Students whose native language is not English must submit a TOEFL score of 587 or higher for the written exam and 80 or higher for the computer-based examination. Application materials are available online.


Further questions may be directed to the Graduate Program Coordinator for the PhD in Geophysics.

Program Coordinator: Dr. Dylan Mikesell
Phone: (208) 426-1404

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