Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.A.; Ph.D.


Areas of Study
  • Geographic Information Science (GI Science)
  • Great Plains Studies
  • Historical-Cultural Geography
  • Human Geography
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Geography
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Contacts for Geography

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Graduate Chair

Dr. Elizabeth Walter-Shea


Graduate Admissions Coordinator

Ms. Patty Swanson


Campus Address

304 Hardin Hall

Lincoln NE 68583-0961

Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Geography in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • 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 ConsiderationFall: January 8


Geography is an integral component of the UNL School of Natural Resources. The School has an innovative structure designed to facilitate interdisciplinary teaching and research on important issues involving climate variability and change, water resources and applied ecology, including human-cultural and social factors critical in environmental management and policy. Both master's and doctoral degrees in Geography are offered.

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.

Courses and More

Students in Geography are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and research

J. Clark Archer
Political; Settlement; Computer Cartography; Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Rodrigo Cantarero
Economic Development and Planning; GIS; Minority Health Issues; Small Town Quality of Life Issues; Immigration
Affiliated Faculty
Kenneth Dewey
Climate Variations; Severe Weather Safety; Climate Assessment and Impacts
Paul Hanson
Geomorphology and Landforms; Climate Change; Physical Geography of Nebraska and Great Plains
Cody Knutson
Physical and Human Aspects of Water Management; Drought Risk Management; Environmental Perceptions and Justice
Yunwoo Nam
Public Policy; Urban Modeling; Urban Spatial Structure; GIS and Analytic Methods; Land Use and Transportation Interaction
Affiliated Faculty
Sunil Narumalani
Remote Sensing; GIS; Environmental Studies
Affiliated Faculty
Donald Rundquist
Remote Sensing
Gordon Scholz
Land Use Planning; Historic Preservation; Urban Planning and Design
Affiliated Faculty
Robert Stoddard
Human; Social; Field Techniques; South Asia
Zhenghong Tang
Environmental Planning and Policy; Local Land Use Planning in Environmental Management; Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptations; GIS Applications in Planning
Affiliated Faculty
Brian Wardlow
Land Use and Cover; Drought; Biogeography; Climate-Vegetation Interactions; Remote Sensing; GIS
Donald Wilhite
Drought; Climate Assessment and Impacts; Human Dimensions
David Wishart
Dispossession of Indigenous Peoples; Great Plains; Geographical and Historical Epistemology
Arthur Zygielbaum
Remote Sensing; Geographic Information Science

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