Geography (PHD)


Geography, PhD

On Campus 90 cr 90 cr

The PHD program in Geography, the oldest doctoral program west of the Mississippi, gives students a professional education with the personal attention that prepares them for diverse careers.


Geography at UNL has long been known for specializations in Historical Geography and the Great Plains. We have a particularly close relationship with the Center for Great Plains Studies. Specializations in Urban and Political Geography, Human-Environment relations, Cultural Geography, and a wide array of Geospatial Techniques have been added.

Typically the doctorate takes three to four years. Teaching assistantships, paying $15,000 and giving tuition remission, are available on a competitive basis for up to three years. These assistantships generally involve teaching laboratory classes associated with the introductory physical geography course. The Geography Program is located in the newly formed School of Global Integrative Studies, which also houses Anthropology and Global Studies.

Programs of study are flexible, catered to the students' needs, and interdisciplinary work is readily available and encouraged. A major strength of the Program is that students get individual attention from the faculty in order to enhance their educations and prepare them for diverse occupations.

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • One set of transcripts.
  • If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
  • If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    * Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

Major Admission Requirements

  • Three recommendation letters
  • Statement of goals

Admission Deadlines

For financial consideration: January 8 for Fall.

NOTE: When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed



Graduate Chair

David Wishart

Support Staff

Kat Bickert

Tuition & Fees

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