Program Description

Areas of Research

The department offers research graduate training leading to the Ph.D. degree in the following areas of research specialization:


Earth System Science (ESS)

Measurements, analysis, and modeling of hydrologic, atmospheric, cryospheric, oceanic, and terrestrial systems, as well as the interactions between systems.


Human Geography (HG)

Measurements, analysis, and modeling of human activity, culture, and society, including human spatial behavior and cognition; spatial decision-making and decision support; urban and regional modeling, planning, and policy; human movement and transportation systems; resource and environmental management; population; human-environment relations; and health geography.


Modeling, Measurement, and Computation (MMS)

Techniques, including analysis, statistics, and computation that are particularly well-suited to the modeling of the complex geographic phenomena. Important sub-areas include numerical modeling, spatial statistics, remote sensing, computational modeling and database systems (including geographic information systems), and cartography and visualization.


Optional Emphases in Doctoral Program

Students pursuing a PhD in this department may petition to add an emphasis in Transportation (contact Kostas Goulias in Geography, Cognitive Science, Environment and Society, Global Studies, Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (QMSS), Technology and Society (CITS) and Demography.

A full description of the Demography Emphasis, including application instructions, can be found here: Demography PhD Emphasis_Web.pdf


Technology Management Program

The Technology Management Program is dedicated to the development of business and innovation in an increasingly technology-based global economy. TMP offers driven, innovative, and entrepreneurial students an in-depth understanding of business principles and professional skills vital to their success after graduation. Graduate and undergraduate students receive a cutting-edge curriculum of theory, practice, and mentorship that is at the intersection of technology, business, and social science. Graduate students should consult with their faculty mentor before joining the program. They should also be in at least their second year of studies.