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Doctor of Philosophy in Geology


The program reflects, and builds upon the Department’s long-standing vision: to continue as the leading Department of Geosciences in the region through a balanced approach between education and research.

Major and Minor Areas: The PhD program is offered in three Major Areas, each of them having several specializations (“Minor Areas”):

  • Petroleum Geology (Minor Areas: Paleontology, Clay Mineralogy, Basin Analysis, Reservoir
    Characterization, Petroleum Exploration, Exploration Geophysics, etc.)
  • Hydrogeology & Environmental Geology (Minor Areas: Numerical Modeling, Flow in Porous Media, Geostatistics, etc.)
  • Structural & Regional Geology (Minor Areas: GIS, Remote Sensing, Economic Geology, etc.)
Program Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements for possible admission to the PhD Programs as a regular graduate student in engineering or sciences are as follows:

An MS degree in engineering or science from an institution whose graduate programs are equivalent to those of (KFUPM), with a major in the proposed field or evidence of suitable background for entering the proposed field.

  • A minimum GPA of 3.00 on a scale of 4.00 or equivalent in both the BS and MS degrees. Official transcripts and degree certificates are required for admission.
  • Completion of TOEFL with a minimum score for MS admission of 550 (PBT), 213 (CBT) or 80 (IBT). The TOEFL score must be sent directly to the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies. The KFUPM code is 0868. IELTS is also acceptable [min 6.5].
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from the faculty who taught the applicant graduate courses.
  • Satisfactorily meeting any additional departmental or university admission requirements