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Ph.D. in Geology

Program Information

The Rowan Experience
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The Ph.D. in Geology, housed with the School of Earth & Environment, is a terminal degree program designed to prepare students for successful careers in scientific education and research. The program offers a highly flexible curriculum with an emphasis on developing the skills, expertise, and commitment necessary for graduates to become leaders in the scientific research community.

The heart of the program is the Jean and Ric Edelman Fossil Park, a unique living laboratory offering opportunities for study in multiple subject matter areas within the geosciences and for inquiry into critical issues involving climate change, biodiversity, and sustainability. The Fossil Park is also a key forum for outreach to the community at large on these issues as well as on STEM education. The Fossil Park will have a state-of-the-art museum and visitor center, with the goal of official national accreditation for the museum as a type-specimen repository, where researchers, including Ph.D. students, can come and study the collections.

The Ph.D. in Geology contributes directly to the advancement of the strategic pillar of Quality. The research activity associated with the program will elevate the reputation of the University, attracting high-caliber faculty, visiting scholars, post-doctoral researchers, and students and enhancing the quality of educational offerings at all levels.

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The Ph.D. in Geology is a full-time program offered in a face-to-face format at our Glassboro, NJ campus. It requires the completion of 72 graduate semester hours.

  • 21-22 Courses / 72 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements URL: Yes
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 41 S.H.
GEOL 01701 Seminar in Geology 4
GEOL 01702 Advanced Seminar in Geology 4
GEOL 01703 Proposal Writing and Grant Management in Geology 3
GEOL 01704 Communication and Ethics in Geology 3
GEOL 01705 Graduate Colloquium 2
GEOL 01706 Advanced Graduate Colloquium 2
GEOL 01710 Fundamental Research I 6
GEOL 01711 Fundamental Research II 6
GEOL 01712 Topics in Graduate Geology 3
GEOL 01713 Advanced Topics in Graduate Geology 3
GEOL 01730 Dissertation Research Geology 5
Elective Courses: 31 S.H.

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation, or will indicate any missing items.


  • Completed Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives
    • Provide reasons for pursuing the program. Describe how you might use this program to advance your career (educational goals beyond the master's level, if applicable, are also relevant).
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Writing Sample
  • Interview (Applicants will be contacted directly by the Faculty Admission Committee regarding the interview. The interview can be in person or via telephone.)
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