Graduate study in geography leads to a Master of Science degree. The graduate program provides students with advanced understanding of key geographical concepts of space, place, scale, and distance in human and physical processes along with training in advanced geospatial analysis in preparation for employment in industry and government or further academic pursuits. The curriculum provides broadly applied geographic training with opportunity for specialization through electives, directed studies, and thesis research. Although faculty members and students are active in research, we are a small department and we emphasize quality graduate training and teaching. The faculty maintains close relationships with students in all phases of their work. A low graduate student/faculty ration makes this possible.
Degree Options and Requirements
Students may complete the M.S. program following either thesis or non-thesis options. The thesis option requires (1) a minimum of 30 semester hours of course work beyond the undergraduate degree, 24 hours of which must be graduate-level geography courses; and (2) satisfactory completion of a thesis chosen in conjunction with a faculty advisor. The non-thesis option, intended for non-traditional students, requires (1) a minimum of 39 semester hours, at least 18 hours must come from geography and,
(2) the successful completion of a comprehensive written and oral examination by an approved faculty committee.
Teaching assistantships (nine-month appointment), which currently carry a stipend of $1,414 and a tuition fellowship , are now competitively available to qualified applicants. Research assistantships, which carry a comparable stipend and tuition fellowship, also may be available depending on current faculty grants. In awarding assistantships, preference is given to applicants who pursue the thesis option.
New Tuition Fellowship Policy states that University funded in-state tuition support will cover 110% of the number of hours required for a graduate degree. Read the attached for details.
Admission to the M.S. program requires a bachelor’s degree in Geography or related discipline. In addition, an acceptable undergraduate grade-point average, satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE; General test only) and three supporting letters of recommendation are required.
Applications for admission can be initiated online via the Auburn University Graduate School Web page (https://fp.auburn.edu/gradschl/gwaap/Default.aspx). GRE scores and an official undergraduate transcript from all colleges attended must be submitted directly to the Graduate School at least four weeks prior to the start of the semester in which the student desires to enroll (preferably by February 1st if financial assistance is requested). In addition to GRE scores, international applicants also are required to submit official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to the Graduate School. Transcripts and test scores should be sent to:
Ms. Theresa Morgan
Director of Graduate Admissions
Auburn, AL 36849-5122, USA
Tel: (334) 844-4700
For transmitting official GRE scores from ETS, please use the following institution and department codes for Auburn University and the Department of Geology and Geography:
Institution code: 1005
Departmental code: 5199
Three supporting letters of recommendation, prepared on official letterhead of the referees, should be sent directly to:
Dr. Ashraf Uddin
Graduate Program Officer
Department of Geology and Geography
210 Petrie Hall
Auburn, AL 36849-5305, USA
Tel: (334) 844-4885
Finally, students are encouraged to contact individual Geology faculty member(s) who might share their research interests.v