Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate programs offered
Earn a Graduate Degree
- MA in Geography (30-36 cr, Option I, II, or III)
- PhD in Geography (90 cr)
Areas of Study
These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.
- Geographic Information Science (GI Science)
- Great Plains Studies
- Historical-Cultural Geography
- Human Geography
- Natural Resources and Environmental Geography
Earn a Graduate Certificate
Certificates have their own deadlines and checklists; select one for details.
- Grad Cert in Geographic Information Science (22 cr)
Online and Distance OpportunitiesSome online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.
2. Required by Geography
After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access so you can complete these requirements via MyRED.
- Entrance exam(s): GRE
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
- Three recommendation letters
- Statement of goals
When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
Application Deadlines for Geography
- For Financial Consideration: January 8 for Fall.
Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.
Particularly strong programs exist in: 1) Geographic Information Science, emphasizing geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing and cartography; 2) Historical and Human Geography, focusing on culture and settlement of the Great Plains, environmental perception and political behavior; 3) Natural Resources and Environmental Geography, emphasizing geospatial dimensions of conservation, water resources, natural hazards, climatology and related areas; and 4) Community and Regional Planning, a cross-disciplinary doctoral program combining strengths of the faculty of Geography and GI Science and faculty of Community and Regional Planning.
Many geography faculty and students are affiliated with UNL research centers such as the Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies, the National Drought Mitigation Center, the High Plains Regional Climate Center, and the Center for Great Plains Studies.
Cost of attendanceCost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.
Courses and MoreAdmitted students will choose courses from the Course Catalog, typically in:
- Geography (GEOG)
- Great Plains Study Program (GPSP)
- Natural Resources (NRES)
- Natural Resources and Environmental Economics (NREE)
Faculty and research
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Political; Settlement; Computer Cartography; Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Economic Development and Planning; GIS; Minority Health Issues; Small Town Quality of Life Issues; ImmigrationAffiliated Faculty
Climate Variations; Severe Weather Safety; Climate Assessment and Impacts
Geomorphology and Landforms; Climate Change; Physical Geography of Nebraska and Great Plains
Physical and Human Aspects of Water Management; Drought Risk Management; Environmental Perceptions and Justice
Public Policy; Urban Modeling; Urban Spatial Structure; GIS and Analytic Methods; Land Use and Transportation InteractionAffiliated Faculty
Remote Sensing; GIS; Environmental StudiesAffiliated Faculty
Land Use Planning; Historic Preservation; Urban Planning and DesignAffiliated Faculty
Human; Social; Field Techniques; South AsiaEmeritus
Environmental Planning and Policy; Local Land Use Planning in Environmental Management; Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptations; GIS Applications in PlanningAffiliated Faculty
Land Use and Cover; Drought; Biogeography; Climate-Vegetation Interactions; Remote Sensing; GIS
Drought; Climate Assessment and Impacts; Human Dimensions
Dispossession of Indigenous Peoples; Great Plains; Geographical and Historical Epistemology
Remote Sensing; Geographic Information Science