Dual Degree Programs

Geography and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS)

Since 2002, The Penn State Department of Geography is the only geography department in the world that offers a joint Ph.D and Masters’ degree with Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Many graduates from this program are currently appointed in geography departments and/or in women's, gender, and sexuality programs, in Research I and liberal arts institutions.

If you are interested in applying for the dual degree program in Geography and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, please indicate so in your letter of application. Your application will be considered by the graduate selection committee in the Department of Geography, and if you are admitted to the geography program, we will notify you and also send a copy of your application directly to the WGSS program. As a separate program, they have their own admission procedures. If you are also admitted to the WGSS program, they will notify you directly and then you will be eligible to enroll for the dual degree program in geography and WGSS. If, for reasons of program capacity or fit, in terms of interests, you are not admitted by WGSS for the dual degree program, you may still elect to enroll in the graduate program in geography and complete a minor degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

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Geography and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment (HDNRE)

The HDNRE graduate degree program exposes students to a broad base of state-of-the-art methodologies, theories, and technologies for addressing contemporary resource and societal issues.

This transdisciplinary dual-title intercollege program exposes students to issues, including, but not limited to:

  • global climate change
  • sustainable energy, food, and fiber supplies
  • threats to biodiversity
  • water pollution and availability
  • genetic modification
  • sustainable design

HDNRE's philosophical foundation embraces the premise that solutions to natural resource and environment related problems and issues require the integration of biophysical, sociodemographic, sociocultural, and historical dimensions. Solutions to natural resource and environment related problems and issues require the integration of separate disciplines. Program faculty are drawn from colleges across the university, bringing disciplinary expertise in research, teaching, and service to the program. With a fully engaged, committed, and integrated faculty, an environment conducive to the creation of innovative solutions to vexing issues emerges.

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Geography and Operations Research (OR)

Operations Research (OR) is the use of scientific methodology in the formulation, analysis, and solution of problems in decision making. It draws on techniques from many fields, including economics, mathematics, and engineering. Students with a strong interest in operations research techniques can apply for an Operations Research Dual-title degree, such as a Dual Master degree in OR, Dual Ph.D. degree in OR, and Minor Ph.D. degree in OR. Interested students must submit an application for admission to the Chair of the OR Program and meet the necessary course requirements.

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Geography and African Studies (AS)


The Dual-Title Doctoral Degree in African Studies will be awarded to students who are admitted to a primary doctoral program and admitted subsequently into the dual-title degree in African Studies.  The minimum course requirements for the Dual-Title Doctoral Degree in African Studies is 18 credits (see Graduate Bulletin).  The degree is designed to provide a framework within which doctoral students can pursue an integrated suite of regional/thematic courses to complement their specialization in their major discipline; use African Studies graduate faculty to enrich the multidisciplinary training and research activities of Penn State doctoral students who have an interest in Africa; and, enhance the marketability of Penn State doctoral students by making it possible for them to acquire a unique qualification, which can attract a wide range of employers in academia, the US government, bilateral and multilateral international organizations, and international non-governmental organizations.

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Geography and Climate Science (CS)

Students with research and educational interest in climate science may apply for admission to the Climate Science Dual-Title Degree Program (CLSCI) prior to obtaining candidacy in their primary graduate program.  Note: This dual-title program is currently only offered with a PhD in Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, but other programs like Geosciences and Geography hope to offer this program in the next academic year.  

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