One of a kind.
UToledo’s SISS doctoral degree program is one of the only programs of its kind in the country.
The University of Toledo's Ph.D. program in spatially integrated social sciences is one of the only programs of its kind in the country.
The innovative, interdisciplinary degree involves all the social sciences and these UToledo departments:
From research design to the interpretation of research findings, the use of SISS can advance understanding in nearly every domain of the social and behavioral sciences. UToledo’s SISS doctoral program focuses on space as a unifying theme under which social scientists examine social, political and economic processes.
SISS is based on a new body of statistical theory devoted to spatially weighted regression, spatial interpolation, sampling methods and the effects of scale and modifiable areal units.
The UToledo Ph.D. program is designed around the application of geospatial technologies to study the spatial dimension of human and social dynamics, including the interaction of individuals and society, government and industry. Technologies include:
One-of-a-kind program. UToledo is one of the only universities in the U.S. to offer this innovative, unique degree.
Diversity. Students from many different backgrounds have been successful in UToledo’s SISS doctoral program: geography, engineering, economics, sociology, public administration, urban studies, public health and more.
Funding is available to students through teaching assistantships, research assistantships and internships.
Teaching experience. During their third or fourth year of the program, UToledo SISS grad students can teach undergraduate classes, such as:
Funded trips to national conferences. Our grad students can receive funding to present at local, national and international conferences.
State-of-the-art facilities. UToledo’s GISAG (Geographic Information Science and Applied Geographics) research lab has cutting-edge geospatial software, including:
UToledo graduates of the SISS Ph.D. program have gone on to successful careers in academia and private industry. The SISS program provides the framework for students to develop critical thinking and cutting-edge, geospatial technology skills.
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Our dedicated, internationally recognized faculty have wide-ranging expertise. Major areas of specialization include:
UToledo SISS graduates have made important contributions in:
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