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SDSU Geography Doctoral Program is ranked No. 7 in the United States.

The Departments of Geography at San Diego State University and the University of California, Santa Barbara have joined resources to offer a distinctive doctoral program. It brings together two outstanding institutions. The joint program complements but does not duplicate the existing Ph.D. program at UCSB, which functions separately from the joint doctoral program. The joint doctoral program provides the essential education, technical training and creative experience necessary for professional activity including college-level teaching.

Graduate study at San Diego State University has long been characterized by a close, collegial working relationship between students and faculty. Exceptional technical facilities are available on both campuses. Students spend a minimum of one year on each campus and will normally start and finish their work at SDSU. The joint doctorate is unique and as such presents many advantages for the student. Because it entails two departments, students entering the program have access to a much larger and more diverse set of faculty than in perhaps any other program. This gives students an opportunity to be exposed to more perspectives and approaches to geography than in most settings. Also, residency on both campuses allows students to experience two different university systems, the California State University and the University of California, with different organizational structures and missions. Students also become familiar with two attractive but very different communities and environments.

We recognize that the joint character of our program creates some logistical readjustments and inconveniences. Therefore, students entering the program should be highly motivated individuals who seek the special combination of opportunities available through it.


Joint Doctoral Program Forms

Doctoral Student Handbook

Doctoral Programs – Procedural Steps to Graduate

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Completed Dissertations

Current Positions of Joint Doctoral Graduates

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