Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

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Areas of Study

These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.

  • Great Plains Studies
  • Historical-Cultural Geography
  • Human Geography
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Geography

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Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

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Graduate Chair
Dr. David Wishart

Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Ms. Katherine Bickert

Campus Address
933 Oldfather Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0370

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

2. Required by Geography

  • 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, our 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. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years.


Geography is a Program in the College of Arts and Sciences offering MA and PHD degrees. Areas of interest are Historical Geography, Human-Environment interactions, and Remote Sensing. Regionally the Great Plains has been, and is, a persistent focus. Interdisciplinary work is encouraged, and we work closely with the School of Natural Resources, especially the Center for Advanced Land Management Technologies (CALMIT), Community and Regional Planning, and the Center for Great Plains Studies.

Particularly strong programs exist in these areas:

  • Historical and Human Geography, focusing on culture and settlement of the Great Plains, environmental perception and political behavior
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Geography, emphasizing geospatial dimensions of conservation, water resources, natural hazards, climatology and related areas
  • Community and Regional Planning, a cross-disciplinary doctoral program combining strengths of the faculty of Geography and faculty of Community and Regional Planning

Many geography faculty and students are affiliated with university programs and research centers such as the Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies, the National Drought Mitigation Center, the High Plains Regional Climate Center, the Center for Great Plains Studies, and Community and Regional Planning

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Faculty and research

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J. Clark Archer

Political; Settlement; Computer Cartography; Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Patrick Bitterman

Adaptive Decision-Making in Social-Ecological Systems; Agro-Water Systems; GIS Methods

Rebecca Buller

Cultural Geography; Experiencing Place; Geographic Education; Great Plains’ Women’s History and Populations; Historical Geography; Historical Geography of the Great Plains; Human Trafficking; Social Justice; Outdoor Education and Leadership; Place Attachment; Qualitative Methods; Recreation and Tourism; Rural Geography; Sense of Place

Rodrigo Cantarero

Economic Development and Planning; GIS; Minority Health Issues; Small Town Quality of Life Issues; ImmigrationAffiliated 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 InteractionAffiliated Faculty

Gordon Scholz

Land Use Planning; Historic Preservation; Urban Planning and DesignAffiliated Faculty

Robert Shepard

Population Geography; Quantitative Spatial Data Analysis; Geographic Disparities Related to Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Class

Zhenghong Tang

Environmental Planning and Policy; Local Land Use Planning in Environmental Management; Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptations; GIS Applications in PlanningAffiliated Faculty

Brian Wardlow

Land Use and Cover; Drought; Biogeography; Climate-Vegetation Interactions; Remote Sensing; GIS

David Wishart

Dispossession of Indigenous Peoples; Great Plains; Geographical and Historical Epistemology

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: Geography.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Kurt Mueller.