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Doctor of Philosophy in Geophysics


The proposed program is largely motivated by the establishment of the new College of Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences which aspires to be in the top tier of petroleum-related teaching and research academic groupings in the world. Applied Geophysics is one of the three main legs on which the College rests and therefore a pre-eminent doctoral program in this field is critically important for the success of the College. The proposed PhD program will be based on a balanced approach that combines excellence in education with basic and applied research relevant to the discovery and recovery of hydrocarbon resources with minimum environmental impact. The program will produce leaders whose exceptional expertise will impact global initiatives in energy. Furthermore, the choice to focus the proposed PhD program on petroleum addresses a vital resource of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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.