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The following are frequently asked questions (FAQ) and answers about the SDSU-UCSB joint doctoral program in Geography.

Q. Why is the program conducted jointly between SDSU and UCSB?

A. First, the joint program enables students to have access to and exploit the excellent faculties and facilities of two strong, research-oriented Geography departments. The second and more pragmatic reason is that California law does not allow departments within the California State University (such as SDSU) to offer a standalone doctoral program. Thus, even though SDSU Geography matches or exceeds research publication and funding rates of many of the Top Ten ranked Geography doctoral programs in the U.S., it is not legally able to offer a Ph.D. degree on its own.

Q. What are the disadvantages of the Joint Doctoral program?

A. The only substantial disadvantage is that students in the Joint Doctoral program are required to be in residence for at least one academic year at UCSB (normally during the second year). San Diego and Santa Barbara are separated by approximately 200 miles.

Q. Doesn't UCSB have a doctoral program in Geography?

A. Yes, UCSB Geography is well known as one of the top Ph.D. granting departments in the World. The program is particularly known for its strengths in quantitative and computational approaches to spatial analysis and earth system science.

Q. Do you offer the JDP on-line?

A. No. The Geography JDP is a personalized program that requires in person interaction and research in our departmental labs and facilities. It would be very difficult to provide the type of training we offer in an on-line format.

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