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The Department of Geography's master of arts program educates qualified students for work toward the PhD degree, and for professional careers in government service, federal agencies, health departments, industry and regional or urban planning. The department's goals are to provide students quality academic instruction in geography; to foster and advance teaching, research and publication in the field of geography; and to provide the expertise of geographers to the community at large so that decision-makers in both the public and private sectors may enhance the quality of their decisions.

The program offers theoretical foundation and computer applications in

  • Resource Management and Sustainability
  • Water Resources
  • Flooding and Watershed Impacts
  • Environmental Hazard Assessment
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Population Health GIS
  • Urban and Retail Planning

The program also allows students to specialize in one of four tracks, each of which offer a mix of theory, practice, tools and techniques:

  • Cartography and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Environmental and Resource Management
  • Population Health and GIS
  • Urban Planning and Applied Geography

There is a thesis option for each of the four tracks. Each track requires a total of 40 credits, as well as defense of a project or a thesis.

Graduate Degrees Offered

  • MA in Geography

Related Programs

Application Deadlines

  Fall Admission Spring Admission
MA January 15 (funding)
May 15 (regular) 
October 15 (funding)
January 15 (regular) 

Admission Requirements*

The standards maintained by The Graduate School and individual departments and programs are applied to ensure that applicants admitted to the University are well qualified and trained to study at this institution and have a reasonable expectation of successfully completing a graduate program, and who, with the benefit of graduate education, are most likely to contribute substantially to their academic or professional fields.

To be eligible, you must have and provide:

  • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
  • Complete set of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. At minimum, a 3.0 GPA is required. See details.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Online graduate degree application and application fee
  • Transcripts from each college/university you have attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
  • Official GRE scores

And, for international applicants:

  • International Student Financial Statement form (PDF)
  • Official bank statement/proof of support
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

*This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to keep it accurate and up-to-date, we recommend you contact the department for any program-specific requirements.

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Mark Blumler, Graduate Director 

Department of Geography website

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Last Updated: 12/11/14