Graduate Program

M.S. in Applied Geography

The Department of Geography offers an M.S. in applied geography. This program provides students with advanced understanding and the ability to apply geographic concepts and techniques to many significant challenges faced by society today.

Beyond a small number of required core courses (GEOG 5160, 5190 and 5800), we do not confine our students to a rigid curriculum. Students work with their major professor to construct a degree plan emphasizing a particular theme or themes and to determine which courses they should take and when.

Students may choose to pursue one of the suggested tracks below, or use one of these tracks as a guide to constructing their degree plan. In consultation with their major professor, students may substitute courses listed under any of the below tracks.  Possible tracks of study include:

The department’s faculty has additional expertise in several other areas that may serve as the core focus of a degree plan, including cultural ecology, ecosystem geography, and globalization and development. Students may also complete an optional six credit hour minor. Generally, the six hours come from a single department outside of Geography.

Ph.D. in Environmental Science

The Department of Geography works closely with the Institute of Applied Science (IAS), which coordinates a Ph.D. in Environmental Science. Students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in geographical aspects of environmental science should consult a geography faculty member with similar research interests. In consultation with the IAS, this faculty member will identify suitable prerequisite coursework and help the student assemble an appropriate degree plan.