Geography (MA)


Geography, MA

On Campus 30 - 36 cr 30 - 36 cr Option I Option II Option III

The MA Program in Geography gives students an appreciation of where they stand in the world, as well as the geospatial skills to compete successfully in the job market.


The goals of the MA Program in Geography are to broaden and deepen students' understanding of the spatial and environmental dimensions of the world we inhabit. Often students enter the program with an undergraduate degree in Geography, but the program is flexible enough to serve students from other backgrounds who wish to pursue their geographic interests.

Program specialties include Historical Geography, Great Plains, Urban and Political Geography, Human-Environment Relations, and Cultural Geography, as well as Cartography and GIS. Interdisciplinary work is encouraged and available, not least because we are located in the School of Global Integrative Studies along with Anthropology and Global Studies. There are three options for the degree: Option 1, the thesis option, which combines original research with 30 hours of coursework; Option2, the non-thesis option, which involves 36 hours of coursework; and Option 3, which is non-thesis but requires a publishable paper. Typically, a student will complete the degree in two years.

Teaching assistantships, paying $15.000 for the academic year and also giving tuition remission, are available on a competitive basis. Students can expect to receive close attention from the faculty, who are dedicated to advancing their educational and occupational goals.

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • One set of transcripts.
  • If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
  • If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    * Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

Major Admission Requirements

  • Three recommendation letters
  • Statement of goals

Admission Deadlines

For financial consideration: January 8 for Fall.

NOTE: When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed



Graduate Chair

David Wishart

Support Staff

Kat Bickert

Tuition & Fees

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