Graduate Programs | Department of Geography and the Environment

Graduate Programs

M.S. in Geography

The Department of Geography and the Environment offers two Master's of Science (M.S.) programs in geography, a professional program and a research program. Our programs provide students with the ability to apply geographic concepts and techniques to significant societal and environmental challenges.

Beyond a small number of required core courses, 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 in the research or professional program may pursue one of the suggested tracks below, or use one of these tracks as a guide to constructing their degree plan. Possible tracks of study include:

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

Ph.D. in Environmental Science

The Department of Geography and the Environment 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.

Ph.D. in Philosophy

Through a collaboration between the Department of Geography and the Environment and the Department of Philosophy, students can pursue a Ph.D. in Philosophy with a focus on critical human geography. Students accepted to this Ph.D. program are supervised by a geography faculty member but meet all requirements of the doctoral program in philosophy. Students interested in this option should contact a geography faculty member with similar research interests. In consultation with the philosophy department, this faculty member will identify suitable prerequisite coursework and help the student assemble an appropriate degree plan.

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