Geography & Planning
The MA in Geography prepares students for a variety of career choices in planning, environmental work, and population and site analysis. It can also prepare students for entry into many government agencies such as the EPA, Census Bureau, CIA, and Forestry Service, as well as private sector jobs. Another option for students with a MA in Geography is entry into selective Ph.D. programs.
The degree program minimally involves 11 geography classes, or 33 credits to complete the required thesis. Programs of study are tailored to each student's interests, prior background, and career aspirations. The advising process gives students careful individual attention so that their interests are met, and so that they graduate in a timely manner. Three well-equipped GIS labs are available for graduate student work. Students who enter the program on a full time basis should be able to attain the MA degree in two years.
Advising sheets are available online. Paper copies are available from the department secretary in Ruby Jones Hall, room 103. Advising sheets are subject to change; students should check with their advisor before registering for classes.
The Graduate Catalog with information on graduate geography courses may be viewed here.
Admission to the Program
Applicants should submit transcripts of all undergraduate work, two letters of recommendation, a resume that indicates relevant work experience, and a statement of career background and goals. GRE or other standardized scores are useful in the admission process, but not required. The department welcomes qualified applicants who have no previous background in geography, although additional preliminary or concurrent work may be required. Admission is based on department evaluation of course work taken for the baccalaureate degree and additional course work, if any, in combination with the other criteria above.
Interested students should complete the online graduate studies application and follow the instructions for the self-managed application process. The plan number on the application for the MA in Geography program is A537.
The application deadline is May 15 for the fall semester and November 15 for the spring semester.