Master of Science in Geography

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.

 Admission into the master’s program requires a bachelor’s degree in geography or related discipline from an accredited institution, an acceptable undergraduate grade-point average, satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination general test, and three letters of recommendation. Undergraduate course deficiencies may require additional coursework, which can be made up during the student’s first year in the degree program.

The thesis option M.S. degree in geography requires a minimum of 30 semester hours and the successful completion of a thesis. The 30 hours include the following:

  • 24 hours of graduate-level geography courses (including GEOG 6800 Geographic Thought, GEOG 6700 Quantitative Methods and Spatial Analysis 1
  • 18 hours of graduate-level electives (12 hours must come from geography)
  • 6 hours of thesis research credit

The non-thesis option requires a minimum of 39 semester hours and the successful completion of a comprehensive written and oral examination by an approved faculty committee. The 39 hours include the following:

  • 6 hours of required courses (including GEOG 6800 Geographic Thought, GEOG 6700 Quantitative Methods and Spatial Analysis)
  • 33 hours of graduate-level electives, of which 18 hours must come from geography.

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    The Geography faculty.

 

Last updated: 08/16/2012