Earth Systems and Geoinformation Sciences, PhD
– See bottom of page for previous academic years
The Earth Systems and Geoinformation Sciences (ESGS) doctoral program is based upon the integration of the scientific disciplines in geosystems, geography, geosciences, and geoinformatics. Students receive broad-based training in systematic geosciences and geography, as well as technical courses in computation and geoinformation sciences. The ESGS doctoral program represents a gateway to an academic career for some students; for others, it facilitates career advancement in the public sector or private industry. Graduates are equipped to participate in interdisciplinary research, which is the norm in today’s research arena.
University-wide admissions policies can be found in Graduate Admissions Policies.
To apply for this program, please complete the George Mason University Admissions Application.
Applicants will also need three letters of recommendation and an official report of scores obtained on the GRE-GEN. The GRE requirement for admission to the doctoral program may be waived if the student holds a master’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. TOEFL scores are required of all international applicants. GRE-GEN scores are required of students wishing to be considered for the Office of the Provost’s Presidential Scholarship. A minimum combined math and verbal GRE score of 270/340 are needed to qualify for the Presidential Scholarship.
For policies governing all graduate programs, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.
Total credits: 72
Students should refer to the Admissions & Policies tab for specific policies related to this program.
Students are required to choose from the following courses in the core areas below. Of the cores, students must complete at least one course in five of the cores and two courses in at least three of those five cores.
|The core areas from which to choose these credits are:||24|
|Earth Science Data and Advanced Data Analysis|
|Advanced Spatial Statistics|
|Introduction to GIS Algorithms and Programming|
|Spatial Data Structures|
|Web-based Geographic Information Systems|
|Scientific Data Mining for Geoinformatics|
Geosciences and Physical Geography Core:
|Introduction to Atmosphere and Weather|
|Atmospheric Physics I|
Human Geography Core:
|Issues in Regional Geography|
Geographic Information Science Core:
|Geographic Information Systems|
|Advanced Geographic Information Systems|
|Algorithms and Modeling in GIS|
Remote Sensing Core:
|Earth Image Processing|
|Physical Principles of Remote Sensing|
|Advanced Topics in Remote Sensing|
|Remote Sensing Natural Hazards|
|Select one from the following:||3|
|Selected Topics in Geospatial Intelligence|
|Seminar in Geographic Thought and Methodology|
|Seminar in Regional Analysis|
|Geography and Geoinformation Science Colloquium (complete twice)|
|In consultation with the advisor, students select credits necessary to reach 72 total credits 1||19-31|
|1||At least half of the elective credits taken at Mason must be from GGS courses.|
Students take 12-24 credits, with at least 6 credits in GGS 999Dissertation. After reaching candidacy, students must stay continuously enrolled GGS 999 Dissertation until defending their dissertation.
|Select 12-24 credits from the following:||12-24|
Please see the GMU Catalog Entry for the ESGS PhD for other program details. Students admitted in previous years may have diffrerent degree requirements, listed in the archived catalogs.
The 2013-2014 catalog entry has errors in the Degree Requirement Section.
“All students are required to take 18 credits of courses selected from a set of three core areas: computational-quantitative, geosciences-geography, and geoinformation. Students also take 6 credits of courses in one of the four areas of emphasis listed-Geosciences (GSC), Geography (GEOG), Remote Sensing and Earth Observation (RS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Students also have the option of taking courses from two or more emphasis areas, subject to the program director’s approval. Additional requirements include a single credit of colloquium taken three times, and electives relevant to the student’s focus.“
Use the following paragraph under Doctoral Course Work as your guide-
Additional requirements include a single credit of colloquium taken twice, and electives relevant to the student’s focus.