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Master's Geography

Master's Geography & the Environment | Graduate Programs | Degree Programs | Geography & the Environment | Natural Sciences & Mathematics

A Master of Arts degree in Geography requires 45 quarter hours of course work and a research thesis.

Areas of specialization include:

  • Physical Geography ~ Biogeography, Climatology, Geomorphology, Quaternary studies
  • Human Geography ~ Cultural Geography, Economic Geography, Development, Population, Transportation Geography, Urban Geography, Urban and Regional Planning
  • Human-Environment Interaction ~ Global Change, Land Use, Latin America, Natural Resources, Political Ecology, Reclamation of Disturbed Lands, Sustainability
  • Geographic Information Science ~ Geo-visualization, GIS, Remote Sensing, Spatial Analysis

Requirements without prior degrees in geography

Any student desiring to pursue the MA in Geography who does not have a bachelor's degree in Geography is required to either complete the Geography core courses listed below or show evidence of their completion of equivalent courses before continuing in the master's program. While it may not be necessary to formally enroll in these core courses, the student is expected to attend all lectures, complete all assignments and exams, and earn the equivalent of at least a grade of B or better in each core course. Alternatively, the student can fulfill the requirement by serving as a teaching assistant for the course. Similarly, for courses taken in other departments or at other universities that are to be substituted for the core courses listed below, a grade of B or better is required. The student will be informed at the start of his/her graduate program of any required core course work, and deficiencies are to be completed as soon as possible after entering the graduate program. A student may not be advanced to candidacy until all deficiencies have been satisfied.

  • GEOG 1201 Environmental Systems-Atmosphere, GEOG 1202 E. Systems-Hydrosphere, GEOG 1203 E. Systems-Biosphere, or GEOG 1216, 1217, 1218 Our Dynamic Earth. (Intro to Physical Geography)
  • GEOG 1410 People, Places and Landscapes (Intro to Human Geography)
  • GEOG 2020 Cartography
  • GEOG 2000 Statistics

For more information please refer to the Geography Graduate Handbook by year of your program acceptance.