Ph.D. in Geosciences

Degree Requirements

Program Coordinator: Dr. Mark Schmitz
Phone: (208)-426-5907

General Information

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

Graduate Teaching and Research Fellowships

Graduate fellowships including tuition and fee waivers are funded from three sources: appropriated state funds, endowments, and research grants and contracts. Information on graduate fellowships funded by research grants and contracts may be obtained from individual faculty, or from the coordinator of the doctoral program in geosciences.

Graduate Program Committee

The Graduate Program Committee of the Department of Geosciences consists of the graduate program coordinators for each of the graduate programs in the department, plus the chair of the Department. The duties of the Graduate Program Committee are defined by the Department and are consistent with policies set by the University. These duties include development of recommendations for admission of prospective graduate students, decisions on transfer credits and required background courses, decisions on the award of departmental graduate fellowships and assistantships, and appointment of Supervisory Committees for graduate students.

Supervisory Committee

The Supervisory Committee is charged with general guidance of the doctoral student, including design and approval of the program of study, administration of the comprehensive examination, supervision of the dissertation research, and participation in the dissertation defense. The composition of the Supervisory Committee is recommended by the Graduate Program Committee and approved and appointed by the Graduate College.

Application and Admission Requirements

An applicant must follow the general application procedures for admission to a graduate program (see Graduate Admission Regulations). Applicants are required to have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a geosciences or a related discipline from an accredited college or university. Admission will be competitive and will be based on transcripts, professional references, scores on the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and evaluation of a letter of intent which describes the applicant’s professional interests and plans for the future. Students whose native language is not English must submit a TOEFL score of 587 or higher for the written exam or 95 Internet-based test (iBT). Application materials are available online.


Further questions may be referred to the coordinator, Geosciences Doctoral Program, Boise State University, 1910 University Drive, Boise, ID 83725, telephone (208) 426-5907 or e-mail:

For more information and degree requirements, please refer to the university catalogs.

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