Explore human interaction with the built and natural environment and be at the forefront in developing solutions for the world's most pressing issues through our geography program.
As a doctoral student, you will plan and execute an original research project and learn skills and techniques that are applicable to both academic and non-academic careers. Our faculty also provides a wide array of professional development, including overseas research, academic writing, grant writing and more.
Classes and Faculty
Form close relationships in our smaller classes and be mentored by an approachable, award-winning faculty.
Take courses in physical science, social science and technology, all taught by faculty with diverse expertise.
Immerse yourself in international cultures covering Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Central Asia.
Push For Progress
Create strong connections with urban and environmental policy makers and stakeholders across South Carolina and beyond.
What You’ll Study
Our graduate program offers advanced seminars in a variety of subfields, including urban geography, political geography, environmental geography, geographic information systems and remote sensing. The department also connects you to active research centers on topics such as geographic education, hazards vulnerability, geographic data, climate and more.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Understanding cultural variation and adapting behaviors and communication styles accordingly
Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making
Preparing and delivering effective and engaging presentations to inform, persuade or inspire
Creating professional written content for inclusion in scholarly journal articles, books and reports
Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems
Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.
- Government Researcher
- Disaster Manager/Planner
- Climate Scientist
- GIS Analyst
- Conservation Director
- University/College Faculty
Job Titles of Alumni
- Research Assistant
- Senior Geospatial Scientist
- Senior Analytics Data Scientist
Average Alumni Salary
Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $93,988
Employers of Alumni
- University of South Carolina
- National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
- University of Iowa
- University of North Carolina at Charlotte